Students at 42 Charter School have their temperatures checked on the first day of in-person classes since COVID-19 shuttered schools in March of 2020.

The NOLA Public Schools district is tracking six “active” COVID-19 cases among staff and students as of this week, leading to 159 quarantines, according to the district’s weekly case-tracking data posted Monday afternoon. The case count is a slight decrease from last week when the district reported 8 cases that led to 125 quarantines.

The cases and quarantines are confined to just three campuses, which is fairly low for the district’s weekly reports, especially with all campuses in session and open for in-person classes. Many students have spent part of the past several weeks out of school on spring break, which could affect reporting. 

At KIPP Central City Primary, the district is reporting one staff case that led to 54 people quarantining. At Langston Hughes Academy Charter School one staff case and one student case has 32 people quarantining and three student cases at Live Oak Charter School have led 73 people to quarantine.

The new average daily case rate for the city of New Orleans, measured over seven days, has increased slightly over the last two weeks from an average of 10 to 15, according to city data. The percent positivity of COVID-19 tests has remained below one percent since mid-March, it’s currently 0.7 percent.

About 40 percent of the city’s residents have received at least one dose of the COVID-19 vaccine and 28 percent are completely vaccinated — but disparities remain in the who is receiving the vaccines, as The Lens reported Monday. While there have been some improvements, Black New Orleanians are still being vaccinated at a lower rate than their share of the city’s population. 

Roughly 35,000 of the city’s 45,000 public school students are Black, about 79 percent. About 9,600 students are in tenth grade, when students typically turn 16, or older. 

The school district has provided informational fliers to students 16 years and older, who are eligible for vaccination, as well as information about the city’s free ride share program.

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...