Back-To-School: Districts Across The Metro With Positive COVID Cases, Exposures


Friday, August 21st 2020, 4:39 pm
By: News 9


School districts across the state are working to provide transparent information to parents and the community as new COVID-19 exposures and positive cases arise. News 9 has compiled a working list of districts with known positives for teachers, staff and students.

Updates will be provided daily as they become available.

Tuesday, Sept. 22

Newcastle Public Schools:  All Newcastle schools will move to distance learning, school officials said Tuesday. In a message to parents, the district said the move is due to being unsuccessful in slowing the spread of COVID-19 among the school community. Distance learning begins Wednesday, September 23. The district plans to return to in-person classes on October 5.

Moore Public Schools: Officials with Moore Public Schools said Westmoore parents received a letter Monday saying 48 players and coaches on the football team have entered a two week quarantine. Football activities will be suspended until October 1. Officials said they will notify any additional students that need to quarantine. Approximately 200 students and staff were asked to quarantine.

Deer Creek Public Schools: A child at Grove Valley Elementary tested positive for COVID-19. The district said only a small number of people were impacted in one class.

Friday, Sept. 18

Clinton Public Schools: Clinton Public Schools announced that the high school's Friday night football game against Millwood has been canceled.

The district's reasoning for canceling the game is due to players from the Millwood football team being exposed to COVID-19.

Monday, Sept. 14

Choctaw-Nicoma Park Schools: Eight staff members and four students have tested positive for COVID-19. Contact tracing is being conducted by the Oklahoma City-County Health Department.

Metro Tech: Two students at Metro Tech tested positive for COVID-19. Contact tracing has been conducted and the students with exposure will continue their program through virtual learning.

Sunday, September 13

El Reno Public Schools: El Reno Public Schools learned Sunday that one of their faculty members at Lincoln Learning Center has tested positive for COVID-19. The district said it has identified the faculty members and students who may have been exposed up to 48 hours before the individual's positive test or start of symptoms. Students will transition to distance learning beginning Monday, Sept. 14. The Lincoln Learning Center will be sanitized and disinfected before face-to-face learning students will return to the center on Monday, Sept. 28.

Tuesday, September 8

Norman Public Schools: Students at Kennedy and Eisenhower Elementary schools in Norman have tested positive for COVID-19. This comes as middle and high school student's who've chosen traditional, remote or blended learning options transition to partial in-school instruction, Tuesday. This makes nine known cases of COVID-19 within Norman Public Schools

Thursday, September 3

Choctaw-Nicoma Park Schools: An employee at James Griffith Intermediate has tested positive for COVID-19. School officials said the exposure happened in a self-contained classroom. The parents of 11 students have been notified, and they will be required to quarantine. An additional staff member will also self-quarantine.

Wednesday, September 2

Anadarko Public Schools: The district announced Tuesday that there are three COVID-19 cases at Anadarko Middle School. The district said they're working with the Caddo County Health Department to contact trace. People who have been in direct contact with the positive students will receive a phone call.

Tuesday, September 1

El Reno Public Schools: The district announced Tuesday a student has tested positive for COVID-19. The student and others who may have had close contact have been asked to quarantine for 14 days. School officials said Etta Dale Jr. High will transition to distance learning beginning Wednesday, September 2 through September 15. Traditional in-person classes will resume September 16.

Monday, Aug. 31

El Reno Public Schools: A student tested positive for COVID-19. The student had access to El Reno High School, Etta Dale Jr. High gym and Canadian Valley Vo-Tech Center. The student was not in attendance at El Reno Public Schools for the last four days. Students and staff who were in close contact with the student are being contacted and are asked to quarantine.

Friday, August 28

Mustang Public Schools: In the first of what district said will be weekly COVID-19 updates, Mustang Public Schools said there are 22 known cases of COVID-19 districtwide.

Ponca City Public Schools: PCPS announced Friday that an individual has tested positive for COVID-19 at Ponca City High School. Through a thorough contact tracing investigation, the district said it has quarantined 26 close contacts there, and it was determined there was one other close contact at another site to the positive case. The quarantines will be in effect through September 10.

High School Football

Some high school football games have been canceled or postponed due to positive COVID-19 cases.

Canceled:

  1. Enid at Putnam City
  2. Tishomingo at Madill
  3. Elmore City at Konawa
  4. McLoud vs. Classen SAS
  5. Thomas at Watonga

Postponed:

  1. Deer Creek at Edmond North
  2. Chisholm at Perkins-Tryon
  3. Lindsay vs. Pals Valley

Wednesday, August 26

Edmond Public Schools: A public information officer for Edmond Public Schools said a student at Edmond Memorial has tested positive for COVID-19. The district said 17 other students are now in quarantine for a 10-day period. No staff members were affected.

North Rock Creek Public Schools: According to a letter sent to North Rock Creek Public School parents, an elementary school student tested positive for COVID-19. In the letter, Superintendent Blake Moody said has fully recovered and is currently in quarantine.

Tuesday, August 25

Wellston Public Schools: According to the Wellston Public Schools website, a staff member at Wellston Elementary tested positive for COVID-19. No students were in close contact with the staff member. Buildings and school buses are being cleaned and sanitized daily.

Stroud Public Schools: A second grade student at Stroud Public Schools tested positive for COVID-19. The entire second grade class, identified staff members and bus riders of bus 14 (including middle school and high school students) have all been place in a 14-day quarantine.

Clinton Public Schools: Several positive COVID-19 cases have been reported in the Clinton school district, officials said. Those impacted by recent positive cases will be contacted directly by the Custer County Health Department.

Edmond Public Schools: The principal at Sequoyah Middle School, Emily Steele said a student-athlete tested positive for COVID-19. School officials said 16 other student-athletes and five other students that were directly affected have begun a 14-day quarantine. An Edmond North High School student-athlete also tested positive for COVID-19. School officials said 21 people who in contact with the student have begun a 14-day quarantine. A teacher at Heritage Elementary School tested positive for COVID-19. The teacher is in isolation and has not been at the school since Friday. Four teachers and six students were identified as being in close contact with the teacher. They will complete a 14-day quarantine.

Monday, August 24

Enid Public Schools: 29 students or staff across the Enid school district tested positive for COVID-19. School officials said 362 students or staff are now in quarantine after being in close contact with the individuals who tested positive.

Stillwater Public Schools: Stillwater Public Schools Superintendent Dr. Marc Moore announced Sunday that the district will switch to distance learning beginning Tuesday and run through Friday, August 28.Dr. Moore's reasoning for the switch was the Oklahoma State Department of Health's designation Thursday of Payne County as a county experiencing a moderate risk for the spread of COVID-19. The county has seen at least 20 new cases of the virus pop up daily countywide, according to Dr. Moore.

Chickasaw Public Schools: A student at Grand Avenue Elementary School has tested positive for COVID-19, the school said on Facebook Monday. The school said they will quarantine the entire class for 14 days and have started contact tracing.

Friday, August 21

Edmond Public Schools: Two teachers at Cross Timbers Elementary School have tested positive for COVID-19, Edmond Public Schools announced Friday. Both teachers are quarantining for a 10-day period.

Seminole Public Schools: A Seminole Public Schools employee has tested positive for COVID-19. The district said Friday one self-contained class at Wilson Elementary School will move to distance learning beginning Monday, August 24 and possibly resume Tuesday, September 8. One grade level at Northwood Elementary School will also move to distance learning for Monday, August 24 and Tuesday August 25. The district will decide a return to school plan for Northwood by Tuesday evening.

Little Axe Public Schools: Beginning Monday, August 24 Little Axe Public Schools will move to distance learning, due to a number of staff members experiencing COVID-19 symptoms, according to the district. In-person classes will resume Tuesday, September 8.