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

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More than 350 private, charter and public school districts across Oklahoma have reported cases of coronavirus since the start of fall classes. View an interactive map below.

Update: August 19, 2021: StateImpact is tracking schools and school districts forced to closures or pivot to distance learning because of cases of COVID-19 in their classrooms. See a database and map for the 2021-22 school year here.

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 880 public announcements have been discovered from more than 350 private, charter and public school districts. 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.

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New Additions - Updated: Thursday, December 3:

  • On Oct. 21, Kenwood Public Schools in Salina announced it would transition to distance learning for two weeks after 1 student tested positive for COVID-19.
  • On Nov. 30, Jay Public Schools announced 2 high school students who are siblings tested positive for COVID-19.
  • On Nov. 18, Grove Public Schools announced 4 students and 1 staff member had tested positive for COVID-19. Additionally, 60 students and 14 staff were quarantined because of close contact exposures.
  • On Nov. 16, Kansas Public Schools announced 1 staff member had tested positive for COVID-19.
  • On Nov. 30, Colcord Public Schools announced 1 person had tested positive for COVID-19.
  • On Oct. 13, Bowring School announced one student tested positive for COVID-19. As a result, grades 3 through 8 went to virtual instruction through Oct. 20.
  • On Nov. 16, Bokoshe Public Schools announced due to one positive case of COVID-19, the district would transition to virtual learning for the remainder of the week.
  • On Nov. 16, Cordell Public Schools announced one student and two staff members tested positive for COVID-19. Quarantine rules were put into place and the district later transitioned to virtual learning until Dec. 7.
  • On Nov. 6, Cordell Public Schools announced one teacher tested positive for COVID-19. Affected classrooms were placed in quarantine.
  • On Nov. 6, Big Pasture Public Schools announced one staff member tested positive for COVID-19. The district is working with Cotton County Health Department on contact tracing and quarantine guidelines.
  • On Nov. 3, Ketchum Public Schools announced one middle school student tested positive for COVID-19. Those in direct contact were placed in quarantine. The district went virtual the next day to allow for extra sanitation of the building.
  • On Nov. 24, Temple Public Schools announced one high school student tested positive for COVID-19. Quarantine procedures will be subsequently followed.
  • On Nov. 23, Temple Public Schools announced one staff member tested positive for COVID-19. Quarantine procedures will be subsequently followed.
  • On Oct. 27, Temple Public Schools announced one staff member tested positive for COVID-19. Quarantine procedures will be subsequently followed.
  • On Oct. 30, Stuart Public School announced one student tested positive for COVID-19. As a result, some fifth and sixth graders will quarantine for two weeks.
  • On Nov. 13, Butner Public Schools announced one employee tested positive for COVID-19. As a result, the district transitioned to virtual learning from Nov. 17 to Dec. 18.
  • On Nov. 7, Allen Public Schools announced three students and two staff members have tested positive for COVID-19. As a result, the district transitioned to distance learning for the next two weeks.

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.

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Robby Korth joined StateImpact Oklahoma in October 2019, focusing on education reporting.