Watauga County Schools Superintendent Dr. Scott Elliot says the school system continues to see higher numbers of cases among students and staff due to the COVID-19 Delta variant.

Watauga Online reports school nurses have investigated over 1100 reports of COVID-like symptoms among students and staff. There were 83 students and 22 staff that tested positive.

According to the report, Elliot said nurses believe that 4 of those 83 student cases were from secondary transmission at school. The other 79 were from outside activities or had no known source.

Elliot said the school system has hired two additional nurse assistants, and will be hiring six full time substitute teachers to be available if needed.

Additional bus drivers and cafeteria workers are also needed. Contact your school's principal for more information.