Nearly 1,000 students and staff in D.C. Public Schools are already quarantining after exposure to the coronavirus, barely a week into the new school year and the return to full-time in-person classes.

School officials say 118 staffers and 847 students at 37 campuses have been affected, including all 129 sixth graders at Johnson Middle School in Southeast, WRC-TV (Channel 4) first reported.

A DPCS spokesperson said the Johnson sixth-graders are learning virtually, WTOP reported.

DCPS said that 40 staff members and 73 students reported testing positive as of Tuesday, WTOP reported.

Mayor Muriel Bowser said Wednesday that cases are inevitable, but lauded the school system’s “robust” efforts to track down and isolate those cases.

“So from my perspective, at this point, all of those detection systems and reporting systems are working the way they’ve been designed,” said the mayor, who also stressed the importance of eligible children getting vaccinated against the virus, WTOP reported.

Earlier this week, neighboring Montgomery County also quarantined about 1,000 students and staffers in the first week of resuming in-person learning.

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