COVID cases at school in Chula Vista cause concern for parents

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CHULA VISTA, Calif. — Two students tested positive for COVID-19 at a South Bay school and it is causing some parents to pull their children out of class due to concerns about the virus spreading.

Hilltop High School sent a message to parents last week announcing the coronavirus cases.

On Tuesday, FOX 5 spoke to parents who received the message saying one of their children had been identified as a close contact to one of the COVID positive individuals.

The message doesn’t say which of their two children came in close contact, which is why they were asking for more clarity from the district in order to make a decision.

“Our kids are healthy,” parent Richard Soria said. “We heard that teenagers and young kids don’t really get affected by the virus, so we are caught in the middle, but we are the type of parents that are better safe than sorry. We will take them out and get some homework for the 10-day quarantine so they don’t miss out on any curriculum.”

The Sweetwater Union High School District has since told them that if their child can show a proof of vaccine or is asymptomatic, then they can be allowed back into the classroom.

Soria also believes if there’s a case on campus, everyone should stay home for 10 days, pointing out that even vaccinated people can still potentially spread the virus.

The news comes as U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention once again updated their latest mask guidance Tuesday, recommending mask-wearing indoors for everyone, regardless of vaccination status, in areas experiencing “high” or “substantial” COVID-19 transmission. San Diego County is among other counties in the state that have a “high transmission rate,” according to the CDC.

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