CHICO, Calif. - A recent study by the American Academy of Pediatrics shows that 97,000 children over the course of the last two weeks of July in the U.S. tested positive for coronavirus.
That's a 40% increase in cases among children across the country.
Parents wanted their children to be safe and healthy first and foremost, but with school just around the corner.
47 states were ranked in order by how many children aged 0 to 17 contracted coronavirus.
The average is 447 cases per 100,000, and California sits in the middle of the pack just below 500.
Out of three counties in Northern California, Butte, Shasta, and Glenn, Butte had the lowest percentage among children with almost 7%. Glenn County just next door, had the highest with more than 18-percent.
"Until we can put a cap on this," said Chico parent Kristine Bereznak. "I think it's important to take care of the health of our kids."
"Safety first you know, safety first but you gotta give it a shot before you know what's true and what's not," said Chico parent, Tim Tipton.
Some say the risk is too high, and sending children to class is not worth it.
"I wouldn't promote or support them going back to school even though it's so necessary for their mental health and emotional health, but the risks and for the teachers," said Bereznak. "I think it's just too high."
Others think risks are everywhere, and school is no different.
"Is that a little bit of a risk? Is it okay to risk -- everything's a risk," said Tipton. "Me talking to you in the parking lot right now is a risk. You know what I mean?"
John Hopkins data shows that eight percent of Sacramento County's cases are children, and San Francisco County is over ten-percent.
Butte and Glenn counties are both on the state's watchlist which means future instruction will be only online.
Shasta County is not on the watchlist, which means K-12 students can return to the classroom.