TUPELO • The Lee County School District reported 24 COVID-19 cases among students and 54 student quarantines during the eighth week of school.

That's about .9% of the district's approximately 6,000 students who were quarantined during the eighth week, down from about 1.3% the previous week. The Tupelo Public School District had quarantined around 2.4% of its approximately 7,000 students during the eighth week.

There were student COVID-19 cases at nine of the district's 14 schools.

Lee County Schools COVID-19 data Sept. 24, 2021

The number of COVID-19 cases and quarantines among students and teachers reported by the Lee County School District for Sept. 20 through Sept. 24, 2021.

The district reported five COVID-19 cases among teachers and staff. No teachers or staff members were quarantined because of close contact with a positive case.

The district reported zero outbreaks during the eighth week, which is defined as three or more cases within a small group or classroom.

Face masks are optional for all Lee County Schools students during the 2021-22 school year after having been mandated by Gov. Tate Reeves for the entirety of the previous year.

The percentage of quarantined students at schools across the district runs anywhere from a low of less than 1% to a high of 3%, according to LCSD Communications Officer Robert Byers.

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