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Latest update from Marion school superintendent: more than 700 students and staff in quarantine, 43 tested positive on Covid-19



Arkansas is currently seeing one of the largest Covid-19 waves as the Delta variant continues to spread in both vaccinated and unvaccinated people.

What is even more alarming is the latest information released by the Marion School District Superintendent Glen Fenter who said that a total of 730 students and staff were quarantined as of the morning and this number will continue to grow.

As we already reported, the Merion School District started new hybrid schedule which resulted to start the school year earlier than the others school district in the state. The new schedule means nine weeks of studies and two weeks break in the fall. The current school year started last Monday, but no one really expected the current coronavirus situation in the schools.

Fenter added that as of Wednesday morning, 43 people tested positive on the virus that sent 700+ people in quarantine. According to his data, 1/3 of them came from elementary schools, while 2/3 of the cases are junior and high school students who are more active and more social.

The district already discussed potential closures to all schools in the district since closing one school won’t solve the outbreak because cases are confirmed in several schools under their jurisdiction.

The Merion School District is consisted of 4,000 students and 400 teachers and school staff.

While we are writing this article, the special session to discuss amending a state law to allow school districts to mandate masks is taking place.

Arkansas Department of Health reported that there are more than 20,000 active cases as of Wednesday and this happens for the first time since January.

You can find today’s report here.