RICHMOND, Va. (WRIC) — Chesterfield County Public Schools announced they have had 18 reported cases of COVID-19 since teachers returned to schools on Aug. 31.
According to its website, CCPS said when their is a case of COVID-19 on a school facility, they will alert all other staff members if there is a case, but will not share the name of the infected individual.
Here are the reported cases:
- Aug. 31 — Transportation
- Sept. 2 — Transportation
- Sept. 4 — Enon Elementary School
- Sept. 5 — Cosby High School
- Sept. 10 — Chalkley Elementary school
- Sept. 14 — Bon Air Elementary School and Robious Elementary School
- Sept. 15 — Clover Hill Elementary School
- Sept. 16 — Beulah Elementary School
- Sept. 17 — James River High School and Crestwood Elementary School
- Sept. 18 – Davis Middle School
- Sept. 21 — Davis Elementary School, James River High School, Central Office and Clover Hill Elementary School.
- Sept. 23 — Swift Creek Middle School
- Sept. 24 — Hopkins Elementary School
Once the first cohort of students return for in-person instruction, CCPS said they will notify all staff and families if there is a positive case in on of the school facilities or on a bus.
CCPS’ School Board voted to first group of students, called Cohort 1, to return to in-person classes on Sept. 29. This group will be made up of K-12 students with disabilities and Special Education Level 2 students.
After the Cohort 1 returns, other students will begin phasing in, starting with younger children first. A learning plan sent out Tuesday separates elementary students, and middle and high school students.
Parents in Chesterfield are frustrated that not all students will have the choice to return to school in-person.
“18 cases or 46 cases, I don’t care,” said Parent of two Chesterfield students Phil Hager. “Send them back.” Hager wants to see kids back in school like normal, he says COVID-19 is not going away.
“I 100% support sending them back, sending them back full-time, sending them back full-time without face coverings and letting them sit right next to each other,” Hager said.
Hager says he respects those who wish to stay home but he wants a choice in the matter. Another parent, Lisa Stone also wants to choose a learning model for her family.
She says the county is doing their best and she is making it work for her two children at home but she does want them to return to school.
“I don’t know if there’s a one-size-fits-all for everybody but for our family we would really like them to have that opportunity, or at least the option,” Stone said.
Stone says her family has been diligent about washing their hands, wearing masks and sanitizing.
“I do believe that there is a place for them to go back into a public setting and be safe,” Stone said.
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