Mississippi school district reports first case of COVID-19 during first week of school

MISSISSIPPI — The Corinth School District is back in session for the 2020 Fall school year.

Friday, a spokesperson for Corinth High School said one person tested positive for COVID-19.

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Corinth Superintendent Lee Childress believed, unfortunately, this is the new normal.

School just started Monday. Things were running smoothly until he found out a student tested positive for the virus around noon.

According to Childress, the contact tracing process started immediately.

“One of the things we asked our teachers to do is have seating charts that show where student are in each of the classrooms and we know the distances that exist between those desks,” said Childress.

The district found that 14 students came in contact with the COVID-19 student.

Those students will learn virtually while they quarantine for 14 days.

Michael Sherer believed school started too early but was glad nobody tested positive at the elementary school or where his wife worked.

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“She real nervous about it but she come to terms with it,” Sherer said.

Childress said the staff was making sure everything was sanitized and disinfected.

He believed it didn’t matter when school started because COVID-19 wasn’t disappearing anytime soon.

“This isn’t going to be the only one and we won’t be the only school district that will have to deal with it,” Childress said.

The superintendent said he would continue to be transparent.

He emphasized that everyone inside the school was required to wear a mask.

Parents had the option of sending their children back to school or doing virtual classes online.

85-percent of the parents chose to let their kids go back.

In a statement the district said:

“We have had an individual test positive at Corinth High School. Contact tracing at the school has been completed and anyone in close contact (someone who was within 6 feet of an infected person for 15 mins. or more) with this person has been notified.”