Corinth School District, first to reopen in Mississippi, reports COVID-19 case
A high school student in Corinth has tested positive for coronavirus during the first week of classes. The school district officially opened its doors to students and staff Monday, and reported the case Friday.
The positive case is likely to be the first of many as schools set to reopen across the state.
Corinth School District officials made the announcement on the district's Facebook page Friday afternoon.
District officials said they have conducted contract tracing. Anyone within 6 feet of the infected student for 15 minutes or longer has been notified, it said.
Those notified are required to quarantine away from school for 14 days. They are expected to attend classes virtually, the district said.
Superintendent Lee Childress said a parent of the student who tested positive for the virus contacted the school district. He said on Friday he has been in contact with the state Health Department.
Due to a modified schedule, the district was the first in the state to reopen to students, teachers and staff, said Childress. The three schools in the district — a high school, middle school and elementary school — reopened on Monday.
Similar to other districts in the state, Corinth gave students and parents the option of returning to in-person attendance or virtual attendance. About 80% to 85% of students have elected to return to in-person schooling. The rest have decided to attend school virtually, Childress said.
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He said the district is taking proactive measures to prevent the spread of the virus. That includes giving all students and staff a thermal screening before entering any of the district facilities.