New COVID-19 cases confirmed at 4 schools in Person County

COVID-19 and schools

ROXBORO, N.C. (WNCN) — Educators confirm there are new COVID-19 cases at four schools in Person County.

School superintendent Rodney Petersen says two students from one family tested positive — adding that one child attends Northern Middle School and the other studies at Person High School.

Petersen also says a staff member tested positive at Helena Elementary School — and there’s another confirmed case at Early Intervention Pre-school.

CBS 17 spoke with a parent with children enrolled at Northern Middle School.

She opted to keep her children in virtual-classes only.

But she’s worried the district could eventually require students to return to in-person classes.

“I told my daughter’s teacher I’m choosing health when it comes down to it. I mean she might have a bad year but she’ll be here…and she won’t be in the hospital,” said mom Heidi Griffin, who has a child at Northern Middle School.

The superintendent says the district is following protocols established by the North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services and Person County’s health department.

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