Hancock High School to close for 14 days after COVID-19 outbreak

Published: Aug. 12, 2021 at 11:15 AM CDT
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KILN, Miss. (WLOX) - Students at Hancock High will be released from school early Thursday and the school will be closed for 14 days due to a large number of positive COVID-19 cases. Teachers and staff will be reporting to work each day to ensure that virtual learning will continue during this time.

Thursday’s early dismissal will begin at 11:30 am for students that drive or are car riders. Car riders may be picked up in the regular car rider location.

Bus riders will be released from classrooms as buses arrive. Any students that are not picked up before 12:15 pm will be moved to the gym where they can work on schoolwork until their ride arrives. These students may be picked up in the bus lane.

Students will be served a grab-and-go lunch before they are released.

Hawk Family, Our district and school-level leadership have decided to close our campus for the next 14 days to prevent...

Posted by Hancock High School on Thursday, August 12, 2021

The high school also announced that it was canceling its in-person Teacher Meet & Greet for today. An alternative meeting will be offered at a later date. More details about how to connect with your child’s teacher will also be released later.

This is the fourth school in South Mississippi to close. South Hancock Elementary announced its two-week closure on Tuesday night. Stone High School and George County Elementary announced Wednesday that they would close for two weeks, as well.

Pearl River County School District also announced it may be making changes to its “Relaunch Plan” to suspend in-person learning starting Aug. 16. There are 2 options in the plan that the school board will consider in reference to the length of the suspension of in-person learning.  One option is 14 days (2 weeks) and the other option is through Labor Day (3 weeks).

If the school closes for in-person learning, the school facilities will be deep cleaned and sanitized.

MSDH defines an outbreak in a school setting as three or more individuals who have been diagnosed with COVID-19 in the same group within a 14-day period. So three people in one classroom would be the same group. There’s no further explanation of how many cases it takes to close an entire school.

To read the most recent report on COVID-19 in Mississippi schools, click here.

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