Chapman Elementary reports 0 COVID-19 cases since beginning of school year

As COVID-19 cases climb at many local schools, one campus in Chico remains infection free.

Posted: Sep 1, 2021 6:21 PM
Updated: Sep 2, 2021 10:44 AM

CHICO, Calif. - Coronavirus cases continue to climb at local schools but one campus is infection-free.

Chapman Elementary School in Chico has not seen any COVID-19 cases since the beginning of the school year.

“I think they're putting safety first,” Chapman Elementary School parent Timarie Bell said.

Bell said she feels safe sending her first-grade son, Cassius to Chapman Elementary, especially with the campus seeing zero COVID-19 cases so far.

“The community has been wonderful, the parents have been wonderful, keeping the kids home when they're sick, reporting to us when they're sick or have a cold, they call us, I think the community has been a big help with our successful reopening,” Chapman Elementary Principal Mike Allen said. “I do believe luck is on our side, we have good protocols from the district and Butte County Public Health, teachers and students are doing great, making sure they're masked up, keeping their distance and if we see kids with symptoms or signs we investigate that as soon as possible.”

While Chapman Elementary has had no COVID-19 cases so far, Pleasant Valley High School has seen the most cases in Chico, with 33 students and two staff members testing positive.

“I don't know, my only guess is that the community case rate is going up which in turn has an impact here on our case rate,” Pleasant Valley Principal Damon Whittaker said.

Whittaker says they're following all the same safety guidelines.

Masks are required indoors at all times and strongly encouraged while outdoors. 

He also says all classrooms are sanitized on a daily basis.

“Information is the big key, letting people know we have high number of COVID-19 cases here at our school and make sure they're taking the precautions to stay safe, sanitizing at home, temperature checks, doing the health assessments and making sure they aren't coming to school symptomatic, those are the things we're looking at now,” Whittaker added.

Since the school year started, there have been 124 COVID-19 cases among students and 23 cases among staff members within the Chico Unified School District.

Click here for the Chico Unified Community Coronavirus Dashboard.

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