Kosciusko School Superintendent Billy Ellzey released a statement Thursday afternoon indicating that one class at Kosciusko High School has been quarantined due to an outbreak of COVID-19 infections.
"Following the department of health guidelines for COVID-19 cases in a classroom, we will have one class of students quarantined for 14 days at Kosciusko High School," he said "We have had three positive cases over the past two weeks in the same classroom requiring this action."
Ellzey said the effort was needed to help prevent the spread of infection and urged students to employ good anti-COVID practices even outside the school environment.
"This action is being done to help prevent any spread of the virus," he said. "We ask that students please use social distancing and proper hygiene at all times including evenings and weekends."
The school district also posted a week-by-week log of cases on its website, which it will continue to do on a weekly basis.
At The Star-Herald's request, the district was previously releasing information about reported cases as they were received, including the number and type of cases (student or staff) and the facility from which they were reported. Ellzey last week informed the newspaper that the district would suspend that practice because it could potentially allow identification of individual students, faculty or staff who are COVID-19 positive.
Instead, the superintendent said the district would issue a weekly report of number of cases in the district via the district website.