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Muskogee Public Schools move to virtual learning amid rising COVID-19 cases

Posted at 2:45 PM, Nov 12, 2020
and last updated 2020-11-13 10:19:41-05

MUSKOGEE, Okla. — Muskogee Public Schools announced Thursday it's moving to virtual learning due to increasing COVID-19 cases and the number of absences across the district.

The district will move to virtual learning beginning Monday, Nov. 16 and students will return to in-person instruction Monday, Dec. 7.

In a letter, Superintendent Dr. Jarod Mendenhall broke down how the rise in coronavirus cases impacted students and staff.

In the month of October, across the district we saw 31 students test positive for COVID-19. Through the first 11 days of November, our positive student cases totaled 32. These positive cases have resulted in 433 students to be either quarantined due to direct contact or self-isolated due to a positive test.

The impacts of COVID-19 has put a strain on both our certified and support staff. Forty-five staff members are currently out due to a COVID-19 related absence. Across the district, we currently have six staff members who have tested positive. Of the 45 staff members who are currently out, 36 are certified staff members.

Absences have stemmed from positive cases leading to self-isolation, to staff showing symptoms of COVID-19, employees having to quarantine due to direct contact, or care for their own child who has been quarantined due to direct contact or has tested positive.
Superintendent Mendenhall

The district said it will continue to provide meals for students. To learn about the district's meal service program, click here.

For more information about Muskogee Public Schools return to school plan, click here.

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