As one DeSoto County (DCS) school is leaving virtual learning to go into a hybrid version on Wednesday, another DCS school is going into virtual learning due to the excessive number of COVID-19 cases and case clusters.
DCS issued a statement Tuesday evening to announce that Lewisburg Middle School would begin virtual instruction on Thursday, Aug 26.
“Based on recommendations from the Mississippi State Department of Health, Lewisburg Middle School will transition to virtual learning on Thursday, Aug. 26,” the statement read. “The recommendation came after a review of COVID student case numbers and clusters of cases in multiple classrooms. Virtual learning is tentatively scheduled for Lewisburg Middle School students through Wednesday, Sept. 8.”
The announcement came as students in Hernando High School were about to start a hybrid instruction mode Wednesday, where half the student body would be doing in-person learning one day, followed by the other half of the student body the following day, etc.
Hernando High went into virtual instruction last week for similar reasons that were voiced in Tuesday’s announcement about Lewisburg Middle School.
High case numbers, clusters of cases among the students, and the expectation of more cases moved Hernando High to go virtual.
On Monday, DeSoto County Schools announced there were 406 new coronavirus cases among the more than 34,000 students in the state’s largest school district last week, and 1,249 new quarantines.
Of that number, Lewisburg Middle had 31 new cases last week and 104 students, or 10.71 percent of the student population, in quarantines. The 31 new cases last week amounted to 3.19 percent of the student body.
The complete report on last week’s DCS coronavirus cases and quarantines, broken down by school, may be viewed on the DeSoto County Schools website.
In Marshall County, Byhalia Middle School Monday reported it will be going virtual for two weeks due to COVID-19 cases among its student body.