Over 100 Students Forced to Quarantine After First Week of School Due to COVID

A handful of students have tested positive for COVID-19, leading to more than 100 students in a school district quarantining, roughly a week after in-person classes resumed.

Six students and one staff member at Corinth School District in Mississippi contracted the virus, spokesperson Taylor Coombs told CNN.

Coombs said it conducted contract-tracing and found that 116 students of the 2700 school population have been considered “in close contact” to someone who tested positive.

Those individuals included anyone who was within 6 feet of an infected person for 15 minutes or more. They were sent home to quarantine for 14 days.

In a letter posted on Facebook on Thursday, the school district notified parents of one more individual who tested positive.

Corinth was one of the first school districts to reopen with in-person classes resuming on July 27.

Parents have the option of sending their kids back to school or opting for virtual learning.

According to the district's reopening plan, students and staff are screened daily upon entering the building with temperature checks. Face masks must also be worn.

The outbreak at the school comes on the heels of a nationwide debate on whether or not it’s safe for teachers and children to return to classrooms.

While some schools contemplate a hybrid-learning model, the CDC released guidelines that are in favor of reopening education and child care centers.

States like California and Texas have pushed back fall sports and after-school activities to the winter semester. Chicago announced CPS will begin a full remote learning model for the fall semester.

This isn’t the first case of children contracting the novel virus upon returning to school.

A second grader in Cherokee County, Georgia has tested positive for COVID-19 after one day of in-person classes.

The second-grade classroom will be closed out of “an abundance of caution and in accordance with our Exposure and Response Plan.”

Last week, at least one student and one school staff member in Indiana’s Greenfield-Central Junior High School tested positive for coronavirus, days after the state reopened schools.

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