Tupelo Schools report 76 student COVID-19 cases during sixth week

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Sep. 14—The Tupelo Public School District reported 76 positive COVID-19 cases among students during its sixth week, down from 124 reported the previous week.

There were eight cases among students in pre-K through second grade, 26 in third through fifth grade, 24 in sixth through eighth grade and 18 at the high school.

There were 157 total students considered close contacts to a positive case. A total of 233 students were quarantined during the sixth week, significantly lower than 512 quarantines the previous week.

That's more than 3% of the district's 7,000 students quarantined, down from 7% the previous week.

Masks have been required for all students and staff, regardless of vaccination status, since school started Aug. 4.

According to the district, all positive cases have been self-reported and occurred outside of school.

The district also reported twelve positive cases among teachers — two in pre-K through second grade, two in third through fifth grade, four in sixth through eighth grade and two at the high school. Thirteen teachers were quarantined.

One member of the support staff tested positive for the virus at the pre-K through second grade level.


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