Due to the growing number of positive COVID-19 cases, the Alcorn School District closed three more schools on Thursday.
After announcing the closure of Alcorn Central High and Biggersville Elementary earlier this week, Superintendent Bill Brand said it became necessary to also cancel “in person” classes at Alcorn Central Elementary and Middle schools, as well as Biggersville High School.
“This means the entire Biggersville and Alcorn Central campuses will be shut down to students until after Thanksgiving break,” Brand told the Daily Corinthian. “This move became increasingly important due to the extreme increase in positive cases among students and staff.”
He said staff has been “hit hard” and the district “simply can not cover all classes.”
Distance learning began immediately for all Biggersville and Alcorn Central students and teachers who have not tested positive or have been exposed to someone who has will continue to report to campus.
“Students attend virtually through next Friday, Nov. 20,” said Brand. “There will be no distance learning during our Thanksgiving break, Nov. 23-27.”
At this moment, he said students will report back at school for in-person class on Monday, Nov. 30. Face coverings and social distance guidelines will continue for students and staff once in-person school restarts.
School sports will continue, according to Brand, until a student tests positive on a team.
Officials are also asking parents to contact their school if and when their child receives a positive test result.
The virus causes mild or moderate symptoms for most but can be more severe or fatal for some, especially older adults and those with underlying health conditions. The true number of virus infections is thought to be far higher because many people have not been tested and studies suggest people can infect others even when they don’t feel sick.
The district is currently reporting 16 instructional employees, four non-instructional employees and 39 students have been diagnosed with the COVD-19 virus.