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In Mississippi, the Corinth School District announced Wednesday that they had their sixth student test positive since first resuming in-person classes on July 27.
“Being one of the first school districts to reopen, the Mississippi State Department of Health and the Centers for Disease Control are in close and frequent contact with us to help ensure that we are creating as safe a learning environment as possible,” the school district said in repeated statements on Facebook.
School districts around the country are exploring a variety of approaches to reopening, including teaching fully online, bringing in students on a staggered schedule, providing a combination of remote and in-person classes and offering totally in-person classes.
Last month, educators with underlying medical conditions voiced their fears to PEOPLE over returning to classrooms.
"I'm scared as hell about going back into the classroom," Terri Crothers, 57, an art instructor in Gallipolis, Ohio, told PEOPLE. "I'm frightened that if I catch the virus, I won't survive or I will be left with debilitating effects."
That fear drove Crothers, who suffers from diabetes, to scramble to get her affairs in order. She joins a growing list of anxious school teachers who are meeting lawyers and estate planners to draw up new wills as they face the prospect of being exposed to the virus.
"I don't want to leave my family with the mess of taking care of whatever I might have left behind," Crothers added.
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