ANDERSON, Calif. –Two high schools in Anderson are taking a step back from in-person classes and returning to distance learning.
Two students, one at North Valley High School and another at Anderson High School, tested positive for coronavirus. The Anderson Union High School District choose to quarantine because contact tracing on campus is difficult
“We immediately notified all parents that were transitioning to distance learning,” said Victor Hopper, superintendent of the Anderson Union High School District.
On August 21, the school district found out that one of its students at North Valley High School positive for coronavirus, leading the school to switch back to distance learning on Monday.
“Based on when this student last attended school, which was on the 20th, we counted out 14 days for the quarantine,” said Hopper.
“We’re going to require all students to transition to distance learning and quarantine them for 14 days.”
Anderson High School is just up the road from North Valley. On August 25, the school district learned that a student from Anderson High also tested positive for COVID-19.
“That student apparently felt ill on the 19th, went to get tested, and got their results shortly after that,” said Hopper.
But teachers this time around say they are better prepared to handle distance learning because they were able to meet and work with students for several days
“We've kind of been at the forefront of it because we know it can happen any day, so our students were given one to one Chromebooks,” said Jamie Lynn, a teacher at Anderson High School.
“We had the opportunity to have them in class for 10 days which I think was very valuable to us.”
Action News Now spoke to one parent who says while they are concerned about the positive case, they still believe the school district made the right choice to switch back to distance learning.
“My kids love school and to find out something like this happened at our school is very scary, but also sad for the young child,” said Greg Perry a parent.
The school district believes that the two students did not interact with people from other schools in the area.
North Valley High School students are expected to return to campus on September 8, while Anderson High students will return to campus on September 3.