TUPELO, Miss. (WTVA) — The leader of Mississippi's public schools revealed a problem with high school athletics and the coronavirus before classes even start.
"We've already had athletes identified with COVID in the state — football players and baseball players. And so what that's meant is a quarantining of the team and all that that entails," said State Superintendent of Education Carey Wright.
Wright told the Tupelo Rotary Club during an online meeting Monday that State Health Officer Doctor Thomas Dobbs is not just concerned about high school sports.
"He's concerned about things like choir, you know, when you're shouting and when you're singing or when you're in a basketball auditorium and you're screaming and, you know, molecules are flying," said Wright.
According to Wright, superintendents across the state will hear from the state health officer Tuesday about those extracurricular activities.
Someone asked her about whether students who return to campus for classes will be wearing masks.
"We're certainly hoping to encourage that in both, all of our middle and high schools. I think elementary is going to depend on the kind of students that you have," added Wright.