Arrott updates board members on COVID; Po-Hi, Garfield most vulnerable sites

January 11, 2022 | Headlines

PONCA CITY — Ponca City Public School Superintendent Shelly Arrott addressed board members about COVID at Monday’s School Board meeting.

Arrott said the district’s risk level is at 71.5 percent, the highest it has been since February of 2020.

“It has been a struggle,” she said.

She said the numbers show the highest number of close contacts and positive isolations recorded since September.

“I will tell you starting at  7 p.m. Sunday night a lot of people were at the clinics and testing is delayed. Our people are waiting hours. It was like a COVID burst after 8 p.m. Sunday night.”

She said the district ended Monday with six positive test isolations at Po-Hi and seven more waiting on test results.

“The high school and Garfield are the most vulnerable sites,” she said. “If we have one more person go to test at Garfield we will not be able to cover. It is not  our goal to go to distance learning district wide. It is spreading fast, coming in fast and I hope it stabilizes fast.”

Arrott presented a chart with both student and staff numbers combined. She said Lincoln Elementary has the highest combined rate with 8.73 percent of people out.

She said the district is in a vulnerable spot with bus drivers and also have many substitute teachers sick.

Today the district announced that tonight’s basketball game against Putnam City Original is postponed and that Spirit Night for Lutheran. McCord and St. Mary’s will be rescheduled. The wrestling match at Cushing is cancelled. The district also reported a bus driver shortage resulting in Bus No. 42 running late.

Parents are encouraged to monitor communications with the school district via, social media, news outlets, or the school app to stay informed on the changing situation.

To view the entire school board meeting click here.

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