The Tupelo Public School District reported 124 positive COVID-19 cases among students and seven among teachers during its fifth week of school, the district said.

There were 16 cases among students in pre-K through second grade, 40 in third through fifth grade, 39 in sixth through eighth grade and 29 at the high school.

TPSD COVID-19 data September 3

A table showing the number of positive COVID-19 cases, close contacts and quarantines among students and teachers in the Tupelo Public School District through Sept. 3.

There were 388 total students considered close contacts to a positive case. A total of 512 students were quarantined during the fifth week, down slightly from 561 the previous week.

That's more than 7% of the district's 7,000 students quarantined.

Masks have been required for all students and staff, regardless of vaccination status, since school started Aug. 4.

According to the district, all positive cases have been self-reported and occurred outside of school.

The district also reported seven positive cases among teachers – one in pre-K through second grade, two in third through fifth grade, three in sixth through eighth grade and one at the high school. Thirteen teachers were quarantined.

Six members of the support staff tested positive for the virus — four in pre-K through second grade, one in third through fifth grade and one in sixth through eighth grade.

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