JACKSON, Miss. (WTVA) - The state health officer said some Mississippi private schools’ coronavirus cases were not counted this week.
The Midsouth Association of Independent Schools (MAIS) says the broker in charge of collecting the data failed to submit the data to the state department of health.
Cathy Davis is the headmaster at Oak Hill Academy in West Point.
She said she continues to be transparent about her school’s cases despite the MAIS's failure to submit the data on time.
Keeping parents informed is a top priority, she said.
Davis said Oak Hill Academy is one of the many schools affiliated with the MAIS.
According to State Health Officer Dr. Thomas Dobbs, private schools can report cases to MAIS or the Mississippi State Department of Health (MSDH).
To be safe, Davis said she sends data to both entities every Friday.
“We list all our new cases by grade," she said. "We list any quarantine cases by grade."
Davis added she will also list teachers and staff.
She said one student and one parent have tested positive since classes began. She sent out letters notifying families.
She believes Oak Hill's low amount is due to the school's transparency with parents.
According to the MSDH, administrators are supposed to have information sent in by Monday of each week.