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Increased staff absences posed a problem in most metro Atlanta school districts after the break. Cobb schools saw “staffing patterns which are similar to COVID-19′s effect on the last two calendar years,” a district spokeswoman said in an email.

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The school system has not published COVID-19 case numbers since Dec. 17, the last day of the fall semester. As of that date, the district has recorded more than 6,500 COVID-19 cases for the 2021-2022 school year. Up to that date, the highest count — 1,033 — was recorded the week ending Aug. 27.

“Recent changes to our public health protocols, and their impact on accurate COVID-19 case counts, are under review,” a spokeswoman told the AJC in an email. “Once determined, we will provide an update, on our COVID-19 webpage, about what process we will use going forward.”

Student absences

  • Jan. 5-7, 2022: 17,510
  • Jan. 6-8, 2021: 13,205
  • Jan. 6-8, 2020: 3,116

Teacher absences

  • Jan. 5-7, 2022: 1,378
  • Jan. 6-8, 2021: 852
  • Jan. 6-8, 2020: 1,070

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