COVID-19 exposure puts dozens from Manning Elementary in quarantine


Just a few days into the academic year, Manning Elementary School sent home dozens of students after being exposed to COVID-19.

In an announcement posted to Facebook Thursday after school was released, the school said administrators were informed a person had tested positive for COVID-19 and that two teachers and 37 students were exposed to the virus. From that group, 35 students were sent home.

According to the announcement , both teachers were fully vaccinated and therefore don’t need to quarantine, and one student recently recovered from COVID-19 and therefore also does not have to quarantine.

Following federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and state Department of Health and Environmental Control guidelines, district nurses contacted the parents of exposed students, and all affected classrooms have been cleaned and disinfected.

The district requests that parents keep any students home if they feel ill or have been exposed to COVID-19.

“Any parent/guardian who is unsure if they should send a child to school may call any district nurse,” the social media announcement said.

There is no word yet on what grade or grades the impacted group is in or the district’s thoughts on shifting to virtual instruction.

This story will be updated as more information becomes available.