Just as the Simmons Blue Devils football team was looking ahead to face Humphreys County in their last game of the season, the bitter impact of COVID-19 emerged.
On Wednesday, Hollandale School District superintendent Mario Willis announced in a statement the district received confirmation of two positive cases of Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) that were self-reported by a student and staff member at Simmons High School.
“To mitigate the transmission, starting October 29, 2020, students and staff in the HSD will be quarantined for 14 days. All students will participate in virtual learning starting tomorrow until November 11, 2020,” the announcement stated.
It further stated the district will take the necessary steps to follow the CDC guidelines when there are positive cases at a workplace.
Willis added, “In addition, our custodial staff will deep clean the buildings before students and staff return. Employees are encouraged to be tested immediately and report results to their immediate supervisor.”
The Blue Devils (2-0) were scheduled to take on former Simmons’ head coach, Timothy Johnson’s Cowboys (2-6) Friday night.