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

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.

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.

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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.