2 Lamar County schools switch to virtual learning, require masks, amid COVID-19 outbreaks – Hattiesburg American

After only one week of class with no mask mandate in place, two Lamar County School District high schools are going virtual due to COVID-19 outbreaks.

A Friday email message from LCSD to parents said Oak Grove and Purvis high school students will attend classes virtually beginning on Monday. In-person classes will resume on Aug. 16, the email said. All other LCSD campuses will continue face-to-face instruction.

Because of the number of COVID-19 outbreaks and cases across the school system, students and staff at all LCSD schools will be required to wear masks indoors beginning Monday, including on buses and outside when social distancing isn’t possible, the district said.

Oak Grove High school reported 41 students and six staff members tested positive for the coronavirus, according to the district’s COVID-19 info webpage. In total, 100 staff and students are under quarantine.

At Purvis High School, two students and two staff tested positive. In total, 17 staff and students are under quarantine. 

“With this break in face to face instruction, we are hopeful this will stop the spread,” the Oak Grove email said. 

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