JONESBORO — Nettleton Public Schools announced late Monday afternoon that Fox Meadow School of Creative Media will be closed starting today until Thursday, Oct. 22, due to a lack of educators.
Many teachers at the school have had to be quarantined.
Nettleton Superintendent Karen Curtner said the administration has been watching the numbers closely for some time.
“We knew the numbers were coming up last week as far as teachers being out,” she said.
An additional four educators were added to the quarantine list Monday, forcing the district to announce they were pivoting to virtual learning.
“I wish we had given parents more time (to prepare),” she said.
So far, there are 32 students, 10 educators and three paraprofessionals in quarantine, Curtner said.
“They are mostly just quarantined due to someone else testing positive,” she said.
Fox Meadow School of Creative Media is the second school to close in the area due to the pandemic. All other schools within the Nettleton School District were to remain open.
Douglas MacArthur Junior High, a Jonesboro School District junior high campus, was the first school to shut its doors and pivot to remote learning beginning Sept. 23 until Oct 5. At that time, the district had nine active COVID-19 cases and 152 students quarantined.
Curtner said Fox Meadow isn’t having a large number of positive cases, noting the school currently has just one active positive case.
“One educator did test positive today,” she said, noting the issue is quarantined educators and a lack of substitutes to fill the positions.
The Fox Meadow School of Creative Media school office will remain open, and Curtner said support services will still be available to students. Lunches will also continue to be served, and parents can pick those up at Nettleton Student Support Services at 2305 Promise Lane in Jonesboro beginning today from 12-1:30 p.m.