Back-To-School: Districts Across Green Country With Positive COVID-19 Cases, Exposures


Friday, August 21st 2020, 5:13 pm
By: News On 6


School districts across the state are working to provide transparent information to parents and the community as new COVID-19 exposures and positive cases arise. News on 6 has compiled a working list of districts with known positives for teachers, staff and students.

Updates will be provided daily as they become available.

Wednesday, Sept. 30

Muskogee Public Schools: Muskogee Public Schools said a staff member at the high school tested positive for COVID-19. The district said no students had direct contact with the employee and they are thoroughly cleaning affected areas of the high school overnight.

Berryhill Public Schools: Berryhill Public Schools announced that an individual at the high school tested positive for COVID-19 and the district said those students in contact have been asked to quarantine.

Morris Public Schools: Morris Public Schools announced a high school student and an employee tested positive for COVID-19. The district said they will have 10 students in quarantine.

Tuesday, Sept. 29

Muskogee Public Schools: Muskogee Public Schools verified that a student at the 7th and 8th grade Academy tested positive for COVID-19.

Monday, Sept. 28

Salina Public Schools: Salina Public Schools announced that a middle school employee and a student have tested positive for COVID-19. The district said after contact tracing, 13 students are in quarantine.

Barnsdall Public Schools: Barnsdall Schools announced that two students at the elementary school have tested positive for COVID-19. The district said they are implementing contact tracing protocols.

Muskogee Public Schools: Muskogee Public Schools announced that a staff member at New Tech @ Cherokee Elementary tested positive for COVID-19.


Sunday Sept. 27

Liberty Public Schools In Mounds: The district announced they will continue distance learning through Oct. 6

Saturday, Sept. 26

Vinita Public Schools: The district announced Saturday that it will transition to distance learning at the high school only after a high school student tested positive for COVID-19.

Friday, Sept. 25

Oologah-Talala Public Schools: Oologah-Talala Public Schools said during the week of September 21-25, they have four new cases of COVID-19 in schools. There are now 148 students in quarantine and two staff members.

Tahlequah Public Schools: Tahlequah Public Schools said a student at the high school has tested positive for COVID-19. Officials said 6 other students will be quarantining as a result of close contact. Anyone who came into close contact was personally notified.

Wednesday, Sept. 23

Muskogee Public Schools: Muskogee Public Schools verified that two more students have tested positive for COVID-19, but neither has been on campus this week. The district said those in direct contact have been notified.

Tuesday, Sept. 22

Locust Grove Public Schools: Locust Grove Public School officials said a staff member at the Early Learning Center has tested positive for COVID-19. The district said one kindergarten class and several other staff members are impacted by that coronavirus case. Anyone determined to be in close contact with that staff member will be notified and potentially asked to quarantine.

Morris Public Schools: Morris Public Schools announced that two employees have tested positive for COVID-19 in the past two days. Additionally, two students have tested positive for the virus: a middle schooler and a high schooler. If your student has been around one of the employees or students, the school will contact you.

Monday, Sept. 21

Barnsdall Public Schools: Barnsdall Public Schools announced that a teacher at Barnsdall Elementary tested positive for COVID-19. The district said they have contacted parents of those in contact with the staff member.

Muskogee Public Schools: Muskogee Public Schools announced that three more positive cases of COVID-19 have been identified at Muskogee High School.

Tahlequah Public Schools: Tahlequah Public Schools announced that one student at the high school has tested positive for COVID-19. Officials said 14 other students who were possibly in close contact with the student are now quarantining. Officials said everyone who came into close contact have been notified.


Friday, Sept. 18

Muskogee Public Schools: Muskogee Public Schools announced that two students have tested positive for COVID-19. The district also said that four staff members at Irving Elementary will be in quarantine after contact with a parent who tested positive. The district is working on contact tracing.

Thursday, Sept. 17

Newcastle Public Schools: Newcastle Public Schools announced Thursday that Newcastle High School will move to distance learning Monday, September 21. The return of in-person classes is set for October 5. The district said the move is due to staff members being unable to report to work due to COVID-19 isolation or quarantine or other circumstances.

Sunday, Sept. 13

Tahlequah Public Schools: Tahlequah Public Schools said Sunday that an individual on one of its campuses has tested positive for COVID-19.

Friday, Sept. 11

Muskogee Public Schools: Muskogee Public Schools announced that one student at the high school has tested positive for COVID-19. Those that were in contact with the positive case will be quarantined.

Thursday, Sept 10

Berryhill Public Schools: Officials from Berryhill Public Schools said 2 individuals at the high school and 1 at the middle school have tested positive for COVID-19. Officials said after contact tracing was completed, it was determined that no faculty or students were exposed.

Union Public Schools: Union Public Schools released updated COVID-19 numbers and now have 11 staff members and 21 students across the district with positive COVID-19 cases. The district said there is a total of 345 people in quarantine or isolation across the district.

Wednesday, Sept. 9

Henryetta Public Schools: Officials from Henryetta Public Schools said that a faculty member tested positive for COVID-19. The district said that those in contact have been notified and will be in quarantine.

Monday, Sept. 7

Locust Grove Schools: Officials said a teacher at the Early Learning Center tested positive. They will transition to virtual learning through September 15, the district said.

Porter Schools: Officials from Porter Schools said they will be in distance learning through September 11 and all school activities will be canceled.


Saturday Sept. 5

Tahlequah Public Schools - Tahlequah Public Schools is reporting a new positive case of COVID-19 at Cherokee Elementary. School leaders sent a message to parents on Saturday saying that 19 students and one staff member will be required to begin and to immediate quarantine.

Wednesday Sept. 2

Kansas Public Schools in Delaware County - Will be transitioning to distance learning until Sept. 14.

Tuesday, Sept. 1

Locust Grove Public Schools: Locust Grove Public Schools announced Tuesday a middle school teacher has tested positive for COVID-19. Locust Grove Middle School will move to distance learning Wednesday, September 2 and Thursday, September 3, school officials said.

Barnsdall Public Schools: Barnsdall Public Schools announced an elementary student has tested positive and said those in close contact with this individual are now in quarantine.

Wagoner Public Schools: Wagoner Public Schools said a high school student has tested positive for COVID-19 and officials determined nobody at the school had been exposed.

Tahlequah Public Schools: Tahlequah Public Schools said a high school student and an elementary student have tested positive for COVID-19. Officials said there are now 18 elementary students, 4 high school students and 2 teachers in quarantine after contact tracing.


Monday August 31

Okmulgee Public Schools: Okmulgee Public Schools announced that Okmulgee High School will shift to distance learning until September 14 due to multiple confirmed COVID-19 cases. They have also canceled all extra-curricular and athletic events during this time period.

Sapulpa Public Schools: Sapulpa Public Schools announced that since school began on August 24, 6 students and 1 teacher have tested positive for COVID-19. They said there are now 65 students and 9 teachers and teachers' assistants in quarantine due to exposure.

Mannford Public Schools: Mannford Public Schools announced a positive case of COVID-19 and said they have notified those in close contact.

Verdigris Public Schools: Verdigris Public Schools superintendent said 2 elementary students have tested positive for COVID-19. 46 students and two teachers have now shifted to distance learning.

Tahlequah Public Schools: Tahlequah Public Schools said they have two teachers in quarantine after one tested COVID-19 positive. Officials said this will not affect the return of students to class on Wednesday.

Collinsville Public Schools: Collinsville Public Schools said 23 students have been quarantined after a 6th grade student tested positive for COVID-19.

McAlester Public Schools: McAlester Public School officials said a middle school student has tested positive for COVID-19. Officials said "The individuals who have been determined to be a close contact will be contacted. These individuals will be asked to quarantine."

Vinita Public School - A high school student has tested positive for COVID-19. School officials said the high school will transition for short-term distance learning.

Okemah Public Schools - Okemah said they have one confirmed COVID-19 case, and those effected have been asked to quarantine. School leaders said they will continue to follow the policies and procedures outlined in the OPS District’s re-opening plan that was implemented on the first day of school.


Sunday August 30

Tahlequah Public Schools - School leaders said out of respect for a teacher who has died, they will transition all traditional students to distance learning on Monday and Tuesday. Those students will return to in-person classes on Wednesday.


Friday, August 28

Locust Grove Public Schools: Officials announced that a part-time employee has tested positive for COVID-19. All that were in contact with the employee have been contacted and the areas considered high risk have been sanitized.

Berryhill Public Schools: The Superintendent announced that Berryhill High School will shift to distance learning until September 14 after a second individual at the High School tested positive for COVID-19. They said after contact tracing, 49% of students and 27% of faculty will be in quarantine for 14 days.


Thursday, August 27

Tahlequah Public Schools : Officials with Tahlequah Public Schools said they "received confirmation that a student at Tahlequah High School has tested positive for COVID-19" on Facebook Thursday. They have contacted those who were in contact with the student. They also said they are suspending all high school softball competitions until September 8.

Mannford Public Schools: Officials with Mannford Public Schools said the district was notified of two positive COVID-19 cases involving students at Mannford High School. Officials said students and staff who were in close contact have been informed.

Morris Public Schools: Officials said "a member of our varsity football team has tested positive for COVID." Officials said all members of the varsity football team and coaching staff will have to undergo quarantine until September 8th. Impacted students will take part in distance learning for that time.

Hartshorne Public Schools: Officials said there are 2 positive cases for COVID-19. They said they "have been notified that a 2nd student in the MS/HS building has tested positive for COVID-19."

Officials said "disinfecting protocols are being followed. The OSDH will perform contact tracing and may be communicating with you if you or your child were within 6ft of the infected person for 15 minutes or longer."


Tuesday, August 25

Glenpool Public Schools: Officials with Glenpool Public Schools said two kindergarten classes and their teachers have been placed under quarantine after one kindergarten student tested positive for COVID-19. The two classes will move to distance learning.


Friday, August 21

Haywood Public Schools: An employee at Haywood Public School has tested positive for COVID-19 — and two more employees have been quarantined as a precautionary measure. Haywood Public School Superintendent Bud Rattan said Friday the school is remaining open and classes are continuing as scheduled, with sanitizing and other precautionary measures underway.


Collinsville Public Schools: Collinsville Public Schools announced a staff member has tested positive for COVID-19 at the high school, the district said on August 21.

Thursday, August 20

Grove Public Schools: Two students and two teachers have tested positive for COVID-19, Grove Public Schools announced.

McAlester Public Schools: McAlester announced they have five students with COVID-19 and will be starting school on August 25 with a divided student population.

Glenpool Public Schools: One student has tested positive for COVID-19, the district announced. That prompted 39 students and two teachers to move into quarantine.

Porter Public Schools

Hentryetta Public Schools

August 19

Salina Public Schools