NE Arkansas school districts reporting COVID-19 cases

NE Arkansas school districts reporting COVID-19 cases
(Source: WIS)

JONESBORO, Ark. (KAIT) - Just weeks after the start of a new school year, several Northeast Arkansas school districts have begun reporting positive COVID-19 cases among their students and faculty.

As of Thursday, Sept. 17, the following districts are reporting cases:

Clay County

  • Piggott School District: Goes virtual on Tuesday, Sept. 15 through Friday, Sept. 18. ADH reports 7 active cases, with 6 cumulative faculty/staff cases and 9 cumulative student cases.

Craighead County

  • Brookland School District: ADH reports 5 active cases, with 16 cumulative cases (faculty/staff/students).
  • Jonesboro Public Schools » : Reported on Sept. 1, that one positive case resulted in eight employees being sent home and quarantined for 14 days. The school, nor the employee’s position was released. As of Sept. 17, ADH reports 14 active cases with 11 cumulative (faculty/staff) and 28 cumulative student cases.
  • Nettleton School District: ADH reports 6 active cases, 29 cumulative (faculty/staff/students).
  • Valley View School District: ADH reports 8 active cases, 24 cumulative (faculty/staff/students).

Cross County

  • Wynne School District: ADH reports 9 active cases, with 9 cumulative faculty/staff cases and 26 cumulative student cases.

Greene County

  • Greene County Tech School District: ADH reports 8 active cases, with 10 cumulative faculty/staff cases and 12 cumulative student cases.

Independence County

  • Batesville School District: ADH reports 8 active cases, with 26 cumulative faculty/staff cases and 25 cumulative student cases.
  • Cedar Ridge School District »: As of Wednesday, Sept. 9, an elementary student has tested positive for COVID-19. On Tuesday, the district reported five individuals on the elementary school campus tested positive and “several high school faculty have been identified as probable close contacts with COVID-positive individual(s)”. Both schools have switched to virtual learning. On Sept. 17, ADH reported 10 active cases with 7 cumulative cases (faculty/staff) and 9 cumulative student cases.

Jackson County

  • Jackson County School District »: As of Wednesday, Sept. 9, Tuckerman High School is pivoting to Blended Learning starting Sept. 10 and continuing through Sept. 18. The Tuckerman High School will be closed to students at this time, with plans to return onsite on Sept. 21. Tuckerman Elementary School, Tuckerman Preschool, Swifton Middle School, and Swifton Preschool will remain open and school will continue as usual with onsite instruction, officials said. School officials noted that while they had a low percentage of students at the High School who tested positive, they were involved in large group activities that required several students to quarantine for the next 14 days. ADH reports 9 active cases, with 13 cumulative faculty/staff/student cases.
  • Newport School District: ADH reports 5 active cases, with 7 cumulative cases (faculty/staff/students)

Lawrence County

  • Hoxie School District »: As of Wednesday, Sept. 9, Hoxie School District currently has five positive COVID-19 cases in their schools, four in high school and one in elementary. Superintendent Kelly Gilliam says the school was deeply sanitized. School officials announced Sept. 16 that they will be using a Blended Learning Day Sept. 18 on campus.
  • Lawrence County School District »: Walnut Ridge High School, as of Wednesday, Sept. 9, has had confirmed cases of COVID-19. The senior high football game against East Poinsett County scheduled for Friday, Sept. 11, was canceled after two players tested positive. The superintendent said Wednesday 14 students were in quarantine as a precaution. As of Sept. 17, ADH reported six active cases.
  • Sloan Hendrix High School » reported their first positive COVID case on Monday, Sept. 14.

Mississippi County

  • Blytheville School District » : On Sept. 18, administrators announced two Kindergarten classes would be quarantined after a student tested positive for COVID-19. Individuals were in probable close contact with the student have been notified.
  • Manila School District » : Switches to virtual learning on Sept. 14 after 99 staff and students were quarantined. ADH reports 7 active cases, 13 cumulative faculty/staff/student cases.

Poinsett County

  • Harrisburg School District » : Four students have tested positive for COVID-19. Four teachers were in “probable close contact" and are in quarantine. As of Tuesday, Sept. 8, 56 students are quarantined due to exposure to the coronavirus.
  • Trumann School District » : On Sept. 8, one Trumann High School student and two Trumann Middle School students tested positive for COVID-19.

Randolph County

  • Pocahontas School District » : Due to students and staff members testing positive for COVID-19 at Pocahontas High School, grades 10-12 pivot to virtual learning Tuesday and Wednesday, Sept. 15 & 16. 9th grade students will remain at PJHS during class times normally scheduled in the high school building. All high school extra-curricular activities are postponed Tuesday and Wednesday. ADH reports 5 active cases, 8 cumulative faculty/staff/student cases. School officials also reported that MD Williams Intermediate School will be pivoting to Virtual Learning starting Sept. 18 as a precaution due to recent developments involving teachers and staff members with COVID-19 and the possibility of student contacts at the school.

St. Francis County

  • Forrest City School District: 9 active cases, with 6 cumulative faculty/staff cases and 25 cumulative student cases.

White County

  • Searcy School District: 5 active cases, with no cumulative faculty/staff/student cases.

Crittenden County

  • West Memphis School District: 8 active cases, with 6 cumulative faculty/staff cases and 28 cumulative student cases.

Region 8 News will endeavor to update this list as data and information become available.

To help parents ensure their child’s safety, the Arkansas Department of Health provides a report each Monday and Thursday on educational institutions in the state with five or more cases reported.

The ADH report not only includes public school districts, but also colleges and universities around the state.

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