COVID exposures soar in Tulsa public schools | Education

Children wear masks as they wait to enter Council Oak Elementary School for classes on Thursday. The Tulsa School District will require masks for students in its buildings starting Tuesday.

Mike Simons, Tulsa World

With new mask guidelines set to take effect for students on Tuesday, the number of close contact COVID-19 exposures in Tulsa public schools continues to rise.

According to data released Friday afternoon, 1,038 close contact exposures and 141 confirmed cases were reported on district campuses as of the close of business Thursday.

Students accounted for all but 14 of the exposures and 20 of the confirmed cases.

A week earlier, the district reported 603 close contact exposures and 127 confirmed cases among students and staff.

With 12 documented infections, Thoreau Demonstration Academy was the only campus to report double-digit cases, followed by Skelly Elementary and Rogers Middle and High School, which each had nine confirmed cases during the reporting period.

Memorial Middle School and Webster Middle and High School each reported 70 close contact exposures. Other schools with 40 or more close contact exposures reported include Skelly Elementary, Bell Elementary, Carver Middle School, East Central Junior High, Carnegie Elementary, Peary Elementary, and Anderson Elementary.

Hawthorne Elementary School, which was in distance education Wednesday, Thursday and Friday after a third of its teachers were absent, reported nine close contact exposures and one confirmed case of COVID-19. With the district closed Monday for Labor Day, a decision regarding the status of Tuesday’s classes in Hawthorne will be made before 4 p.m. Monday.

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