NE Arkansas school districts reporting COVID-19 cases

NE Arkansas school districts reporting COVID-19 cases

JONESBORO, Ark. (KAIT) - Just months 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 Monday, Nov. 30, the following districts are reporting at least 5 active confirmed cases, according to the Arkansas Department of Health or have otherwise communicated COVID cases on their campuses. These numbers do not include quarantine numbers unless otherwise noted:

Baxter County

  • Mountain Home School District:
    • As of Nov. 30, ADH reported 13 active cases, 30 cumulative faculty/staff cases and 92 cumulative student cases.
    • As of Nov. 25, ADH reported 11 active cases, 27 cumulative faculty/staff cases and 87 cumulative student cases.

Clay County

  • Corning School District:
    • As of Nov. 30, ADH reported 10 active cases, 10 cumulative faculty/staff cases and 19 cumulative student cases.
    • As of Nov. 25, ADH reported 9 active cases, 9 cumulative faculty/staff cases, and 16 cumulative student cases.
    • School officials said in a Facebook post that grades 9-12 at Corning High School will be completing work virtually from Nov. 30-Dec. 4 due to staff quarantines. However, officials noted that Park Elementary and Corning Middle School will be on site as usual.
  • Piggott School District:
    • As of Nov. 30, ADH no longer reporting 5 active cases.
    • As reported on Sept. 12, the Piggott School District went fully virtual due to COVID-19 through Friday, Sept. 18, and returned to face-to-face instruction on Sept. 21.
  • Rector School District:
    • As of Nov. 30, ADH reported 7 active cases, 12 cumulative faculty/staff cases and 30 cumulative student cases.
    • As of Nov. 25, ADH reported 14 active cases, 12 cumulative faculty/staff cases and 29 cumulative student cases.

Craighead County

  • Bay School District:
    • As of Nov. 23, ADH no longer reporting 5 active cases.
  • Blessed Sacrament:
    • As of Nov. 16, ADH no longer reporting 5 active cases.
  • Buffalo Island School District:
    • As of Nov. 5, ADH no longer reporting 5 active cases.
    • As reported on Sept. 24, grades 7-12 will remain virtual, while grades K-6 will be open for onsite instruction. Officials also said Pre-K will remain open.
    • As reported on Sept. 21, the district would transition to virtual until Monday, Sept. 28.
  • Brookland School District:
    • As of Nov. 30, ADH reported 22 active cases, 31 cumulative faculty/staff cases and 106 cumulative student cases.
    • As of Nov. 25, ADH reported 20 active cases, 28 cumulative faculty/staff cases and 91 cumulative student cases.
    • On Tuesday, Nov. 17, citing a “rapid increase in the number of staff and students quarantined,” the district switched the elementary school to virtual learning for the remainder of the week.
  • Jonesboro Public Schools:
    • As of Nov. 30, ADH reported 15 active cases, 69 cumulative faculty/staff cases and 184 cumulative student cases.
    • As of Nov. 25, ADH reported 21 active cases, 68 cumulative faculty/staff cases and 179 cumulative student cases.
    • As 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.
    • Reported on Tuesday, Sept. 22, that Douglas MacArthur Junior High would pivot to remote learning from Wednesday to Friday, Sept. 23-25, “due to the large number of students currently absent from school due to required quarantines.”
  • Nettleton School District:
    • As of Nov. 30, ADH reported 5 active cases, 41 cumulative faculty/staff cases and 125 cumulative student cases.
    • As of Nov. 25, ADH reported 9 active cases, 40 cumulative faculty/staff cases and 122 cumulative student cases.
    • On Monday, Oct. 12, Nettleton announced Fox Meadow School of Creative Media would be closed due to a number of faculty, staff and students under quarantine. The school re-opened on Thursday, Oct. 22.
    • Nettleton announced Monday, Sept. 28, beginning Wednesday, Oct. 7, schools will dismiss at 12:00 p.m. every Wednesday for the rest of the first semester. This district says this will allow an enrichment opportunity for students.
  • Riverside School District:
    • School officials announced Nov. 29 that Riverside High School will pivot to online instruction on Monday, Nov. 30 to Friday, Dec. 4. Onsite classes are set to resume Monday, Dec. 7. The announcement does not impact Riverside East Elementary or Riverside West Elementary.
    • As of Nov. 30, ADH reported 17 active cases, 12 cumulative faculty/staff cases and 33 cumulative student cases.
    • As of Nov. 25, ADH reported 12 active cases, 10 cumulative faculty/staff cases and 25 cumulative student cases.
  • Valley View School District:
    • As of Nov. 30, ADH reported 13 active cases, 24 cumulative faculty/staff cases and 67 cumulative student cases.
    • As of Nov. 25, ADH reported 17 active cases, 20 cumulative faculty/staff cases and 61 cumulative student cases.
    • Following the “rapid increase in the number of staff and students quarantined as a positive case of COVID-19 or as a close contact,” the district announced Saturday, Nov. 14, it would pivot to digital learning the week of Nov. 16-20. Scheduled games and activities would continue as planned.
  • Westside School District:
    • As of Nov. 30, ADH no longer reporting 5 active cases.
    • As reported on Nov. 9, Superintendent Scott Gauntt stated the district would pivot to virtual learning only at both Westside Middle and High Schools (grades 5-12) beginning Tuesday, Nov 10, through Friday, Nov. 20. Both campuses will be closed to on-site instruction.
Westside Middle and High Schools go virtual

Crittenden County

  • Earle School District:
    • As of Nov. 23, ADH no longer reporting 5 active cases.
    • As reported on Nov. 2, the district announced the high school would move to virtual instruction starting Tuesday, Nov. 3 through Thursday, Nov. 12, due to COVID-19 cases and probable close contacts.
    • As reported on Nov. 2, the Earle football team was forced to forfeit their first-round state playoff game due to COVID, thus ending their season.
  • Marion School District:
    • As of Nov. 30, ADH reported 11 active cases, 41 cumulative faculty/staff cases and 95 cumulative student cases.
    • As of Nov. 25, ADH reported 17 active cases, 39 cumulative faculty/staff cases and 91 cumulative student cases.
  • West Memphis School District:
    • As of Nov. 30, ADH reported 19 active cases, 36 cumulative faculty/staff cases and 98 cumulative student cases.
    • As of Nov. 25, ADH reported 13 active cases, 30 cumulative faculty/staff cases and 91 cumulative student cases.

Cross County

  • Cross County School District:
    • As of Nov. 5, ADH no longer reporting 5 active cases.
  • Wynne School District:
    • As of Nov. 30, ADH reported 12 active cases, 30 cumulative faculty/staff cases and 74 cumulative student cases.
    • As of Nov. 25, ADH reported 30 active cases, 29 cumulative faculty/staff cases and 70 cumulative student cases.

Greene County

  • Crowley’s Ridge Academy:
    • As of Nov. 16, ADH no longer reporting 5 active cases.
  • Greene County Tech School District:
    • As of Nov. 30, ADH reported 29 active cases, 76 cumulative faculty/staff cases and 138 cumulative student cases.
    • As of Nov. 25, ADH reported 31 active cases, 71 cumulative faculty/staff cases and 129 cumulative student cases.
    • First reported on Oct. 27, the district announced the middle, junior high, and high schools would pivot to virtual learning beginning Wednesday, Oct. 28, through Monday, Nov. 9.
    • Greene County Tech announced Oct. 12 its schedule for “Make Up Mondays.” Students will be able to go to school to complete assignments or stay at home to complete virtual work. This will affect K-12 only. Preschool will attend a normal day.
  • Marmaduke School District:
    • As of Nov. 30, ADH reported 5 active cases, 7 cumulative faculty/staff cases and 26 cumulative student cases.
    • As of Nov. 25, ADH reported 8 active cases.
    • The junior and senior high schools transitioned to virtual learning on Tuesday, Nov. 17, following an “increased number of positive cases” and quarantined students and staff.
  • Paragould School District:

Independence County

  • Batesville School District:
    • As of Nov. 30, ADH no longer reporting 5 active cases.
  • Cedar Ridge School District:
    • As of Nov. 30, ADH reported 8 active cases, 18 cumulative faculty/staff cases and 43 cumulative student cases.
    • As of Nov. 25, ADH reported 5 active cases, 14 cumulative faculty/staff cases and 41 cumulative student cases.
    • As reported on Oct. 29, the district announced that its football game against Earle, scheduled for Oct. 30, has been canceled.
    • As reported on Sept. 9, an elementary student has tested positive for COVID-19.
  • Midland School District:
    • School officials announced Nov. 6 that Midland High School will move to virtual instruction on Nov. 9, while Midland Elementary will have school as usual. Also, Midland TINY TOTS and PRESCHOOL will be open.
  • Southside School District:
    • As of Nov. 30, ADH no longer reporting 5 active cases.

Izard County

  • Izard Co. Consolidated School District:
    • As of Nov. 30, ADH no longer reporting 5 active cases.
  • Melbourne School District:
    • As of Nov. 19, ADH no longer reporting 5 active cases.

Jackson County

  • Jackson County School District:
    • As of Nov. 30, ADH reported 7 active cases, 33 cumulative faculty/staff cases and 49 cumulative student cases.
    • As of Nov. 25, ADH reported 12 active cases, 33 cumulative faculty/staff cases and 48 cumulative student cases.
    • As reported on Sept. 9, Tuckerman High School pivoted 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.
  • Newport School District:
    • On Monday, Nov. 30, the Newport Special School District announced the entire district will pivot to blended learning for the next two weeks of December 1 to December 11th.
    • As of Nov. 30, ADH reported 5 active cases, 24 cumulative faculty/staff cases and 37 cumulative student cases.
    • As of Nov. 23, ADH no longer reporting 5 active cases.

Lawrence County

  • Hillcrest School District:
    • As of Nov. 16, ADH no longer reporting 5 active cases.
  • Hoxie School District:
    • As of Oct. 22, ADH reports 5 active cases, with 19 cumulative (faculty/staff/students)
    • As reported on Sept. 16 School officials announced that used a Blended Learning Day Sept. 18 on campus.
  • Lawrence County School District:
    • As of Nov. 30, ADH no longer reporting 5 active cases.
  • Sloan Hendrix School District:
    • As of Nov. 30, ADH reported 11 active cases, 20 cumulative faculty/staff cases and 32 cumulative student cases.
    • As of Nov. 25, ADH reported 11 active cases, 18 cumulative faculty/staff cases and 29 cumulative student cases.

Mississippi County

  • Armorel School District:
    • As reported on Nov 13, Armorel will give students and parents the option to continue with virtual learning or return to face-to-face instruction beginning Monday, Nov. 16.
    • As reported on Nov. 2, administrators announced that with several student and staff COVID-19 cases reported the previous weekend, grades 7-12 would pivot to virtual learning from beginning Tuesday, Nov. 3 through Nov. 10.
    • As reported on Oct. 8, Armorel School District went Virtual Learning on October 8 and returned to campus on Oct. 19, 2020.
  • Blytheville School District:
  • Gosnell School District:
    • As of Nov. 30, ADH reported 6 active cases, 19 cumulative faculty/staff cases and 57 cumulative student cases.
    • As of Nov. 25, ADH reported 10 active cases, 18 cumulative faculty/staff cases and 55 cumulative student cases.
    • As reported on Oct. 17, Gosnell School District Superintendent Bonard Mace announced all Kindergarten classrooms will transition to at-home virtual classes through Nov. 1. All other classrooms and grade levels will continue with regular Face to Face instruction.
  • Manila School District:
    • As of Nov. 23, ADH no longer reporting 5 active cases.
    • As reported on Sept. 13, Manila switched to virtual learning on Sept. 14 after 99 staff and students were quarantined.
  • Osceola School District:
    • As of Nov. 25, ADH no longer reporting 5 active cases.
  • Rivercrest School District:
    • As of Nov. 30, ADH reported 8 active cases, 14 cumulative faculty/staff cases and 29 cumulative student cases.

Poinsett County

  • Harrisburg School District:
    • As of Nov. 30, ADH reported 7 active cases, 16 cumulative faculty/staff cases and 30 cumulative student cases.
  • Marked Tree School District:
    • As of Nov. 25, ADH reported 7 active cases, 9 cumulative faculty/staff cases and 36 cumulative student cases.
    • As reported on Oct. 9, Marked Tree School District announced it would continue virtual learning until Monday, Oct. 19.
  • Trumann School District:
    • As of Nov. 25, ADH reported 10 active cases, 25 cumulative faculty/staff cases and 44 cumulative student cases.
    • As reported on Nov. 10, Trumann School District announced K-12 onsite students would move to blended learning from Nov. 11 through Nov. 20.
  • East Poinsett County-Tyronza School District:
    • As reported on Oct. 22 the Tyronza Elementary School announced to pivot to virtual learning for PreK in Tyronza and only 3rd-6th grades beginning Oct. 23rd-Nov. 5th. Tyronza Elementary students will return on Friday, November 6th.
  • East Poinsett County School District :
    • On Nov 2, ADH no longer reporting at least 5 active cases.

Randolph County

  • Pocahontas School District:
    • As of Nov. 30, ADH reported 6 active cases, 25 cumulative faculty/staff cases and 40 cumulative student cases.
    • As of Nov. 25, ADH reported 10 active cases, 25 cumulative faculty/staff cases and 35 cumulative student cases.
    • As reported on Oct. 21, School officials said on Twitter that due to a high number of faculty and staff member absences and a shortage of substitute teachers, Pocahontas Junior High School will pivot to 100% virtual learning starting Oct. 22. Officials also said there will be no students on campus Thursday, Oct. 22 at PJHS.
    • As reported on Sept. 17, MD Williams Intermediate School pivoted to Virtual Learning starting Sept. 18 and returned to in-person instruction on Sept. 21.

Sharp County

  • Cave City School District:
    • As of Nov. 23, ADH no longer reporting 5 active cases.
  • Highland School District:
    • As of Nov. 23, ADH no longer reporting 5 active cases.

St. Francis County

  • Forrest City School District:
    • As of Nov. 25, ADH no longer reporting 5 active cases.
    • Forrest City School District will be going virtual Nov. 16 - 20. However, ABC Preschool and Central Elementary Pre-K will remain open.
    • As of Oct. 1, The Forrest City School District went virtual, beginning Monday, Oct. 5 through Friday, Oct. 9.

White County

  • Harding Academy:
    • As of Nov. 30, ADH reported 6 active cases, 13 cumulative faculty/staff cases and 40 cumulative student cases.
  • Searcy School District:
    • As of Nov. 30, ADH reported 12 active cases, 27 cumulative faculty/staff cases and 81 cumulative student cases.
    • As of Nov. 25, ADH reported 29 active cases, 25 cumulative faculty/staff cases and 79 cumulative student cases.
  • White Co. Central School District:
    • As of Nov. 30, ADH reported 6 active cases, 18 cumulative faculty/staff cases and 52 cumulative student cases.
    • As of Nov. 25, ADH reported 5 active cases, 17 cumulative faculty/staff cases and 49 cumulative student cases.
  • Bald Knob School District:
    • As of Nov. 30, ADH reported 6 active cases, 14 cumulative faculty/staff cases and 25 cumulative student cases.
    • As of Nov. 25, ADH reported 7 active cases, 14 cumulative faculty/staff cases and 25 cumulative student cases.
  • Pangburn School District:
    • As of Nov. 23, ADH no longer reporting 5 active cases.
  • Riverview School District:
    • As of Nov. 25, ADH reported 6 active cases, 8 cumulative faculty/staff cases and 17 cumulative student cases.
  • Rose Bud School District:
    • As of Nov. 25, ADH no longer reporting 5 active cases.

Woodruff County

  • McCrory:
    • As of Nov. 2, ADH reports 5 active cases, with 15 cumulative (faculty/staff/students).

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 and private school districts but also colleges and universities around the state.

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