Shasta County staff and students in modified quarantine

Coronavirus cases are climbing in Shasta County schools, just weeks after the start of classes. Some schools are struggling to stay open.

Posted: Aug 30, 2021 7:45 PM
Updated: Aug 31, 2021 8:28 AM

REDDING, Calif. - Coronavirus cases are climbing in Shasta County schools, just weeks after the start of classes. Some schools are struggling to stay open.

When unvaccinated teachers or staff are exposed, they have to go into quarantine for 10 days, which impacting staffing

From teachers to bus drivers, to cafeteria workers, the Shasta County Office of Education said it has a substitute shortage.

“In a typical year we would have substitutes who would step in and help,” said Superintendent Judy Flores with the Shasta County Office of Education.

“But as I talk with administrators around the county, they're just not finding anyone who is able to sub.”

From Aug. 18 to 24, the Shasta County Office of Education said 34 schools had at least one positive case, 70 students and 38 staff tested positive, and nine different schools reported four or more cases. These numbers are from K – 12 schools.

The Office of Education said vaccinated staff who are exposed to COVID-19 can stay at work, as long as they are masked.

Jessica Martensen tells Action News Now She's not too worried about the rise in cases.

Her daughter, Trinity Muller, is in fourth grade. One of her favorite subjects is reading. Martensen said distance learning took the joy out of that for her daughter.

“Last year the school that was in, went into complete shutdown,” said Martensen. “The kids were at home and they were really bored with the work they were given. Then other kids in their classes started to fall behind.”

Martensen searched for a school that can stay open if there was a surge.

“We moved them to the current school now, which is in Millville,” said Martensen. “They love it. They are very hands-on. They seemed prepared and they seem like have everything put together as far as handling covid and dealing with the students.”

In Shasta County, there are 25 school districts and 16 charter schools.

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