Mississippi high school closes campus due to COVID-19 outbreak, shifts to online classes

Published 9:48 pm Wednesday, September 30, 2020

A Mississippi high school has closed its campus to in-person classes and moved all students to online learning for two weeks after a surge in COVID-19 coronavirus cases.

Hancock High School officials said in a public statement released Wednesday that a high number of cases in students and staff.

“Considering the Labor Day holiday, hurricane evacuations, and other events; our community is currently experiencing a surge in Covid-19 cases,” a school official wrote. “As a result, we have an increasing number of positive cases in the school setting.”

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The school district said contract tracing indicated the cases were not coming from spread within the school environment but were from community spread.

Hancock High School’s campus will close for 14 days, the district said, with all students shifting to distance learning.