News of teacher testing positive for coronavirus concerning news to parents

— Parents of students at Fuquay-Varina Elementary School are expressing concern after it was announced on Saturday that a teacher tested positive for coronavirus.

Parents are, of course, uneasy. They want more information, but they are glad that their children will not be returning to school anytime soon.

Cleaning crews were busy at FuquayVarina Elementary School after a teacher there tested positive for the coronavirus. Shortly after that positive test, the Wake County Public School System announced all schools would be closed starting Monday for at least the next two weeks.

Cleaning at Fuquay-Varina Elementary School

“I kinda didn’t like that it took a teacher there having this to close it. I wish they would’ve closed sooner,” said Sandra Banuelos, who has two children at the school.

“It’s kinda scary,” said Shanoria Lord, who also has two children who attend the school. “Me and my husband were just in the school Friday for a conference for a little over an hour. So you just start thinking about all of the possibilities.

“I wanna know which teacher has it. And I also want to know who that teacher came in contact with that day. Maybe that week.”

Sandra Banuelos, left, and Shanoria Lord

Danielle Lynch doesn’t have a student who goes to Fuquay-Varina Elementary but expressed the same concern about why it took so long to suspend classes.

“Wake county tends to always … tends to be the last county to close schools,” Lynch said. “They are always the ones that wait the longest. Whether it’s the weather, whatever the issue, they’re always typically the last to close.”

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Iyanna Banuelos, like so many children, are being to wash their hands at all times, among other steps to keep themselves safe and germ free.

“To watch our hands and to not touch anybody and to not touch anything you know other people touched,” she said.

Cleaning at Fuquay-Varina Elementary School

A Wake County Public Information Officer said the teacher’s symptoms started March 10. She also said the teacher was exhibiting symptoms while at school, though she could not say for how long. She said parents who have students in that class have been notified that their kids may be at risk.

School system officials say state and federal laws prohibit them from sharing more information about the teacher.

Published at Sun, 15 Mar 2020 03:18:14 +0000