TUPELO • The Tupelo Public School District reported 56 positive COVID-19 cases among students during its eighth week, down from 58 reported the previous week.

There were eight cases among students in pre-K through second grade, 14 in third through fifth grade, 10 in sixth through eighth grade and 24 at the high school.

Tupelo Schools COVID-19 data Sept 24

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. 24.

There were 112 total students considered close contacts to a positive case. A total of 168 students were quarantined during the eighth week, slightly lower than 171 quarantines the previous week.

About 2.4% of the district's 7,000 students were quarantined, the same as the previous week.

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

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

The district also reported two positive cases among teachers – one in pre-K through second grade and one at the high school. Six teachers were quarantined.

Two members of the support staff tested positive for the virus, and two were quarantined.

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