Two students from the West Africa have been cleared to enter Dunwoody High and Elementary schools, according to a memo sent to parents Oct. 29 from Dunwoody High Principal Thomas S. McFarrin.

“Two weeks ago, a family from Liberia, an Ebola affected nation, sought to enroll their two children in Dunwoody Elementary and Dunwoody High schools,” the memo stated. “Based on consultations with the district’s lead nurse, the DeKalb County Public Health Department, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the Georgia Department of Education and the U.S. Department of Education, the district requested specified medical documents and verification of entry date into the United States to determine whether the students have been free of symptoms for the Ebola virus for more than the 21-day incubation period.”

The memo continued, “These documents have been received and evaluated by the district and accepted by the superintendent. The parents have been notified that they may enroll their children. We are happy to welcome these new students to the DeKalb County School District and our school where they will be embraced, encouraged and supported.

On Oct. 16 it was reported that two Dunwoody students who had returned recently ffrom West Africa were stopped from returning to school because of Ebola concerns. The student’s father worked for CARE, a humanitarian organization, and the family returned from Africa in September. They sought to enroll the children at Dunwoody High School and Dunwoody Elementary. CARE officials wrote a letter saying the family had been in the United States longer than the 21-day watch period for symptoms, but the district required confirmation from the Centers for Disease Control or the county health department.

On Oct. 16 the DeKalb School District also announced it was establishing protocols for enrolling new students from Ebola affected areas. It notified all principals and administrators that no new students from Ebola-affected West African countries would be enrolled or allowed to attend classes on campuses without proper medical documentation and approval by the superintendent.

Ann Marie Quill

Ann Marie Quill is Associate Editor at Reporter Newspapers.