Students attending Sallisaw Middle School and Sallisaw High School will move back to virtual learning on Monday, Dec. 14. Students are scheduled to return to traditional learning after the Christmas Break ends on Jan. 4.
Sallisaw Superintendent Randy Wood announced the changes on Friday due to the large number of positive COVID-19 cases within those two buildings.
All athletes, boys and girls, within the basketball and wrestling programs of the two schools are currently under quarantine. Many have tested positive for the virus. Wood stated that approximately 200 athletes are quarantined at this time. All athletic facilities will also be closed.
Liberty and Eastside will remain traditional for the time. "We will monitor these buildings and make a decision day by day," Wood said.
Buses will run and lunches will be served like normal for both Liberty and Eastside students. Middle School and High School students can pick up lunches at their cafeteria from 11 until noon, Monday through Friday.
Wood stated he didn't have an exact number of positive cases but said, "It's a lot." He went on to add that they are receiving calls almost constantly of those with positive test results.
He pointed out that they have seen the biggest surge in numbers roughly 14 days after the Halloween and Thanksgiving holidays.
All youth league activities will be suspended until Jan. 4.