More Than 130 School Districts In Oklahoma Are Reporting COVID-19 Cases

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After less than a month of instruction, one-fourth of Oklahoma's school districts have publicly reported a positive case of the coronavirus. The cases can be found in every corner and every type of school in the state.

There are no signs of its spread slowing as some districts have declined to take actions like mask mandates or pivoting to distance learning when there's significant community spread in their home county.

We'll continue tracking confirmed cases and outbreaks at schools in this post.

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New Additions - Updated: Tuesday, September 1:

  • On Aug. 31, Welch Public Schools announced a student who'd been in class the previous week had subsequently tested positive for COVID-19. The district moved to distance learning for the next two days.
  • On Aug. 31, Stilwell Public Schools announced a high school student had tested positive for COVID-19. Close contacts were quarantined.
  • On Aug. 31, Sallisaw Public Schools announced an Eastside Elementary School student had tested positive for COVID-19. The district was conducting contact tracing and asking close contacts to quarantine.
  • On Aug. 31, Okmulgee Public Schools announced that Okmulgee High School would shift to distance learning because of "multiple confirmed cases" of COVID-19.
  • On Aug. 30, Wilson Public Schools announced a person had tested positive for COVID-19 in the district.
  • On Aug. 31, Calera Public Schools announced two people had tested positive for COVID-19. Affected people were requested to quarantine.
  • On Aug. 31, Gore Public Schools announced multiple Gore High School students had tested positive for the coronavirus. The district also announced football games would be cancelled for two weeks.
  • On Aug. 31, Tulsa Union Public Schools launched a dashboard of cases that showed 10 students and three staffers had tested positive for the coronavirus.

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August 31:

  • On Aug. 31, Vinita Public Schools announced a student had tested positive for the coronavirus. The district announced kids with home internet would transition to distance learning while those without would continue coming to school.
  • On Aug. 31, Muldrow Public Schools announced someone in the district had tested positive for the coronavirus.
  • On Aug. 31, Verdigris Public Schools superintedent Mike Payne confirmed two students had tested positive for COVID-19 over the weekend. Their classes were quarantining. Classes in the district are being kept separate in so-called "pods" to limit potential exposure.
  • On Aug. 31, McAlester Public Schools annouinced a student at Puterbaugh Middle School had tested positive for the coronavirus.
  • On Aug. 31, Panama Public Schools Superintendent Dusty Walden confirmed a staff member tested positive for the coronavirus over the weekend. The district had all people who came into contact with the staffer quarantined. Masks are required in the hallway and plexiglass dividers are used in each classroom.
  • On Aug. 31, Wagoner Public Schools Superintendent Randy Harris confirmed two staff members and one student had tested positive for the coronavirus. The affected people and their close contacts were requested to quarantine. The school is on a rotational schedule and is regularly sanitzing to limit the spread.
  • On Aug. 31, Hobart Public Schools announced a staffer had tested positive for the coronavirus.
  • On Aug. 31, Tahlequah Public Schools announced an elementary school teacher had tested positive for the coronavirus. The district was already close for two days following the death of a special education teacher who died from a heart attack after testing positive for COVID-19.

August 30:

  • On Aug. 30, Cache Public Schools announced two students, who are siblings, had tested positive for the coronavirus. Close contacts were quarantined.
  • On Aug. 30, Beggs Public Schools announced "several" students and staff had tested positive for the coronavirus. The school announced it would shift to distance learning until Sept. 8.
  • On Aug. 30, Edmond Public Schools announced the principal of John Ross Elementary had tested positive for the coronavirus. Several teachers were placed under quarantine.
  • On Aug. 30, Ravia Public Schools announced it would transition to distance learning because of an "increased number" of COVID cases in the district.
  • On Aug. 30, Seiling Public Schools announced an elementary school teacher had tested positive for the coronavirus and all close contacts would be quarantined.
  • On Aug. 30, Okemah Public Schools announced someone in the school district had tested positive for the coronavirus.

August 29:

  • On Aug. 29, Sapulpa Public Schools alerted parents at Holmes Park Elementary School that two pre-k students had tested positive for COVID-19.
  • On Aug. 29, Noble Public Schools announced two students had tested positive for the coronavirus. Fifteen students and five teachers were quarantined because of potential contacts or positive tests.

August 28:

  • On Aug. 28, Ponca City Public Schools announced one high school student had tested positive and 26 had been quarantined because they came into contact with the student.
  • On Aug. 28, Durant Public Schools announced positive cases of the coronavirus at Northwest Heights Elementary School. The district had announced positive cases at Durant Intermediate School, Durant Middle School and Durant High School, the previous day.
  • On Aug. 28, Drumright Public Schools announced that a middle school student had tested positive for the coronavirus. Close contacts were quarantined.
  • On Aug. 28, Wynnewood Public Schools announced a high school senior had tested positive for the coronavirus. The district was conducting contact tracing and asking the family members of the positive student to quarantine.
  • On Aug. 28, Mill Creek School announced a high school student had tested positive for the coronavirus. The student was quarantined and the district did contact tracing.
  • On Aug. 28, following positive test results for the coronavirus, Berryhill Public Schools announced Berryhill High School would transition to distance learning for two weeks.
  • On Aug. 28, Mustang Public Schools announced it had 22 positive cases of the coronavirus and 92 people in quarantine across multiple school sites.
  • On Aug. 28, Guymon Public Schools announced its softball and dance teams were under quaranatine after a student had tested postive for the coronavirus.

August 27:

  • On Aug. 27, Geary Public Schools announced a student had tested positive and transitioned students at the impacted site to distance learning for three days.
  • On Aug. 27, Springer Public Schools announced a staffer had tested positive for the coronavirus. The district moved to distance learning for two weeks.
  • On Aug. 27, Edmond Public Schools announced a student had tested positive for the coronavirus at Chisholm Elementary. Three students in close contact were notified and quarantined.
  • On Aug. 27, Hugo Public Schools announced one student and four parents had tested postiive for the coronavirus and 44 students were in quarantine. The district mandated masks following the quarantines.
  • On Aug. 27, Berryhill Public Schools in Tulsa announced a member of the student band had tested postive for the coronavirus.
  • On Aug. 27, Blanchard Public Schools notified parents that a high school student had tested positive for the coronavirus. Those who had been in close contact were requested to quarantine for two weeks from the date of exposure.
  • On Aug. 27, the first day of school at Tahlequah Public Schools, the district reported a student on the softball team had tested positive for the coronavirus. The student wasn't at school, but had been in contact with teammates before school started.
  • On Aug. 27, Edmond Public Schools announced that an Edmond Memorial High School student had tested positive for the coronavirus. Seventeen students were quarantined as a result.
  • On Aug. 27, Central Public School in Sallisaw announced that a high school student had tested positive for the coronavirus.

August 26:

  • On Aug. 26, Jay Public Schools announced a student had tested positive for the coronavirus and all of that person's close contacts were quarantined.
  • On Aug. 26, Mannford Public Schools announced two high school students had tested positive for COVID-19.
  • On Aug. 26, Minco Public Schools reported an elementary school student had been exposed to the coronavirus outside of school and tested positive. Five people were under quarantine.
  • On Aug. 26, Morris Public Schools announced a high school football player had tested positive for the coronavirus. The entire team and coaching staff was put under quarantine until Sept. 8.
  • On Aug. 26, Westville Public Schools announced someone in the district had tested positive for COVID-19. The schools shifted to distance learning for the remainder of the week.
  • On Aug. 26, Bridge Creek Public Schools announced in a video that a student had tested positivefor the coronavirus.
  • On Aug. 26, Idabel Public Schools announced a staffer had tested positive for the coronavirus. As a result, the entire Pre-K class and staff at Idabel Primary South was required to quarantine for 14 days.
  • On Aug. 26, Waukomis Public Schools was notified of a possible exposure of multiple students to the coronavirus. The district said the students were isolating after they'd been involved in off campus family activities.
  • On Aug. 26, Keys Public Schools announced a high school student had tested positive for the coronavirus and had also attended school after being knowingly exposed and before they received a test result. The district has asked 21 people to quarantine because of potential exposure.

August 25:

  • On Aug. 25, Arapaho-Butler Public Schools announced four cases of the coronavirus across multiple grade levels.
  • On Aug. 25, Locust Grove Public Schools announced a part-time employee had tested positive for the coronavirus. All close contacts were quarantined.
  • On Aug. 25, Walters Public Schools announced a staff member had tested positive for the coronavirus. A football player later tested positive, leading to the cancellation of an Aug. 28 game against Hinton.
  • On Aug. 25, Marietta Public Schools announced a pair of unrelated cases at Marietta Primary and Middle Schools. The district instituted a mask mandate two days later to begin the following week.
  • On Aug. 25, Latta Public Schools announced a staffer had tested positive for COVID-19. The district said it was conducting contact tracing.
  • On Aug. 25, Hennessey Public Schools announced its first positive test results for a student or staffer. Earlier in August, Gov. Kevin Stitt had toured the school, touting its safety protocols.
  • On Aug. 25, Tishomingo Public Schools announced a staff member at Tishomingo High School had tested positive for the coronavirus. The district has cancelled its football games for the next two weeks and players are quarantining.
  • On Aug. 25, Pioneer-Pleasant Vale Public Schools announced Pioneer High School's principal was exhibiting symptoms of the coronavirus and one staff member tested positive. The school will transition to distance learning for two weeks.
  • On Aug. 25, Chisholm High School was reportedly closed for three days because of a number of positive COVID-19 cases reported there.
  • On Aug. 25, Alva Public Schools announced someone at Alva High School had tested positive for the coronavirus.
  • On Aug. 25, Piedmont Public Schools announced a staff member who had been at a teacher meet and greet for the Piedmont Early Childhood Center had tested positive for the coronavirus.
  • On Aug. 25, Edmond Public Schools announced a smattering of cases across three schools. The cases caused football activities at Edmond North High School and Sequoyah Middle School to be delayed or cancelled. A teacher at Heritage Elementary School also tested positive. In total 47 students and staff were placed into quarantine because of potential exposures.
  • On Aug. 25, it was reported Norwood Public Schools would transition to distance learning because of "multiple" cases of the coronavirus in the school. The district says it plans to be back to in-person school on Sept. 8.
  • On Aug. 25, Duncan Public Schools announced a group of students had been quarantined because of a potential exposure to the coronavirus.
  • On Aug. 25, Elgin Public Schools confirmed a staff member had tested positive for the coronavirus. Superintendent Nate Meraz wrote the district "contacted the health department, conducted contact tracing, contacted affected persons, thoroughly cleaned the room, and followed all CDC guidelines."
  • On Aug. 25, Anadarko Public Schools announced a student at Sunset Elementary had tested positive for COVID-19. The student's class and staff in the class would be quarantined for two weeks.
  • On Aug. 23, 24 and 25, Tecumseh Public Schools reported several cases of the coronavirus.

August 24:

  • On Aug. 24, Stroud Public Schools announced a second grade student had tested positive for the coronavirus. The district's second graders and staff who worked with them were required to quarantine for two weeks.
  • On Aug. 24, Laverne Public Schools announced a student had tested positive for the coronavirus. The student and all close contacts were quarantined for two weeks.
  • On Aug. 24, Milburn Public Schools announced a person at the high school had tested positive for the coronavirus. People who had been in close contact with the person were placed on quarantine.
  • On Aug. 24, Deer Creek-Lamont announced it was cancelling two football games after a staff member had tested positive for the coronavirus.
  • On Aug. 24, Hooker Public Schools announced a student had been in close contact with a person who had tested positive for the coronavirus.
  • On Aug. 24, Union Public Schools in Tulsa confirmed that four employees had tested positive. The district has started school after its school board voted against the recommendation of its superintendent to begin the year virtually.
  • On Aug. 24, Chickasha Public Schools announced a student at Grand Avenue Elementary School had tested positive for the coronavirus after a notification from the Grady County Health Department.
  • On Aug. 24, Guymon Public Schools announced a person associated with the football and volleyball programs at Guymon High School had tested positive for the coronavirus. That person had been in close contact with both teams and they were both required to quarantine.
  • On Aug. 24, Watonga Public Schools announced a student had tested positive for the coronavirus.
  • On Aug. 24, Clinton Public Schools announced at least one student had tested positive for COVID-19 at each of its school sites. At least a dozen students have tested positive for the virus, though only four have been in classes.
  • On Aug. 24, Pocola Public Schools announced it would shift to distance learning for two weeks because of positive cases and a growing number of absences at the school.
  • On Aug. 24, Altus Public Schools announced a second grade teacher at Rivers Elementary School had tested positive for the coronavirus. She was last in the classroom the previous Friday, Aug. 21, according to the district and she and students were all wearing masks.
  • On Aug. 24, Cleveland Public Schools announced a positive case of a high school student at Cleveland High School.
  • On Aug. 24, Turner Public School superintendent announced she and another staff member had tested positive for the coronavirus. The school pivoted to distance learning for two weeks.
  • As of Aug. 24, Enid Public Schools had reported 452 students and staff in quarantine because of potential exposure to the coronavirus. Of those cases, 33 people had tested positive.

August 23:

  • On Aug. 23, Hardesty Public Schools announced someone in the district had tested positive for the coronavirus.
  • On Aug. 23, upon learning that Whitefield Public School's home county Haskell County was in a COVID-19 hot zone, its superintendent released a letter saying the district would continue in person instruction despite state guidance suggesting to go remote. The district had previously had cases reported on Aug. 12.
  • On Aug. 23, Wapanucka Public Schools reported a positive case. The announcement said school would continue as normal while the person quarantined.
  • On Aug. 23, Mason Public Schools shifted to distance learning after a person tested positive for the coronavirus.
  • On Aug. 23, Coleman Public Schools announced a staff member had tested positive for COVID-19. The school switched to distance learning for two weeks.
  • On Aug. 23, Rock Creek Public Schools in Bokchito announced the district's middle and high schools would pivot to distance learning after five people had tested positive for the coronavirus during the previous week.

August 22:

  • On Aug. 22, Holdenville Public Schools announced the district would close for a week because of a staff member testing positive for COVID-19.
  • On Aug. 22, Mooreland Public Schools learned a student had tested positive for the coronavirus. The district has since instituted a masking policy during passing periods and on school transportation.

August 21:

  • On Aug. 21, it was reported that an employee at Haywood Public Schools had tested positive for COVID-19 and two other employees were under quarantine.
  • On Aug. 21, Moffett Public School alerted parents that two people associated with the school had tested positive for the coronavirus.
  • On Aug. 21, Olive Public Schools announced a student had tested positive for the coronavirus and all people who had close contacts would quarantine for one week.
  • On Aug. 21, Stigler Public Schools announced a staffer who split time between the middle and high school had tested positive for the coronavirus. People who had been close contacts were required to quarantine for 14 days.
  • On Aug. 21, one person at Skyline Elementary School in Stillwater tested positive. Two days later, Stillwater Public Schools announced the district was moving to distance learning and would determine if it would operate in person or at a distance on a week-by-week basis.
  • On Aug. 21, Asher Public Schools reported a student had tested positive for the coronavirus.
  • On Aug. 21, Seminole Public Schools announced an employee had tested positive for the coronavirus.
  • On Aug. 21, Oilton Public Schools announced someone at Oilton High School had tested positive for the coronavirus and several people were quarantined. The high school switched to distance learning for 14 days.
  • On Aug. 21, Little Axe Public Schools announced it was moving to distance learning to begin the school year on Aug. 24 and would begin in-person instruction on Sept. 8., because "an increased number" of staff were showing symptoms of COVID-19.
  • On Aug. 21, the Lincoln County Health Department reported a member of the Wellston High School softball team tested positive for COVID-19. The person is currently under quarantine and contact tracing is underway.

August 20:

  • On Aug. 20, Wayne Public Schools announced a teacher and student had tested positive for the coronavirus.
  • On Aug. 20, Henryetta Public Schools announced a student who participated in an extracurricular activity had tested positive for the coronavirus. The district started the year in distance learning.
  • On Aug. 20, Porter Public Schools announced a staffer or student had tested positive for the coronavirus. The exposure was limited to a small group outdoors but the person with COVID-19 would quarantine for 14 days.
  • On Aug. 20, McLoud Public Schools announced a positive test for the coronavirus at McLoud Intermediate School. The previous day, the district announced another case at the high school.
  • On Aug. 20, Cordell Public Schools announced a kindergarten student had tested positive for COVID-19. All students who had been in contact with the student recently were quarantined as well.
  • On Aug. 20, Tecumseh Public Schools announced a person working in the lunch room at Barnard Elementary had tested positive for COVID-19. All nutrition employees were quarantined.
  • On Aug. 20, Atoka Public Schools announced a high school student tested positive for COVID-19 and contact tracing and quarantine determinations are being made. All students and staff in grades 6-12 will be required to wear face coverings at all times while on campus, except while eating in the cafeteria, or participating in band and athletics.
  • On Aug. 20, Sand Springs High School reported a person affiliated with the freshman football team had tested positive for the coronavirus and would suspend practice for two weeks.
  • On Aug. 20, Glenpool Public Schools announced that a middle school volleyball player had tested positive for the coronavirus after attending school earlier in the week. The district quarantined 41 people including staff and students.
  • On Aug. 20, Moore Public Schools announced two people - a student and staffer - at Oakridge Elementary School had tested positive for the coronavirus.
  • On Aug. 20, Marquette Catholic School in Tulsa announced a teacher had tested positive for the coronavirus before school had started and had not been in the school since the previous week.

August 19:

  • On Aug. 19, a person at Fort Gibson High School tested positive for the virus and 25 people he had been in contact with quarantined.
  • On Aug. 19, El Reno Public Schools announced an employee had tested positive for the coronavirus at Lincoln Learning Center. The school was closed for 48 hours per local health guidelines and transitioned to distance learning for two weeks.
  • On Aug. 19, Caney Valley Public Schools announced an employee had tested positive for the coronavirus and would transition to distance learning for one week.
  • On Aug. 19, Salina Public Schools announced a temporary shift to distance learning after an employee and two students tested positive for COVID-19.
  • On Aug. 19, Coyle Public Schools announced its superintendent had tested positive for the coronavirus. Because he was involved in daily activities in each classroom, the school pivoted to distance learning for a week.

August 18:

  • On Aug. 18, Checotah High School announced that a student had tested positive for the coronavirus.
  • On Aug. 18, A student or staff member at Blanchard Middle School tested positive and the school district conducted contact tracing and asked those who came in contact with them to quarantine, according to superintendent Brady Barnes.
  • On Aug. 18, Bartlesville Public Schools reported two staff members had tested positive at Bartlesville High School and 13 people were asked to quarantine.
  • On Aug. 18, Grove Public Schools announced a staff member at Grove High School has tested positive.
  • On Aug. 18, Avant Public School announced it would delay school until Sept. 8 after staff and children tested postive following the distribution of district chromebooks.
  • On Aug. 18, a dozen Jenks Public Schools employees are quarantining after two tested positive following a staff meeting. The district was already planning to start the semester remotely.
  • On Aug. 18, Hilldale Public School in Muskogee announced a staff member had tested positive.

August 17:

August 16:

  • On Aug. 16, Duncan Public Schools announced a student had tested positive for the coronavirus but classes would continue.

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August 10:

August 8:

  • On Aug. 8, Pauls Valley Public Schools delayed its start of school because of a positive test, with the first week of classes conducted online.

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July 31:

  • On July 31, Yukon Public Schools delayed its start and moved to all virtual because of positive test results.

This list is not complete, but represents cases found based on school advisories and news reports around Oklahoma. If you have a case you think should be added, please email robby@stateimpactoklahoma.org.