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Staffing shortage, positive COVID-19 cases temporarily closes Montgomery Elementary School

Montgomery Creek School in Redding is closing until next week due to staff shortages and positive COVID-19 cases.

Posted: Sep 16, 2021 10:23 PM
Updated: Sep 17, 2021 9:10 AM

REDDING, Calif. - Montgomery Elementary school used to be full of students excited and ready to learn until the school had to close this week due to a combination of staff shortages and students, and teachers testing positive for COVID-19.

Shawna Allen has two kids who go to Montgomery Elementary. She says she is grateful the school takes extra precautions to keep her kids safe.

"Our school is trying to keep our staff and our children safe because there aren't a lot of teacher backups; the substitute teacher list is not long. We're lucky to have the teachers that we do have," Allen said.

Meanwhile, some parents say the school closing forces them to take on the role of the teacher as well.

"We depend on an education system to educate our kids, and well now that reasonability falls on the parents, and I think when it comes down to it. I think the parents need to take the extra step to put a little more time and effort into their education," Montgomery Elementary School parent Gilbert Serna said.

In the last 14 days in Shasta County, there have been 100 positive cases from students ages 5-18 and 59 staff who have tested positive, which has other families worried.

"My youngest has heart issues, and I have my medical issues. I don't want to catch it either, and I don't want anybody to catch it means if we just took simple steps to be preventative and mindful of other people's conditions, it wouldn't be so bad," Allen said.

Action News Now spoke to the superintendent, who says rising cases forced the shutdown. The principal at Montgomery says the staff shortage is the real problem and says the school will reopen next week.

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