Sep. 14—TUPELO — The Lee County School District reported 51 COVID-19 cases among students and 133 student quarantines during the sixth week of school.
Around 2% of the district's approximately 6,000 students were quarantined during the sixth week, the same as the previous week. The Tupelo Public School District had quarantined around 3% of its approximately 7,000 students during the sixth week.
There were student COVID-19 cases at 12 of the district's 14 schools. Shannon Primary School, Shannon Middle School The Belden Center did not report any cases among students or teachers/staff during week six.
The district also reported six COVID-19 cases among teachers and staff. Only one teacher or staff member was quarantined because of close contact with a positive case.
The district reported one outbreak at Guntown Middle School during the sixth week, which is defined as three or more cases within a group like a classroom or sports team.
Face masks are currently optional for all Lee County Schools students during the 2021-22 school year after having been mandated by Gov. Tate Reeves for the entirety of the previous year.
The percentage of quarantined students at schools across the district runs anywhere from a low of less than 1% to a high of 8%, according to LCSD Communications Officer Robert Byers.