Nearly 200 Shelby County Schools employees test positive for COVID-19 before data released on state dashboard

WATCH: Nearly 200 SCS staff test positive for COVID-19

SHELBY COUNTY, Tenn. — Nearly 200 Shelby County School employees tested positive for COVID-19 before case number information became available on the state’s dashboard system.

According to data from a FOIA request to the district, 196 staff members tested positive for the virus before Oct. 3.

The cases include administrators, teachers, security staff and more.

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SCS students returned to school this semester through a virtual-only model and have not been attending in-person classes with staff on school campuses.

The school district is planning a return to in-person learning in January.

Parents should submit a student learning option by Oct. 30.

The phased return would begin with grades PreK - 5 and students with exceptional needs.

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Students in grades 6-12 would following in mid-January.