REDDING, Calif. - Rising COVID-19 cases on Shasta County campuses are overwhelming schools trying to stick to safety protocols.
The Shasta County Office of Education said it is seeing an increased transmission rate among kids.
“This is clearly a different covid reality than where we were last year at this time,” said Mike Freeman, the Assistant Superintendent for the Shasta County Office of Education.
Now the virus’ impact on staffing could affect if schools stay open.
“Staffing demands is a huge concern among schools,” said Freeman. “In fact, I would even put many schools on the brink of program closures because of staffing.”
Some people in the community are worried that students could go back to distance learning.
“I definitely think it's going to happen if people keep refusing these vaccinations,” said Julie Crabiell of Redding.
Crabiell’s grandkids are high school students in Chico. She worries about them returning to distance learning.
“They do not like being on virtual,” said Crabiell.
“My one grandson is going to be a senior and he has AP classes. In AP Chemistry, he was barely getting it because he couldn't talk to the teacher.”
Crabiell also has friends who work in the school. She said they’re scared about the surge.
“They would start school and they would get their classroom up and running,” said Crabiell. “It had to be taken down and they started to go back to virtual.”
The Office of Education said modify quarantine is starting to become less of an option for schools because of the number of close contacts and the lack of testing resources.
Earlier this week, Anderson Middle School closed because of staffing shortages. Castle Rock School Also announced it would be closed because of COVID-19 cases till Sept. 7.