CORINTH, Miss. — UPDATE: 8/12 7:00 p.m.:
Two more students who attend school in the Corinth School District tested positive for COVID-19 Wednesday, one at Corinth Elementary and one at Corinth Middle.
The new cases bring the total to twelve reported student positive cases and two staff members in the District.
The Corinth School District posted the following letter to parents and guardians on it’s Facebook page Wednesday:
UPDATE: 8/6 5:15 p.m.:
Corinth High School reported another case of COVID-19.
School officials said they were told Thursday morning that one more student tested positive for COVID-19.
There is now a total of six positive cases at the high school.
The district has eight cases in total.
UPDATE: 8/5 12:30 p.m.:
Corinth School officials said there are there has been one new positive case at Corinth Middle School, a student, and one faculty member at Corinth Elementary test positive for the coronavirus.
Corinth High School officials announced more students have tested positive for the coronavirus on Tuesday.
The school said that two more students tested positive and any other students, friends, faculty and family have been notified.
This makes six total cases.
The information was shared on social media.
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.
Mississippi Governor Tate Reeves has issued an executive order Tuesday to delay the start date for some 7 through 12-grade schools in hot spot areas.
Any county that has more than 200 cases or more than 500 cases per 100,000 people will have delayed start dates.
Two Midsouth counties: Coahoma and Panola made the list.
However, no changes were announced in places where you might expect them, like Corinth, where six positive cases have been reported in the school district, just six days after reopening.
While cases may be on the rise in Corinth, Superintendent Lee Childress told FOX13 no major changes are planned for the district.
“It’s been interesting to watch unfold but it’s not something that was unexpected. We knew we would have positive cases. I don’t think it matters if you open schools in July, August, September, or October. It’s something everyone is going to experience. The key is, we had the procedures in-place to do the screening at the schools need to take place prior to children coming.”
“I do feel once they get acclimated to each other, they’re together, and we get through that first wave, things will stabilize. Children will be with their primary core in their different schools. They’ll be structured, routine,” said local parent Elizabeth Wilbanks, in response to the increase in cases.
The Mississippi Association of Educators has been applying pressure to Governor Reeves and the state to delay the start of in-person instruction for a month so get a better handle on the virus.
They sent FOX13 the following statement in response to the announcement:
“No one understands students needing to be back in the classroom more than educators do. We know it’s about much more than academic achievement. We miss our students dearly, and know how badly they need to be back in school buildings.
That’s why we’ve asked for a month long hiatus on in-person instruction so we can get a handle on the virus and back in the classroom as quickly as possible, with an assessment at the beginning of September to determine what should occur moving forward.
No one is proposing an indefinite hold on going back into buildings. We are simply requesting a few weeks to lower the number of new COVID cases and develop a plan that ensures every school in every district has the resources they need to get back into buildings safely.
That said: The governor’s plan, in its current form, is reckless and irresponsible. It ignores the advice of the state’s top medical officials and is putting students and educators and their families at risk.”
Alcorn County Schools are back in session Wednesday. Time will tell if the increase in Corinth is a fluke, or if this is what we can expect as all children head back.