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VWSD School Board instates a five-day quarantine and extends mask mandate

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Screengrab of VWSD School Board meeting on Jan. 13, 2022)

At a board meeting held on Thursday, the Vicksburg-Warren School District announced that due to the increase in the spread of COVID-19, they will be closing the schools for cleaning and quarantine.

COVID-19’s Omicron variant has exploded across the country and Warren County is no different.

The schools were scheduled to be closed Monday for Martin Luther King, Jr. Day and will open back up on Wednesday, Jan. 19 at the normal times. Effectively, the district is calling for a five-day quarantine due to “164 positive cases and 374 quarantines and lack of staff.” The quarantine will go into effect Friday.

The quarantine period would call for a “complete district shutdown” for buildings and buses to be deep cleaned. Shealy defined the outbreak as: If three or more in a class of 25 or less OR 15% or more of a larger size group are diagnosed with COVID-19. The board agreed with the definition.

The mask mandate was also extended through Feb. 15.

The Mississippi Department of Health’s website is showing 45,000 new cases in the past week. Porter’s Chapel and the Vicksburg Catholic Schools have closed their doors as Omicron has spread.

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