The three campuses in the Corinth School District recently restocked on face coverings as the battles with Covid-19 continue.

“We put about 2,000 out at each school,” Superintendent Lee Childress told the district’s board of trustees Thursday evening. “We’ve restocked on everything. Thanks to Kimberly-Clark, we do have sufficient masks that we can provide.”

With the Omicron surge, the board voted to reinstate the masking requirement for students, staff and visitors beginning on Tuesday after the holiday weekend and running through Feb. 10, although it might be dropped sooner if the surge subsides. The board also approved a few other Covid policy tweaks to stay in line with the latest CDC guidance.

Previously, those who were fully vaccinated did not have to quarantine after a Covid-19 exposure. Now, the student or teacher has to be fully vaccinated and boosted to avoid quarantine after an exposure.

The district has seen numerous cases – around 100 – since school resumed after the holiday break.

“We only have in the neighborhood of 20 staff members as of today that have tested positive this week,” said Childress. “Of those, 17 will be able to come back to school on Tuesday. Staff-wise, we’re in a pretty good spot.”

Testing for Covid-19 continues to be available in the schools.

Face masks are not recommended for children younger than 2.

The CDC recently authorized COVID-19 booster shots for those ages 12 to 15. Pfizer-BioNTech vaccinations are available for children ages 5 to 11 at a lower dose.

In other business, the board accepted FCC Emergency Connectivity Fund dollars that will provide internet hotspots for eligible students and to equip buses with routers, allowing the vehicles to serve as hotspots.

In staffing actions, the board approved the hires of Laine Williams, central office, director of communication; Collin Harris, CHS, assistant track coach; and Jonathan Dee Brown, CHS, cafeteria worker.

The board received one resignation – Anthony Brown, the CMS girls basketball coach.

Staff Writer

Jebb Johnston is a 1991 Alcorn Central High School graduate and a 1995 Ole Miss journalism graduate. His primary beats are city and county government.

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