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Muskogee Public Schools staffer tests positive for COVID-19 after being on elementary campus Friday

Muskogee Public Schools staffer tests positive for COVID-19 after being on elementary campus Friday

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A staff member at New Tech at Cherokee Elementary School in Muskogee tested positive for COVID-19 after being at work on Friday, a district official announced Monday afternoon.

A news release states the staff member will remain in self-isolation for at least 10 days from the date of the positive test or symptom onset, whichever ends later.

Director of Communications Steve Braun said site administrators are in the process of notifying other staff members and students who had direct contact with the employee, and said those individuals will need to quarantine for 14 days.

Family members of students attending New Tech at Cherokee Elementary received a school messenger notification at 5 p.m. Monday notifying them of the positive test result, Braun said.

“Once MPS learned of the positive Covid-19 test results, the Muskogee County Health Department was notified of the situation,” he said.

“Along with MCHD, MPS is assisting families with concerns as we work through this positive staff member case.”

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School board members originally were slated to vote on Superintendent Deborah Gist’s recommendation calling for students to return to the classroom gradually through a hybrid learning model for the second nine weeks of the 2020-21 school year. But after several hours of discussion, most — if not all — rejected the idea of replacing distance learning with a hybrid model.

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School board members originally were slated to vote on Superintendent Deborah Gist’s recommendation calling for students to return to the classroom gradually through a hybrid learning model for the second nine weeks of the 2020-21 school year. But after several hours of discussion, most — if not all — rejected the idea of replacing distance learning with a hybrid model.

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