No one knows how many cases of the coronavirus are present in Oklahoma schools. But, we do know there are hundreds of cases in every part of the state.
Hear our radio story from September 10, 2020.
StateImpact has been tracking confirmed cases of COVID-19 in schools. So far, more than 400 public announcements have been discovered from at least 265 public school districts, charter and private schools. That’s half the number of school districts in the state. There are likely more.
We’ll continue tracking confirmed cases and outbreaks at schools in this post.
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New Additions – Updated: Wednesday, September 23:
On Sept. 22, Deer Creek Public Schools announced a second grade student at Grove Valley Elementary had tested positive for COVID-19. As a result, that student’s class moved to distance learning for two weeks. On Sept. 22, Morris Public Schools announced 2 staff members had tested positive for COVID-19. As a result, the high school and middle school were placed under quarantine and those students were required to do distance learning. On Sept. 22, Locust Grove Public Schools announced that 1 staff member at the Early Childhood Center had tested positive for COVID-19. As a result a kindergarten class would be requrired to quarantine. On Sept. 22, El Reno Public Schools announced a staff member had tested positive for COVID-19. The district said 7 students were in isolation after testing positive and 283 were in quarantine after coming into close contact with someone who tested positive. Additionally, 4 staff members had tested positive and 6 were quarantining. On Sept. 16, Peckham Public School in Newkirk announced 1 person at the school had tested positive for COVID-19. As a result, close contacts were notified and asked to quarantine. On Sept. 21, Hinton Public Schools announced a student had tested positive for COVID-19. Close contacts were notified and asked to quaratine. On Sept. 22, Newcastle Public Schools announced it would transition to distance learning because of an outbreak across multiple sites. The district reported 27 student and staff cases requiring 392 people to quarantine because of potential exposure. On Sept. 21, Garber Public Schools announced 1 positive case of COVID-19 in the district’s junior high that would grades 6-8 to quarantine. On Sept. 22, the district moved entirely to distance learning. On Sept. 22, Carney Public Schools announced 1 student tested positive for COVID-19. As a result, close contacts were asked to quarantine. On Sept. 21, Merritt Public Schools in Elk City announced 3 students had tested positive and 40 people would quarantine as a result.
Find out if your school has had a publicly reported case of COVID-19 by searching our database below:
The state’s health department isn’t monitoring cases in schools or reporting that publicly. StateImpact plans to continue monitoring and compiling cases.
An Oklahoma State Department of Education spokeswoman said that agency is currently working on a mechanism for school districts to report cases. It’s unclear, though, if the data collected will be publicly available and what form it might take.
In the meantime, please send us any cases of the coronavirus you know of or think we should check out by filling out this form:
This COVID-19/education reporting is made possible through a grant from the Walton Family Foundation.