A NOLA Public Schools nurse receives the COVID-19 vaccine.

The NOLA Public Schools district reported a slight uptick in COVID-19 cases related to staff and students, according to a Monday afternoon update. The district said it is monitoring 24 “active” cases across 14 school campuses and people in quarantine tripled over the prior week to 339. 

Last week the district reported 12 “active” cases of COVID-19 among school staff and students and that 105 people were quarantining. The week prior, the district was tracking 13 active cases and 106 people were quarantining. Prior to last week, cases among New Orleans public school students and staff had been trending lower since reaching a winter peak in January.

Of the 24 cases, 21 were newly reported in the last week. Four are among staff while 20 are among students and several schools have dozens of staff and/or student quarantining. 

At Paul Habans Charter School, the district reported five student cases and 85 people quarantining. There are three student cases at Robert Russa Moton Charter School and 95 people quarantining. 

One student case at Dwight D. Eisenhower Elementary School has led to 47 quarantines and at KIPP Morial, two student cases led to 48 quarantines. 

The uptick comes days after district officials announced more than 3,300 teachers and support received the vaccine through the district partnerships. District officials announced the news as Superintendent Henderson Lewis Jr. received his vaccine at district headquarters.

District spokeswoman Taslin Alfonzo said the district’s schools have approximately 5,000 educators and 3,000 support staff. Of the roughly 8,000, he said 5,050 had expressed interest in getting the vaccine. 

“It’s important to note NOLA-PS is only tracking educators and school staff that have received the vaccine through school-based partnerships,” Alfonzo wrote. “Many more school teachers and staff have received the vaccine through local pharmacies, city and parish managed mass vaccination sites, and other vaccination opportunities.”

Marta Jewson

Marta Jewson covers education in New Orleans for The Lens. She began her reporting career covering charter schools for The Lens and helped found the hyperlocal news site Mid-City Messenger. Jewson returned...