Conway schools close Julia Lee Moore Elementary Friday due to spike in COVID-19 cases


Editor’s Note: This piece originally said people who had been exposed to the COVID-19 virus would have to have a negative test before returning to the school. It has been clarified to outline return policies for students under positive testing or quarantine situations.

CONWAY, Ark. – Julia Lee Moore Elementary School closed Friday due to a dramatic increase in COVID-19 cases, according to officials with Conway Public Schools.

A district spokesperson said the school reported 30 active cases among students and staff.

Heather Kendrick, the CPS communications specialist, said students who tested positive for the virus are required to have a negative test before returning to campus.

Kendrick also noted that students who were quarantined could return on Day 8 of a 10-day quarantine if they provided a negative test.

Parents were told Thursday about the closure, and Kendrick said the district plans to have the school back open Monday. She also noted this plan follows the normal district protocols.

Less than a month ago, the district announced that it was lifting its mask requirements in school buildings, though students and staff still had the option of wearing them.

As of Thursday, there were 1,320 active pediatric COVID-19 cases in Arkansas.

This is a developing story. Please check back for updates.

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