(CNN) - For many US schools welcoming students back, a return to in-person learning was abruptly halted after new Covid-19 cases.
More than 2,000 students, teachers and staff members across five states have been quarantined after at least 230 positive coronavirus cases were reported.
It's a grim start to the school year many hoped could mark the beginning of a return to normalcy, but one expert have long warned would come at a cost. More studies have shown how easily children can get and spread coronavirus. But some pediatricians caution that distance-learning has negative consequences for primary-age students and for working families.
The dilemma has forced school districts to navigate whether to re-open, and what to do if in-person learning proves dangerous.
In Georgia's Cherokee County School District, more than 1,100 students, teachers and staff members are under quarantine after Covid-19 cases were reported. The district began in-person learning August 3, and as of Tuesday reported 59 positive cases. The two-week quarantine period has impacted more than a dozen schools.
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