TUPELO • The Lee County School District reported 51 COVID-19 cases among students and 133 student quarantines during the sixth week of school.

Around 2% of the district's approximately 6,000 students were quarantined during the sixth week, the same as the previous week. The Tupelo Public School District had quarantined around 3% of its approximately 7,000 students during the sixth week.

There were student COVID-19 cases at 12 of the district's 14 schools. Shannon Primary School, Shannon Middle School The Belden Center did not report any cases among students or teachers/staff during week six.

Lee County Schools COVID-19 data September 10

The number of COVID-19 cases and quarantines among students and teachers reported by the Lee County School District for Sept. 6 through Sept. 10, 2021.

The district also reported six COVID-19 cases among teachers and staff. Only one teacher or staff member was quarantined because of close contact with a positive case.

The district reported one outbreak at Guntown Middle School during the sixth week, which is defined as three or more cases within a group like a classroom or sports team.

Students wear cowboy hats to honor Robert Banik, longtime Guntown Middle School custodian

Face masks are currently 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 8%, according to LCSD Communications Officer Robert Byers.

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