A member of the Muskogee High School Color Guard has tested positive for COVID-19 according to Muskogee Schools’ spokesman Steve Braun.
“Once we were made aware, we notified the families of the other members of the color guard,” Braun said.
He has not yet responded to a question about whether the positive test of one of the school’s students will affect the district’s plan to open schools for in-person instruction at the end of this month despite warnings from doctors groups that schools should not reopen so early.
More information as it becomes available.
UPDATE 12:20 p.m.: Braun said the positive does not affect the district’s plan for reopening.
“As part of our return to school plan we do encourage testing but for students that were within six feet or less,” he said. “We will also have them quarantine as a precaution and not participate until their quarantine time is up or they have a negative COVID-19 test result.”
UPDATE 12:43 p.m.: Braun, after being asked whether the band was also informed, due to the close proximity in which they practice with the color guard, said “According to the band director, the color guard has not been in close proximity with the band, so the color guard was informed.”
After MuskogeeNOW responded that one band student who was not informed was the boyfriend of a color guard member, Braun replied “I just checked and I was incorrect. The band director is personally calling parents but started with those that are in the color guard and has been in the process of reaching out to every band parent to let them know.”
He has not yet responded to the question of whether band and color guard faculty members are also quarantining and whether those faculty members are also involved with other students or congregate with other faculty members.
UPDATE Aug. 8, 12:48 p.m.:
The mother of a color guard student says she has not been notified of the COVID case by the school, and yesterday, the schools even texted her daughter saying to come to practice on Monday.
The girl, who asked to not be identified for fear of reprisals, asked if she should self-quarantine following close proximity to the infected girl, and the coach said no, she was expected to be at practice.
Braun said “I’m letting the administration know that right now. They should have been notified by now.”