Here Are Oklahoma School Districts Where COVID-19 Cases Have Been Discovered Since School Began | KGOU
KGOU

Here Are Oklahoma School Districts Where COVID-19 Cases Have Been Discovered Since School Began

Aug 14, 2020

After less than a month of instruction, about 20% of Oklahoma school districts have publicly reported a positive case of the coronavirus.

The figure is illustrated in a StateImpact database of school districts where COVID-19 cases have been reported.

The cases can be found in every corner and every type of school in the state. There are no signs of its spread slowing as districts have declined to take actions like mask mandates or pivoting to distance learning when there's significant community spread in their home county.

We'll continue tracking confirmed cases and outbreaks at schools in this post.

 

Here is a list of schools where StateImpact has found announcements or news reports of active case discoveries:

  •  

  • On Sept. 9, Jenks Public Schools released its dashboard that showed two staff and four students had tested positive for COVID-19 and 28 people were in quarantine. The district hadn't yet started in person instruction

  • On Sept. 9, Ardmore Public Schools announced a football player had tested positive for COVID-19, forcing the team to cancel it's games for the next two weeks.

  • On Sept. 9, John Rex Charter School announced to parents that two people in the school had tested positive for COVID-19.

  • On Sept. 9, Oklahoma City Public Schools reported that seven staff members had tested positive for the coronavirus and self-reported to the district during the week between Aug. 31 and Sept. 4.

  • During the week of Aug. 24, Fairview Public Schools superintendent Craig Church said one student tested positive for the coronavirus and 11 total students were quarantined. All impacted people are back in school.

  • On Sept. 6, Okeene Public Schools discovered a student had tested positive for the coronavirus, district superintendent Mike Jinkens said. As a result eight students were quarantined.

  • On Sept. 8, Harrah Public Schools announced two middle school students had tested positive for COVID-19. The district was conducting contact tracing.

  • On Sept. 5, Durant Public Schools announced multiple students had tested positive for the coronavirus. The district remained open and conducted contact tracing.

  • On Sept. 6, Navajo Public Schools in Altus announced a high school senior had tested positive for COVID-19.

  • On Sept. 1, Caddo Public Schools announced a high school student had tested positive for COVID-19. The district was conducting contact tracing.

  • On Sept. 8, Woodall Public Schools announced a student had tested positive for COVID-19. Because the student hadn't been in school the previous week there were no additonal people quarantined.

  • On Sept. 4, Chouteau-Mazie Public Schools announced a high school student had tested positive for COVID-19. As a result the high school's football game was cancelled.

  • On Sept. 8, Enid Public Schools dashboard showed 41 people were currently under quarantine after testing positive for COVID-19. As a result almost 400 people were in qurantine for close contacts.

  • On Sept. 8, Jay Public Schools announced a staff member and someone who works for an agency in the district had tested positive for COVID-19. As a result, two people were quarantined.

  • On Sept. 8, Mangum Public Schools announced a student was a presumptive positive for COVID-19 and six other potential exposures were under quarantine while they awaited testing results.

  • On Sept. 8, Hennessey Public Schools announced that the district had three positive tests for COVID-19 in the previous week. In August, Gov. Kevin Stitt had toured the school, touting its safety protocols.

  • On Sept. 7, Comanche Public Schools announced that "multiple students" had tested positive for COVID-19. Those affected were quarantined for 14 days but the district remained open.

  • On Sept. 7, Bristow Public Schools announced someone at the district's middle school had tested positive. Close contacts were notified of possible exposure.

  • On Sept. 8, Inola Public Schools Superintendent Kent Holbrook said two students who were part of the high school volleyball team had tested positive for COVID-19. As a result 40 people were quarantined. Additionally, one middle school student had tested positive and 20 students were quarantined as a result.

  • On Sept. 4, Harding Fine Arts Academy in OKC announced a student had tested positive for COVID-19. The school is on a rotational schedule and local health officials said broader quarantines weren't necessary.

  • On Sept. 7, Locust Grove Public Schools announced that a teacher had tested positive for COVID-19. The district transitioned to distance learning for a week as a result.

  • On Sept. 2, Gore Public Schools announced a student and staffer had tested positive for COVID-19. As a result, close contacts were quarantined.

  • On Sept. 4, Idabel Public Schools announced one student and one staffer were under quarantine after testing positive for COVID-19. Additionally, 33 people were under quarantine.

  • On Sept. 4, Guymon Public Schools released its dashboard. The dashboard revealed 17 students and 13 staffers were under quarantine after a positive test. As a result 252 students and 12 staff were under quarantine.

  • On Sept. 2, Altus Public Schools announced a high schooler and a fifth grader had tested positive for COVID-19. The previous week, the school announced a softball coach had tested positive for the virus.

  • On Sept. 7, Choctaw-Nicoma Park Public Schools announced a Nicoma Park Elementary School teacher had tested positive for COVID-19. As a result, the entire first grade class was quarantined for two weeks.

  • On Sept. 7, Norman Public Schools told the Norman Transcript two elementary school students had tested positive for the coronavirus. The previous week, the newspaper reported seven had tested positive including five students and two staffers.

  • On Sept. 4, Leach Public Schools announced a student in the district had tested positive for COVID-19. As a result, the district moved to distance learning until Sept. 14.

  • On Sept. 4, Cherokee Public Schools announced a Cherokee Middle School student had tested positive for COVID-19.

  • On Sept. 3, Cement Public Schools announced a kindergarten student had tested positive for COVID-19. On Sept. 5, the district announced all kindergarteners and first graders would pivot to distance learning.

  • On Sept. 3, Harrah Public Schools announced an elementary school student had tested positive for the coronavirus.

  • On Aug. 31, Millwood Public Schools had posted five cases on the district's COVID-19 dashboard.

  • On Sept. 4, Woodward Public Schools released a dashboard that showed the district had two students and one staffer test positive for COVID-19. As a result, 41 people were quarantined.

  • On Sept. 4, Mustang Public Schools announced the district had 15 active cases of COVID-19 and 194 people on isolation or quarantine because of close contacts.

  • On Aug. 28, Guymon Public Schools announced 37 people including staff and students had tested positive for COVID-19. As a result, 357 people were quarantined.

  • On Sept. 4, Muskogee Public Schools announced a staffer at Pershing Elementary School had tested positive for COVID-19 and 22 people were in quarantine. The district planned to pivot to distance learning next week.

  • On Aug. 31, Weatherford Public Schools quarantined a class of elementary students following exposure to a positive case.

  • On Aug. 27, Thomas-Fay-Custer Public Schools announced two students had tested positive for COVID-19.

  • On Sept. 3, Perkins-Tryon announced that there had been one case in the school district so far this school year.

  • On Sept. 3, after one student at Elk City Public Schools tested positive for COVID-19. As a result, 23 students were quarantined for 14 days.

  • On Aug. 30, Crooked Oak Public Schools announced a student at Crooked Oak High School had tested positive for COVID-19. The district transitioned to distance learning for two weeks at the high school site

  • On Sept. 3, 42 students from Minco Public Schools were in quarantine after three had tested positive for COVID-19.

  • On Sept. 3, 130 students and staff from Tahlequah Public Schools were in quarantine after five students and two staffers had tested positive for COVID-19. The district had previously pivoted to distance learning for two days following the death of a teacher who had contracted COVID-19 shortly before she died.

  • On Sept. 2, it was reported that Moore Public Schools had 42 positive cases of COVID-19 since the school year began.

  • On Sept. 3, Grandfield Public Schools shifted to distance learning after an elementary school teacher tested positive for COVID-19.

  • On Sept. 3, Roland Public Schools announced a high school student tested positive for the coronavirus. The district asked parents to monitor their students for potential symptoms.

  • On Sept. 3, Canton Public Schools announced it would shift to all distance learning after a student had tested positive the previous day and health department officials advised the district to do so.

  • On Sept. 3, Santa Fe South sent a letter to parents updating them that 12 cases had been confirmed in Santa Fe South Schools since the beginning of the semester. The district has transitioned into a rotational schedule where 25% of students are on site and mask wearing is mandatory.

  • On Aug. 24, Yarbrough Public School announced an elementary school student tested positive for the coronavirus.

  • On Sept. 2, Walters Public Schools announced that multiple people have tested positive in the district.

  • On Sept. 1, Tecumseh Public Schools announced an employee has tested postiive for COVID-19 at Tecumseh Middle School. A substitute teacher and elementary student had both tested positive in the previous two days as well.

  • On Sept. 2, Denison Public Schools superintendent Stacey Ebert confirmed one person had tested positive for the coronavirus in the district. As a result three staffers and 36 students were quarantined.

  • On Aug. 28, Jones Public Schools announced a staffer and student had tested positive for COVID-19. One class is under quarantine.

  • On Aug. 28, Purcell Public Schools announced the district had three positive cases. The district said it would change to a rotational strategy if cases continued to be at a similar level in McClain County.

  • On Sept. 2, Anadarko Public Schools announced three cases at the district's middle school.

  • On Aug. 31, Coalgate Public Schools announced a student at Wallace Byrd Middle School had tested positive for COVID-19

  • On Sept. 2, Ada Public Schools confirmed the district had seven active cases and 28 additional students in quarantine with more likely to be quarantined soon. The district has kept elementary students in pods, required face coverings for everyone in the schools and limited the number of transition periods at upper school levels.

  • On Sept. 2, Davis Public Schools announced a student and a child nutrition employee had tested positive for the coronavirus. A "small number" of close contacts were quarantined as a result, but school operations were able to continue because the child nutrition employee had limited contact with others.

  • On Sept. 2, Valliant Public Schools announced a pre-k student tested positive for COVID-19. An employee had previously tested positive a week earlier.

  • On Sept. 1, Broken Bow Public Schools announced someone had tested positive for the coronavirus. Contacts and the person were asked to quarantine.

  • On Sept. 1, Perry Public Schools announced an elementary school teacher had tested positive for the coronavirus.

  • On Sept. 1, Barnsdall Public Schools announced an elementary school student had tested positive for the coronavirus. People in close contact were requested to quarantine.

  • On Sept. 1, Locust Grove Public Schools announced a middle school teacher had tested positive for the coronavirus. Because of a high number of potential contacts, the district said the middle school would transition to distance learning for the next two days.

  • On Sept. 1, El Reno Public Schools announced a student at Etta Dale Junior High School had tested positive for COVID-19. Because of the number of potential contacts, the school transitioned to distance learning for two weeks.

  • On Sept. 1, Fort Cobb-Broxton Schools announced a staff member had tested positive for the coronavirus. Because the teacher was not in contact with students for 48 hours before the test, the district was advised by the Caddo County Health Department school could continue.

  • On Sept. 2, it was reported that a Choctaw High School football player had tested positive after a scrimmage with Mustang High School.

  • On Sept. 2, following a positive test of someone at Kansas High School, Kansas Public Schools announced the entire district would move to distance learning until Sept. 14.

  • On Aug. 28, Snyder Public Schools discovered one student had tested positive for the coronavirus. As a result, six other close contact students were quarantining.

  • On Sept. 2, Quapaw Public Schools announced a high school student had tested positve for the coronavirus. As a result, the district moved high school and middle school students to distance learning for two weeks.

  • On Aug. 31, Oklahoma Union Public Schools in Lenapah announced there had been three cases of the coronavirus. The district mandated face coverings during passing periods.

  • On Aug. 27, Hartshorne Public Schools announced a second student had tested positive for COVID-19. Three staff members had previously tested positive as well.

  • On Sept. 2, Norman Public Schools announced a football game between Norman and Norman North High Schools was cancelled because multiple people involved with the Norman High football team had tested positive for COVID-19.

  • Bennington Public Schools pushed back its start date earlier this month because of a positive case. 
  • Kingston Public Schools went remote because of a positive case in its nutrition department. 
  • McAlester Public Schools delayed starting because eight students have tested positive.
  • Westward Lower Elementary School in Colbert moved to distance learning because of a positive test.
  • There was a positive case in Hartshorne reported Thursday, but school continued there Friday.
  • A teacher in Shawnee tested positive but was able to isolate and quarantine.
  • A Newcastle Elementary School student tested positive.
  • Someone involved with the Hulbert football team tested positive.
  • Maryetta Public School, a small K-8 district near Stilwell, reported a case.
  • A student at Bishop Kelley, a Catholic High School in Tulsa, tested positive.
  • A total of 33 Broken Arrow staff members have tested positive, causing the district to delay its start.
  •  
  • Four staff members in Mid-Del Public Schools have tested positive.
  • Boswell Public Schools moved online after two teachers tested positive.
  • Two siblings in Dickson Public Schools tested positive, sending some home. But classes have since resumed.
  • The first day of school in Fort Towson was delayed because staff members tested positive.
  • Yukon Public Schools delayed its start and moved to all virtual because of positive test results.
  • Konawa Public School in Seminole County  released early Friday because of case discovered there. 
  • A Westmoore High School student attended the first day of school despite having tested positive for the coronavirus.
  • An Edmond Public Schools teacher tested positive for the virus.
  • Boise City Public Schools delayed because of positive cases among staff.
  • Five teachers in Bixby Public Schools from a single elementary school were placed under quarantine after a grade level’s worth was potentially exposed.

  • Pauls Valley Public Schools delayed its start of school because of a positive test, with the first week of classes conducted online. 

  • A student at Guymon Public School tested positive.

  • An employee at Heritage Elementary School in Kingfisher tested positive, but had not been at school while students were there.

  • A student in Luther Public Schools tested positive after attending one day of school the previous week.

  • A Kingfisher Middle School student tested positive after attending the first day of school.

  • Two staff members in Barnsdall Public Schools tested positive and the district delayed opening for a week on Aug. 14.

  • Deer Creek Public Schools announced it was moving a cohort of Pre-K students to remote learning after a positive case in one of its schools.

  • A dozen Jenks Public Schools employees are quarantining after two tested positive following a staff meeting. The district was already planning to start the semester remotely.

  • Aug. 17: Monroe Public School announced two positive cases and delayed the start of school.

  • Aug. 16: Duncan Public Schools announced a student had tested positive for the coronavirus but classes would continue.

  • Aug. 18: A staff member at Hilldale Public School in Muskogee tested positive.

  • Aug. 18: A student or staff member at Blanchard Middle School tested positive and the school district conducted contact tracing and asked those who came in contact with them to quarantine, according to superintendent Brady Barnes.

  • Aug. 18: Bartlesville Public Schools reported two staff members had tested positive at Bartlesville High School and 13 people were asked to quarantine.

  • Aug. 18: Grove Public Schools announced a staff member at Grove High School has tested positive.

  • On Aug. 18, Checotah High School announced that a student had tested positive for the coronavirus.

  • On Aug. 14, Clinton Public Schools announced that a teacher and student tested positive for the coronavirus in August.

  • On Aug. 19, El Reno Public Schools announced an employee had tested positive for the coronavirus at Lincoln Learning Center. The school was closed for 48 hours per local health guidelines and transitioned to distance learning for two weeks

  • On Aug. 19, Caney Valley Public Schools announced an employee had tested positive for the coronavirus and would transition to distance learning for one week.

  • On Aug. 19, Salina Public Schools announced a temporary shift to distance learning after an employee tested positive for COVID-19

  • On Aug. 20, Glenpool Public Schools announced that a middle school volleyball player had tested positive for the coronavirus after attending school earlier in the week. The district quarantined 41 people including staff and students.

  • On Aug. 20, Cordell Public Schools announced a Kindergarten student had tested positive for COVID-19. All students who had been in contact with the student recently were quarantined as well.

  • On Aug. 20, Tecumseh Public Schools announced a person working in the lunch room at Barnard Elementary had tested positive for COVID-19. All nutrition employees were quarantined.

  • On Aug. 21, Little Axe Public Schools announced it was moving to distance learning to begin the school year on Aug. 24 and would begin in-person instruction on Sept. 8., because "an increased number" of staff were showing symptoms of COVID-19.

  • On Aug. 21, “It has been reported that a member of the Wellston High School Softball team has tested positive for COVID-19. The school administration has been in contact with the Lincoln County Health Department. Administrators are following the Health Department recommendations and guidelines accordingly. The person is currently under quarantine. Anyone who has been exposed (within six foot of contact for fifteen minutes) will be contacted by the Lincoln County Health Department”.

  • On Aug. 20, Sand Springs High School reported a person affiliated with the freshman football team had tested positive for the coronavirus and would suspend practice for two weeks.

  • On Aug. 20, McLoud Public Schools announced a positve test for the coronavirus at McLoud Intermediate School. The previous day, the district announced another case at the high school.

  • On Aug. 20, Porter Public Schools announced a staffer or student had tested positive for the coronavirus. The exposure was limited to a small group outdoors but the person with COVID-19 would quarantine for 14 days.

  • On Aug. 20, Henryetta Public Schools announced a student who participated in an extracurricular activity had tested positive for the coronavirus. The district started the year in distance learning.

  • On Aug. 23, Rock Creek Public Schools announced the district's middle and high schools would pivot to distance learning after five people had tested positive for the coronavirus during the previous week

  • On Aug. 23, Coleman Public Schools announced a staff member had tested positive for COVID-19. The school switched to distance learning for two weeks.

  • On Aug. 22, Mooreland Public Schools learned a student had tested positive for the coronavirus. The district has since instituted a masking policy during passing periods and on school transportation.

  • On Aug. 24, Union Public Schools in Tulsa confirmed that four employees had tested positive. The district has started school after its school board voted against the recommendation of its superintendent to begin the year virtually.

  • On Aug. 24, Chickasha Public Schools announced a student at Grand Avenue Elementary School had tested positive for the coronavirus after a notification from the Grady County Health Department.

  • On Aug. 24, Guymon Public Schools announced a person associated with the football and volleyball programs at Guymon High School had tested positive for the coronavirus. That person had been in close contact with both teams and they were both required to quarantine.

  • On Aug. 24, Watonga Public Schools announced a student had tested positive for the coronavirus.

  • On Aug. 24, Clinton Public Schools announced at least one student had tested positive for COVID-19 at each of its school sites. At least a dozen students have tested positive for the virus, though only four have been in classes.

  • On Aug. 24, Pocola Public Schools announced it would shift to distance learning for two weeks because of positive cases and a growing number of absences at the school.

  • On Aug. 23, Stillwater Public Schools announced the district was moving to distance learning and would determine if it would operate in person or at a distance on a week-by-week basis. One person at Skyline Elementary School had tested positive as of Aug. 21 and less than 10 people who had come into contact with that person were quarantining.

  • On Aug. 24, Altus Public Schools announced a second grade teacher at Rivers Elementary School had tested positive for the coronavirus. She was last in the classroom the previous Friday, Aug. 21, according to the district and she and students were all wearing masks.

  • On Aug. 25, it was reported Norwood Public Schools would transition to distance learning because of "multiple" cases of the coronavirus in the school. The district says it plans to be back to in-person school on Sept. 8.

  • On Aug. 25, Edmond Public Schools announced a smattering of cases across three schools. The cases caused football activities at Edmond North High School and Sequoyah Middle School to be delayed or cancelled. A teacher at Heritage Elementary School also tested positive. In total 47 students and staff were placed into quarantine because of potential exposures.

  • On Aug. 24, Cleveland Public Schools announced a positive case of a high school student at Cleveland High School.

  • On Aug. 22, Holdenville Public Schools announced the district would close for a week because of a staff member testing positive for COVID-19.

  • On Aug. 24, Turner Public Schools superintendent announced she and another staff member had tested positive for the coronavirus. The school pivoted to distance learning for two weeks.

  • On Aug. 25, Duncan Public Schools announced a group of students had been quarantined because of a potential exposure to the coronavirus.

  • On Aug. 21, Asher Public Schools reported a student had tested positive for the coronavirus.

  • On Aug. 25, Elgin Public Schools confirmed a staff member had tested positive for the coronavirus. Superintendent Nate Meraz wrote the district "contacted the health department, conducted contact tracing, contacted affected persons, thoroughly cleaned the room, and followed all CDC guidelines."

  • On Aug. 25, Anadarko Public Schools announced a student at Sunset Elementary had tested positive for COVID-19. The student's class and staff in the class would be quarantined for two weeks.

  • Enid Public Schools had reported 452 students and staff in quarantine because of potential exposure to the coronavirus. Of those cases, 33 people had tested positive.

  • On Aug. 25, Hennessey Public Schools announced its first positive test results for a student or staffer. Earlier in August, Gov. Kevin Stitt had toured the school, touting its safety protocols.

  • On Aug. 25, Tishomingo Public Schools announced a staff member at Tishomingo High School had tested positive for the coronavirus. The district has cancelled its football games for the next two weeks and players are quarantining.

  • On Aug. 25, Pioneer-Pleasant Vale Public Schools announced Pioneer High School's principal was exhibiting symptoms of the coronavirus and the school would transition to distance learning for two weeks.

  • On Aug. 21, Stigler Public Schools announced a staffer who split time between the middle and high school had tested positive for the coronavirus. People who had been close contacts were required to quarantine for 14 days.

  • On Aug. 23, upon learning that Whitefield Public School's home county Haskell County was in a COVID-19 hot zone, its superintendent released a letter saying the district would continue in person instruction despite state guidance suggesting to go remote. The district had previously had cases reported on Aug. 12.

  • On Aug. 25, Chisholm High School was reportedly closed for three days because of a number of positive COVID-19 cases reported there.

  • On Aug. 24, Deer Creek-Lamont announced it was cancelling two football games after a staff member had tested positive for the coronavirus.

  • On Aug. 26, Idabel Public Schools announcedOn Aug. 26, Minco Public Schools reported an elementary school student had been exposed to the coronavirus outside of school and tested positive. Five people were under quarantine.

  • a staffer had tested positive for the coronavirus. As a result, the entire Pre-K class and staff at Idabel Primary South was required to quarantine for 14 days.

  • On Aug. 26, Waukomis Public Schools was notified of a possible exposure of multiple students to the coronavirus. The district said the students were isolating after they'd been involved in off campus family activities.

  • On Aug. 25, Alva Public Schools announced someone at Alva High School had tested positive for the coronavirus.

  • On Aug. 25, Piedmont Public Schools announced a staff member who had been at a teacher meet and greet for the Piedmont Early Childhood Center had tested positive for the coronavirus.

  • On Aug. 24, Hooker Public Schools announced a student had been in close contact with a person who had tested positive for the

  • On Aug. 26, Keys Public Schools announced a high school student had tested positive for the coronavirus and had also attended school after being knowingly exposed and before they received a test result. The district has asked 21 people to quarantine because of potential exposure.

  • On Aug. 26, Minco Public Schools reported an elementary school student had been exposed to the coronavirus outside of school and tested positive. Five people were under quarantine.

  • On Aug. 26, Morris Public Schools announced a high school football player had tested positive for the coronavirus. The entire team and coaching staff was put under quarantine until Sept. 8.

  • On Aug. 26, Westville Public Schools announced someone in the district had tested positive for COVID-19. The schools shifted to distance learning for the remainder of the week.

  • On Aug. 27, Edmond Public Schools announced that an Edmond Memorial High School student had tested positive for the coronavirus. Seventeen students were quarantined as a result.

  • On Aug. 25, Marietta Public Schools announced a pair of unrelated cases at Marietta Primary and Middle Schools. The district instituted a mask mandate two days later to begin the following week.

  • On Aug. 24, Milburn Public Schools announced a person at the high school had tested positive for the coronavirus. People who had been in close contact with the person were placed on quarantine.

  • On Aug. 10, Achille Public Schools announced a teacher had tested positive for the coronavirus and requested all students grades 7-9 stay home and quarantine for a period.

  • On Aug. 25, Latta Public Schools announced a staffer had tested positive for COVID-19. The district said it was conducting contact tracing.

  • On Aug. 26, Bridge Creek Public Schools announced in a video that a student had tested positivefor the coronavirus.

  • On Aug. 27, Central Public School in Sallisaw announced that a high school student had tested positive for the coronavirus.

  • On Aug. 23, Hardesty Public Schools announced someone in the district had tested positive for the coronavirus.

  • On Aug. 21, Moffett Public School alerted parents that two people associated with the school had tested positive for the coronavirus.

  • On Aug. 21, Olive Public Schools announced a student had tested positive for the coronavirus and all people who had close contacts would quarantine for one week.

  • On Aug. 27, Berryhill Public Schools in Tulsa announced a member of the student band had tested postive for the coronavirus.

  • On Aug. 27, Blanchard Public Schools notified parents that a high school student had tested positive for the coronavirus. Those who had been in close contact were requested to quarantine for two weeks from the date of exposure.

  • On Aug. 27, the first day of school at Tahlequah Public Schools, the district reported a student on the softball team had tested positive for the coronavirus. The student wasn't at school, but had been in contact with teammates before school started.

  • On Aug. 24, Stroud Public Schools announced a second grade student had tested positive for the coronavirus. The districts second graders and staff who worked with them were required to quarantine for two weeks.

  • On Aug. 25, Arapaho-Butler Public Schools announced four cases of the coronavirus across multiple grade levels.

  • On Aug. 27, Springer Public Schools announced a staffer had tested positive for the coronavirus. The district moved to distance learning for two weeks.

  • On Aug. 27, Edmond Public Schools announced a student had tested positive for the coronavirus at Chisholm Elementary. Three students in close contact were notified and quarantined.

  • On Aug. 27, Hugo Public Schools announced one student and four parents had tested postiive for the coronavirus and 44 students were in quarantine. The district mandated masks following the quarantines.

  • On Aug. 26, Jay Public Schools announced a student had tested positive for the coronavirus and all of that person's close contacts were quarantined.

  • On Aug. 24, Laverne Public Schools announced a student had tested positive for the coronavirus. The student and all close contacts were quarantined for two weeks.

  • On Aug. 25, Locust Grove Public Schools announced a part-time employee had tested positive for the coronavirus. All close contacts were quarantined.

  • On Aug. 26, Mannford Public Schools announced two high school students had tested positive for COVID-19.

  • On Aug. 30, Cache Public Schools announced two students, who are siblings, had tested positive for the coronavirus. Close contacts were quarantined.

  • On Aug. 30, Beggs Public Schools announced "several" students and staff had tested positive for the coronavirus. The school announced it would shift to distance learning until Sept. 8.

  • On Aug. 28, Durant Public Schools announced positive cases of the coronavirus at Northwest Heights Elementary School. The district had announced positive cases at Durant Intermediate School, Durant Middle School and Durant High School, the previous day.

  • On Aug. 20, Edmond Public Schools announced the principal of John Ross Elementary had tested positive for the coronavirus. Several teachers were placed under quarantine.

  • On Aug. 28, Drumright Public Schools announced that a middle school student had tested positive for the coronavirus. Close contacts were quarantined.

  • On Aug. 30, Ravia Public Schools announced it would transition to distance learning because of an "increased number" of COVID cases in the district.

  • On Aug. 28, Wynnewood Public Schools announced a high school senior had tested positive for the coronavirus. The district was conducting contact tracing and asking the family members of the positive student to quarantine.

  • On Aug. 28, Mill Creek School announced a high school student had tested positive for the coronavirus. The student was quarantined and the district did contact tracing.

  • On Aug. 28, following positive test results for the coronavirus, Berryhill Public Schools announced Berryhill High School would transition to distance learning for two weeks.

  • On Aug. 31, Vinita Public Schools announced a student had tested positive for the coronavirus. The district announced kids with home internet would transition to distance learning while those without would continue coming to school.

  • On Aug. 27, Geary Public Schools announced a student had tested positive and transitioned students at the impacted site to distance learning for three days.

  • On Aug. 23, 24 and 25, Tecumseh Public Schools repoted several cases of the coronavirus.

  • On Aug. 28, Ponca City Public Schools announced one high school student had tested positive and 26 had been quarantined because they came into contact with the stude.

  • On Aug. 31, Panama Public Schools Superintendent Dusty Walden confirmed a staff member tested positive for the coronavirus over the weekend. The district had all people who came into contact with the staffer quarantined. Masks are required in the hallway and plexiglass dividers are used in each classroom.

  • On Aug. 31, Wagoner Public Schools Superintendent Randy Harris confirmed two staff members and one student had tested positive for the coronavirus. The affected people and their close contacts were requested to quarantine. The school is on a rotational schedule and is regularly sanitzing to limit the spread.

  • On Aug. 31, Hobart Public Schools announced a staffer had tested positive for the coronavirus.

  • On Aug. 31, Tahlequah Public Schools announced an elementary school teacher had tested positive for the coronavirus. The district was already close for two days following the death of a special education teacher who died from a heart attack after testing positive for COVID-19.

  • On Aug. 31, Welch Public Schools announced a student who'd been in class the previous week had subsequently tested positive for COVID-19. The district moved to distance learning for the next two days.

  • On Aug. 31, Stilwell Public Schools announced a high school student had tested positive for COVID-19. Close contacts were quarantined.

  • On Aug. 31, Sallisaw Public Schools announced an Eastside Elementary School student had tested positive for COVID-19. The district was conducting contact tracing and asking close contacts to quarantine.

  • On Aug. 31, Okmulgee Public Schools announced that Okmulgee High School would shift to distance learning because of "multiple confirmed cases" of COVID-19

  • On Aug. 30, Wilson Public Schools announced a person had tested positive for COVID-19 in the district.

  • On Aug. 31, Calera Public Schools announced two people had tested positive for COVID-19. Affected people were requested to quarantine.

  • On Aug. 31, Gore Public Schools announced multiple Gore High School students had tested positive for the coronavirus. The district also announced football games would be cancelled for two weeks.

  • On Aug. 31, Tulsa Union Public Schools launched a dashboard of cases that showed 10 students and three staffers had tested positive for the coronavirus.

  • On Sept. 1, Tahlequah Public Schools announced two new cases of the coronavirus after an elementary school teacher and high school student tested positive. The district had already pivoted to distance learning for two days following the death of a teacher who had contracted COVID-19 shortly before she died.

  • On Aug. 31, El Reno Public Schools announced a student who'd been in several facilities had tested positive for COVID-19.

  • On Aug. 31, It was reported since Sapulpa Public Schools began on August 24, six students and one teacher have tested positive for COVID-19. Additionally, 65 students and 9 teachers and teachers' assistants were quarantining.

  • On Aug. 31, Mannford Public Schools announced that a person tested postive for COVID-19 and those who were in contact were quarantining.

  • On Aug. 31, it was reported that one student had tested positive for the coronavirus and 23 students were under quarantine in Collinsville Public Schools.

Because school has just started it appears cases of the virus will likely be the norm. On Thursday, the Oklahoma State Department of Health issued a rare public health advisory calling for all students over the age of 11, teachers and staff to wear face coverings in schools.

 

However, the guideline is not a mandate. Schools’ COVID-19 precautions and regulations continue to be the responsibility of local officials.

StateImpact Oklahoma is a partnership of Oklahoma’s public radio stations which relies on contributions from readers and listeners to fulfill its mission of public service to Oklahoma and beyond. Donate online.