Clarksdale High School goes virtual after students test positive for COVID-19

CLARKSDALE, Miss. — A Mississippi high school is making major changes to classes after an outbreak may have exposed staff members.

FOX13 discovered students at Clarksdale High have tested positive, forcing the school to go virtual for 14 days.

Clarksdale High School students were on a hybrid schedule until Wednesday when it was found that three students had tested positive possibly exposing multiple staff members.

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According to the school system, 485 students who attend the school will do virtual learning for the next two weeks. They don’t know how many positive cases they could be looking at.

The high school parking lot looked like a ghost town Thursday.

Paul Cotton lives around the corner from the High School. He said his three grandkids were sent home from the high school but none have tested positive.

“When they checked our temperature at the hospital they hadn’t been exposed to it or tested positive. No fever or cough, none of that.” Cotton said.

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The school system has canceled all in-person classes and all after school and extracurricular activities and practices until November 30.

Cotton told FOX13 he worries about his grandkids and the other students and teachers.

“We don’t know exactly what to think because it’s in the school but as far as covid goes, we don’t have any covid. We just have to wear our masks and stay socially distanced and all that.” Cotton said.

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