ANDERSON Calif. - A surge in COVID-19 Cases forced Anderson Middle School to a soft closing because both teachers and students tested positive.
What used to be a school full of students at Anderson Middle School is now empty; Irineo Valdorinos Espinosa prefers in-person learning.
“It’s pretty sad because I know I will miss my friends, especially in most of my subjects, and we’d usually hang out, and it’s really sad not knowing I won’t get to see my teachers again for about a month," Anderson Middle School student Irineo Valdorinos Espinosa said.
Irineo says that independent learning is challenging, but he says he makes the best out of it if it comes to that.
“It’s a bit more complex, but I will still be able to understand, even though there might be trouble along the way, I will probably be able to make it, though," Valdorinos Espinosa said.
Superintendent Justin Provence says they have precautions in place in case a student gets infected.
“Generally, if there is a student that tests positive in a classroom, that student would have to quarantine and test, students sitting within six feet or usually further would also have to quarantine and are encouraged to test or stay in quarantine for ten days," Provence said.
Meanwhile, Valdorinos Espinosa says he hopes the school won’t have to go back to remote learning.
“Last year, it was tough to make friends; this year is okay but still going to be pretty hard to focus on work and making friends,” Valdorinos Espinosa said.
In-person, classes will resume for all students on Sept. 15, but students will have to wear masks indoors.