Muskogee Public Schools will go all-virtual starting Monday, Nov. 16, due to a surge in COVID-19 cases and related absences from both students and staff, according to Superintendent Dr. Jarod Mendenhall.
“In the month of October, across the district we saw 31 students test positive for COVID-19. Through the first 11 days of November our positive student cases totaled 32. These positive cases have resulted in 433 students to be either quarantined due to direct contact or self-isolated due to a positive test,” he said. “The impacts of COVID-19 has put a strain on both our certified and support staff. Forty-five staff members are currently out due to a COVID-19 related absence. Across the district we currently have six staff members who have tested positive. Of the 45 staff members who are currently out, 36 are certified staff members.”
The district is scheduled to return to in-person instruction on Dec. 7.
“During these three weeks away from the school building we will continue to provide meals for students. Information regarding that service can be found at MuskogeePS.org,” he continued. “Obtain contact information for your students’ teachers and develop a plan for the coming weeks. Our staff will report to work as normal unless under quarantine.”