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University Preparatory School switches to distance learning after confirmed coronavirus case

Another Shasta County school has been hit with a positive case of the coronavirus.

Posted: Sep 22, 2020 6:41 PM
Updated: Sep 23, 2020 8:53 AM

REDDING, Calif. - Another Shasta County school has been hit with a positive case of the coronavirus.

University Preparatory School, a charter school in Redding, switched back to distance learning on Tuesday, Sept. 22.

On Monday evening, the U-Prep learned it had a confirmed case. The school declined to tell Action News Now if the positive case was a student or school staffer. School leaders say, while they are looking into this positive case, they decided to switch to distance learning to protect the health and safety of both students and staff.

U-Prep says it’s working on identifying close contacts of that confirmed case.

Instead of heading to campus for class, students at U-Prep are exchanging their in-person classroom for a virtual again. Wesley Anderson, a student at U-Prep, says he’s not shocked that a positive case made its way to campus but can’t help be feel let down.

“I was kind of disappointed because I don't really like the distance learning,” said Anderson. “I rather go to school and see all my friends.”

The school also putting sports on hold for the next two weeks. For Anderson, who is also a baseball player, the news hit him hard.

“I’m kind of disappointed about that too because I felt like it was a part of me,” said Anderson. [It’s] like I was taken away from it.”

Some parents tell Action News Now they feel frustrated by the switch but understand why it needs to be done.

“One kid seemed not very much to shut it down but at the same time I can see why they did it,” said Amber Kergarise. “I think that it's a good step for them to take.”

But for Anderson, that means waiting out two weeks of distance learning before heading back to the classroom.

“Sometimes your computer will die or your internet will cutout or the meetings will cut out,” said Anderson. “I don't really like answering questions online, I rather go in person and ask them.”

To help kids with the distance learning for the next few weeks, the school handed out Chromebooks for students.

U Prep students are expected to return to campus on Oct. 5.

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