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 11 “active” COVID-19 cases among staff and students as of this week, leading to 169 quarantines, according to the district’s weekly case-tracking data posted Monday afternoon. The case count is a slight drop from last week when the district reported 14 cases and 272 people in quarantine.

Of the 11 cases, eight are among students and three are in staff. Six of the cases were newly reported in the last week. The cases are spread across 10 school campuses. That includes KIPP Believe, where two cases has led to 93 people quarantining, more than half of the district’s total quarantines.

The city’s case data showed a slight uptick in the last week — from an average of 15 new cases per day to 17. The average percent test positivity ticked up from 0.7 percent to 0.8 percent. But overall, city officials remain optimistic as vaccines continue. 

Though they have slowed a bit throughout the state, now nearly 43 percent of the city’s residents have received at least one COVID-19 vaccination and almost 36 percent are fully vaccinated. The city exceeds the state’s vaccination rates

Meanwhile, the district continues to work to connect interested high school students to the vaccine via mobile clinics.

On Friday, district officials said more than 25 students at Warren Easton Charter High School received the Pfizer vaccine at the Canal Street school. DePaul Community Health Centers brought a mobile vaccination clinic to the school to distribute the shots. 

At an Orleans Parish School Board meeting last week, district Chief School Support and Improvement Officer Dina Hasiotis said the city’s charter schools can now offer COVID-19 testing for interested students and staff and in some cases family members. She also said the district is working with the Louisiana Department of Health to try to secure similar resources in the fall.

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...