More Than Half Of Oklahoma's School Districts Have Reported COVID-19 Cases

Oct 21, 2020

No one 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, more than 630 public announcements have been discovered from more than 300 public school districts, charter and private schools. That's more than half the number of school districts in the state. There are likely more.

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

Sign up for our daily newsletter to get local news updates.

KOSU depends on donors to keep delivering you the news and information you need. Support this public service by giving monthly as a sustaining member of KOSU or make a one-time donation of your choice. Thank you. Click here to give.

New Additions - Updated: Wednesday, October 21:

  • On Oct. 10, Union City Public Schools announced it would transition to distance learning leading into the district's fall break after 1 "additional" teacher tested positive and additional staff members were quarantining.
  • On Oct. 12, Woodall Public Schools announced 1 new positive case during the week of Oct. 12.
  • On Oct. 7, Roland Public Schools announced 1 middle school student had tested positive for COVID-19. Close contacts were notified and asked to quarantine.
  • On Sept. 21, Central Public Schools in Sallisaw announced 1 high school student had tested positive for COVID-19. Close contacts were notified and asked to quarantine.
  • On Oct. 8, Gans Public Schools announced 1 person had tested positive for COVID-19, requiring a significant number of people at the school to quarantine. That led to a temporary pivot to distance learning.
  • On Sept. 23, Muldrow Public Schools announced 1 person had tested positive for COVID-19. Close contacts were notified and asked to quarantine.
  • On Oct. 8, Sallisaw Public Schools announced 1 student at Liberty Elementary School had tested positive for COVID-19. Close contacts were notified and asked to quarantine.
  • On Oct. 15, Choctaw-Nicoma Park Public Schools announced 2 students had tested postiive for COVID-19. That included 1 member of the Choctaw High School boys basketball team. In total, 21 people were required to qurantine.
  • On Oct. 16, Oklahoma City Public Schools announced 8 staff members and 1 student had self-reported positive COVID-19 cases. Additionally, 18 staff and 5 students were quarantining because of possible exposure. The district was still operating on distance learning.
  • On Oct. 10, Wewoka Public Schools announced 1 person had tested positive for COVID-19. As a result, close contacts were notified and asked to quarantine.
  • On Oct. 12, Seminole Public Schools announced an 8th grade student had tested positive for COVID-19. As a result, close contacts were notified and asked to quarantine.
  • On Oct. 13, Catoosa Public Schools updated its dashboard. The dashboard showed 3 people were isolating after testing positive and 39 people were quarantining.
  • On about Sept. 30, Justus-Tiawah Public Schools announced 1 person at the district's junior high had tested positive for COVID-19. As a result, close contacts were notified and asked to quarantine.
  • On Oct. 16, Bartlesville Public Schools' dashboard showed the district had 3 people in isolation after testing positive and 127 people in quarantine after potential exposure.
  • On Oct. 16, Woodward Public Schools' dashboard showed the district had 2 students and 4 staff members in isolation after testing positive and 99 students and 10 staff members in quarantine after potential exposure.
  • On Oct. 16, Tulsa Public Schools' dashboard showed the district had 11 staff members in isolation after testing positive and 26 students and 41 staff members in quarantine after potential exposure.
  • On Oct. 16, Owasso Public Schools' dashboard showed the district had 14 people in isolation after testing positive and 207 people in quarantine after potential exposure.
  • On Oct. 13, Tulsa Union Public Schools' dashboard showed the district had 36 people in isolation after testing positive and 459 people in quarantine after potential exposure.
  • On Oct. 15, Lawton Public Schools updated its dashboard. The data showed 10 students and 7 staff were isolating after positive tests and 123 people were quarantining after potential exposure.
  • On Oct. 15, in the district's weekly update, Noble Public Schools announced 1 staff member had tested positive for COVID-19 and 31 people were quarantining because of potential exposure.
  • On Oct. 18, Berryhill Public Schools in Tulsa announced 2 people had tested positive for COVID-19. Close contacts were notified and asked to quarantine.
  • On Oct. 20, McAlester Public Schools' dashboard showed 1 student was out after testing positive for COVID-19 and 22 people were quarantining because of potential exposure.
  • On Sept. 24, Cheyenne Public Schools announced 1 bus driver had tested positive for COVID-19. All the people who rode that bus were asked to quarantine.
  • On Oct. 20, Choctaw-Nicoma Park Public Schools announced 4 students had tested positive for COVID-19 across the district. Dozens were in quarantine because of exposures in school and at a daycare facility in Choctaw.

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.

In the meantime, please send us any cases of the coronavirus you know of or think we should check out by filling out this form:

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