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  • Oklahoma - COVID outbreak closes Mannsville school

    Monday, August 15th 2022, 9:19 AM CDT
    Updated: Monday, August 15th 2022, 6:34 PM CDT

    By Lexy French

    MANNSVILLE, Okla. (KTEN) — A COVID-19 outbreak has forced the shutdown of Mannsville Public School.

    "Due to an increasingly high number of positive COVID tests for both students and staff, we are forced to close for this week to allow time for everyone to get better and not continue to spread the virus," said Superintendent Brandi Price-Kelty in a Facebook post to parents.

    She said virtual learning days will compensate for the missed class time after Labor Day. Classes are scheduled to resume on Monday, August 22.

    The school serves about 100 students in pre-kindergarten through eighth grade; about 20 percent of them were out with coronavirus symptoms as of last Thursday, and that number continued to increase.

    "We are a small staff, but half of my staff members tested positive over the weekend," Price-Kelty told KTEN. "With so many staff members out this week, it was going to be hard to even cover."

    Price-Kelty told KTEN that about 20 percent of Mannsville students and 50 percent of the staff tested positive for the virus.