Hoxie superintendent reacts to ACHI “Red Zone” report

Report lists Hoxie as one of Arkansas' “Red Zones”

Hoxie superintendent reacts to ACHI “Red Zone” report

HOXIE, Ark. (KAIT) - According to a recent report, the Hoxie School District has 103 new cases of COVID-19 within its district’s population.

Superintendent Kelly Gillham says that number is concerning, but it can be misleading.

“We know some of those [numbers] are our parents, our grandparents, community members who are involved with our school,” Gillham said. "What I want our parents and our community to know is that is the active cases in the Hoxie community, not the school district.”

As for the school itself, however, according to Gillham, there are less than five active cases, and over 40 are in quarantine out of nearly 1,000 students and staff.

“We have been very consistent over the past six weeks," she said, referring to having "between seven and less than five positive cases of staff and students, and between 30 to 50 students in quarantine.”

Even though the school has been consistent with the number of COVID-19 cases, she recognizes that the community’s numbers are increasing. But when it comes to the school, changes to the game plan will not be made.

“We really have taken a lot of measures from the very beginning to keep students from spreading in a large group setting,” Gillham said.

Some of those measures include assigned seating in the cafeteria and on the school bus. Water fountains have been replaced with fill stations, and masks and social distancing are required on campus.

Gillham adds that she has taken some phone calls from concerned parents, to which she has responded by reassuring them they have been following the Arkansas Department of Health’s guidelines to keep their children as safe as possible.

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