More Than 240 School Districts In Oklahoma Are Reporting COVID-19 Cases

Sep 18, 2020

Nobody knows how many cases of the coronavirus are present in Oklahoma schools. But, we do know there are hundreds of cases in every part of the state.

StateImpact has been tracking confirmed cases of COVID-19 in schools. So far, nearly 350 cases have been discovered in more than 240 public school districts, charter and private schools. There are likely more.

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

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New Additions - Updated: Friday, September 18:

  • On Sept. 16, Waynoka Public Schools announced two staffers had tested positive for COVID-19. The district pivoted to distance learning for the remainder of the week with a plan to reassess the best way to move forward later.
  • On Sept. 17, Bartlesville Public Schools' dashboard indicated three people were out after testing positive for COVID-19. As a result, 45 people were in quarantine.
  • On Sept. 11, Tyrone Public Schools announced two staff members were out because of a positive test for COVID-19. Additionally, six students and three staffers were out because of quarantine, though none of the spread was associated with the school.
  • On Sept. 11, Edmond Public Schools published a dashboard of cases. The dashboard said one person was in quarantine after testing positive and 15 were in quarantine after close contacts. To that date, the district reported 16 positive cases, 15 of which had recovered.
  • On Sept. 17, Norman Public Schools announced a student at McKinley Elementary had tested positive for COVID-19. Close contacts were notified and asked to quarantine.
  • On Sept. 17, The McAlester News-Capital reported Savanna Public Schools had a positive COVID-19 case on its football team and 34 people would need to quarantine as a result. The team also cancelled its next two games.
  • On Sept. 17, because of a number of positive cases and quarantines, Newcastle Public Schools announced its high school would transition to distance learning for two weeks. The district's Early Childhood Center had already transitioned to distance learning. The district had 11 positive tests during the week and more than 200 quarantined.
  • On Sept. 17, Choctaw-Nicoma Park Public Schools announced three positive tests for COVID-19. Two of the students were already under quarantine, so no additional quarantines were required because of them. One was a member of the Choctaw High School wrestling team, so that team was required to quarantine.
  • On Sept. 16, Anadarko Public Schools announced a person at Anadarko High School had tested positive for COVID-19. Close conctacts were notified and asked to quarantine.
  • On Sept. 17, Coweta Public Schools announced that following a positive test, 125 sixth graders and their teachers were under quarantine.
  • On Sept. 16, Liberty Public Schools in Mounds announced that a student and staffer had tested positive for COVID-19. Because of the number of contacts of the two people, grades 4-12 pivoted to distance learning for two weeks.
  • On Aug. 25, Brushy Public Schools announced someone in the district had tested positive for COVID-19. Close contacts were notified and asked to quarantine.
  • On Sept. 16, Moffett Public School announced that someone had tested positive for COVID-19 in the district. As a result close contacts were notified and asked to quarantine.
  • On Sept. 3, Sallisaw Public Schools announced a staffer at Sallisaw Middle School and Liberty Elementary School had separately tested positive for COVID-19. As a result, close contacts were notified and asked to quarantine.
  • On Sept. 9, Muldrow Public Schools announced someone had tested positive for COVID-19. As a result, close contacts were notified and asked to quarantine.
  • On Sept. 16, Roland Public Schools announced an elementary school staff member had tested positive for COVID-19. As a result close contacts were notified and asked to quarantine.
  • On Sept. 11, Central Public School in Sallisaw announced that an elementary school student had tested positive for COVID-19. As a result, close contacts were notified and asked to quarantine.
  • On Sept. 16, Vanoss Public Schools announced two people had tested positive for COVID-19. They were not believed to have any close contacts at school so there were no other quarantines.
  • On August 18, Lomega Public Schools announced a freshman in high school had tested positive for COVID-19. The district conducted contact tracing.
  • On Sept. 13, Hobart Public Schools announced a middle school student had tested positive for COVID-19. Close contacts were notified and asked to quarantine.
  • On Sept. 15, Cement Public Schools pivoted to distance learning after a "number" of positive tests and mandatory quarantines. The district said all activities would be cancelled for five days.
  • On Aug. 20, Red Oak Public Schools announced a softball player and baseball player had separately tested positive for COVID-19. As a result, both teams were required to quarantine for two weeks.
  • On Sept. 15, Shady Point Public Schools announced that a student had tested positive for COVID-19. As a result, close contacts were notified and asked to quarantine.
  • On Sept. 12, Noble Public Schools announced one staff member had tested positive during the previous week. Additionally, one staff member and 15 students were at home because of potential close contacts with positive cases.
  • On Sept. 18, Tulsa Public Schools released its dashboard. In the previous week six staff and two students reported testing positive for COVID-19. Additionally, 28 staff were put on close contact quarantine. School activity cancellations also involved 60 students playing football, 30 students in band and 15 students in in-person student services.
  • On Sept. 12, Keota Public Schools announced a four elementary school students had separately tested positive for COVID-19. As a result, the district pivoted to distance learning for two weeks.
  • On Sept. 17, Stigler Public Schools announced someone in the district had tested positive for COVID-19. As a result, close contacts were notified and quarantined. On Aug. 29, Wapanucka Public Schools reported a student had tested positive for COVID-19.
  • On Sept. 17, Deer Creek Public Schools announced that a middle school student had tested positive for COVID-19. As a result, close contacts were notified and asked to quarantine.
  • On Sept. 18, Mustang Public Schools updated its dashboard, which for the fourth straight week included an increase in quarantines. The district had 22 active cases from positive tests and 457 people quaranting as a result of a potential COVID contact.
  • On Sept. 18, Jenks Public Schools updated its dashboard. The district had 17 positive cases and 262 in quarantine.
  • On Sept. 18, The Guthrie Leader reported a staff member at Guthrie High School had tested positive for COVID-19.
  • On Sept. 18, Guymon Public Schools released its COVID-19 numbers. The data showed 17 people in quarantine after a positive test and 112 in quarantine after a possible close contact.
  • On Sept. 18, Woodward Public Schools released its dashboard. It showed three positive active cases and 30 people under quarantine after potential contacts.
  • On Sept. 18, Deer Creek Public Schools released a dashboard. It showed that six people had tested positive for COVID-19 during the school year so far and 186 close contact quarantines.
  • On Sept. 17, Stroud Public Schools announced a high school teacher had tested positive for COVID-19. Close contacts were notified and asked to quarantine.

Find out if your school has had a publicly reported case of COVID-19 by searching our database below:

The state’s health department isn’t monitoring cases in schools or reporting that publicly. StateImpact plans to continue monitoring and compiling cases.

An Oklahoma State Department of Education spokeswoman said that agency is currently working on a mechanism for school districts to report cases. It’s unclear, though, if the data collected will be publicly available and what form it might take.

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This COVID-19/education reporting is made possible through a grant from the Walton Family Foundation.