More than 900 students and 12 teachers are in quarantine as the second week of school comes to an end in Marion, Arkansas, as the district grapples with an outbreak of Covid-19 cases.
Forty-seven students and eight staff members tested positive for Covid-19 this week alone, causing the jump in students needing to be quarantined. An additional 54 students and five staff members were able to avoid quarantine because they are vaccinated.
The latest Covid numbers are being tracked on the district's online dashboard, which says the district is "committed to being transparent about the impact of the Covid-19 pandemic on our school community."
CNN previously reported that the district has not been able to put a mask requirement in place due to the law signed by Gov. Asa Hutchinson in April. Hutchinson said earlier this week that he wished that had not become a law.
The district, which is just west of Memphis, Tennessee, said that if a mask mandate was in place, the number of students in quarantine would be drastically lower.
"Again, if all students and teachers had been wearing a mask appropriately — then [Thursday's] 9 positive cases would be isolated — but there would be no resulting quarantines for anyone else," the district's website said.