Parents have mixed feelings over Gwinnett Schools going completely virtual for next week

Parents have mixed feelings over Gwinnett Schools going completely virtual for next week

GWINNETT COUNTY, Ga. — Coronavirus is continuing to cause problems for metro schools.

The largest school district in the state, Gwinnett County, announced Wednesday that it is going all digital through at least the next week.

Channel 2′s Tony Thomas learned the reasons behind that decision had to do with a high number of cases and staff shortages.

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Parents Thomas spoke with Thursday had mixed reactions to the decision.

About 56% of Gwinnett students are doing in person learning. They’ll join the rest of the classmates at home next week.

Tiffany Cassidy said she and her husband are scrambling to figure out where their five kids will be next week.

“I understand, in a sense, their reasoning, but it’s so difficult for working parents,” Cassidy said. “Each day these kids are going to this grandparents’, these kids are going to these grandparents’.”

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COVID-19 cases are spiking across the state and the district said it’s having a hard time staffing the schools.

The latest numbers from Gwinnett Schools show 624 positive cases between students and staff with 4,871 people either sick or in quarantine.

“I actually really appreciate them going digital for a week. I was really concerned coming back in, said Amy Stanton, who is a mother of three boys. “I support the extra time out. I don’t love it for my kids because they want to be back, but big picture I think it might be a good choice.”

The big question for many families now, is how long with this really be? The district said it will monitor the numbers before deciding about the following week.

Scarlett Patterson’s kids have been home learning since last spring. This was her advice:

“Patience. You’ve got to have patience because it’s not only challenging for us, it’s really challenging for the kids,” Patterson said.

District leaders say they kept students in class Thursday and Friday as a courtesy to parents to let them finalize plans for next week.

Some Gwinnett teachers, staff still deciding if they will take COVID-19 vaccine or not