How Wake County Schools is taking action amid coronavirus concerns

WAKE COUNTY, N.C. (WTVD) -- The Wake County School Board voted Tuesday to give Superintendent Cathy Moore special power to tackle COVID-19.

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This allows her to address "potential risks" associated with the coronavirus more quickly without having to call for emergency board approval.

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Several Wake County Schools are taking precautions after parents tested positive for the novel coronavirus this week.

A parent whose child attends Thales Academy Raleigh tested positive for the virus that causes COVID-19, the school announced Tuesday.

Another school, Trinity Academy of Raleigh, announced it would be closed Tuesday after a parent tested positive for the coronavirus.

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Moore mentioned attendance policy as something this could affect. She still has to keep the board informed of any actions too.

"I appreciate that these are extraordinary measures by normal standards but I'm confident that the health department guidelines we are following are in our best interests," she said.

Parents addressed the school board Tuesday night over coronavirus concern.

Some of the recommendations parents had included:
  • Considering an excused absence if a parent wants to keep a child home

  • Move spring break up

  • Get e-learning process ready as quickly as possible

  • Wake County announced the cancellation of field trips Tuesday. The district is working with vendors to get refunds on those trips, the superintendent said.

    "Within three weeks, I think they'll be forced to probably take more drastic measures," said parent Robert Stryker. "I think a lot of work places will end up closing just based on the spread it's bound to him."

    Cumberland County Schools announced Tuesday all out-of-state field trips and travel by students and staff are canceled. All out-of-district field trips are canceled as well.
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