Parents concerned about positive COVID-19 cases in Mississippi schools

DESOTO COUNTY, Miss. — After nearly a week of being back at school, students and parents at DeSoto County schools are receiving word of classmates testing positive for COVID-19.

One parent of a special needs child told FOX13 she received an email about a classmate who tested positive for the virus, but go no instructions after.

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Dr. LaChandra Carnes said the email from the school district had very little information about the positive case, leaving her worried.

She said if masks were required in schools, she wouldn’t be so alarmed.

The students attend Center Hill Middle in Olive Branch.

According to the school district, there are currently 10 students in quarantine.

Since the first day of school, 19 students and staff have tested positive, records show.

Carnes said with the delta variant spreading, the district needs to provide more information, rather than just advising parents to monitor their child.

“It’s very frustrating because I don’t know if my child came into direct contact with the other child,” she said. “I just know they’re in the same class.”

COVID-19 cases in Mississippi have spiked in recent weeks.

State Health Officer Dr. Thomas Dobbs said over 1,100 kids tested positive for the virus during the first week of school.

Some kids have been hospitalized, including several in the ICU and on life support.

“We have kids that are getting sick and they are dying,” Carnes said. “We need to do something to protect them.”

Nearly 200 students in DeSoto County Schools have been quarantined since the beginning of school last week.

FOX13 reached out to the district wanting to know the ranking of information it is following.

The district sent the following statement:

Parents are given information directly from the Mississippi State Department of Health.  Parents are notified if their child is in a class with a student who has tested positive.  If their child is deemed as a close contact, the parent is given quarantine instructions from the Mississippi State Department of Health.  The same information was sent to parents during the 2020-2021 school year.