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Parents concerned as Chesterfield Schools report 30 coronavirus cases over last week

Posted at 11:52 PM, Nov 17, 2020
and last updated 2020-11-18 06:47:29-05

CHESTERFIELD COUNTY, Va. -- Coronavirus cases are on the rise in Chesterfield County.

The county has over 8,000 cases, according to the Virginia Department of Health(VDH). The numbers now have parents concerned over students being back in school.

"I think that we’re putting a lot of stress on a lot of people that we don’t necessarily need to be doing," parent Taylor Reese said. "So for the school to all of a sudden switch gears and say that it’s okay, I just couldn’t wrap my head around that.”

All students in Chesterfield Public Schools have the option to return to in-person learning.

They returned in phases.

The last group -- middle and high school students -- started in-person learning earlier this month.

According to the school system’s website, there have been over 100 positive cases of the coronavirus in Chesterfield Public Schools since teachers returned in August.

County school officials said there are only two cases of community spread that have been determined and the other cases originated outside of the school.

According to the school systems website, 30 cases were reported in just the last week.

Reese believes there could be more.

“Like what’s the impact of that on our community, because that’s not telling us the quarantine numbers," Reese said.

According to VDH, Chesterfield is averaging 70 new COVID-19 cases each week.

Tuesday the Chesterfield School Board sent a letter to parents stating that they are watching health data daily and if the schools reach a seven-day moving average of 25 new cases per 100-thousand residents, they will reverse back to virtual learning only with exception of level 2 special education students.

Meanwhile, Reese said both of his daughters are still in virtual learning because he believes the school board acted too quickly.

"They pushed too fast and now we might have to reverse, and I think it’s really unfortunate for a lot of kids who really need to be in a face-to-face instruction environment," Reese said.