Stewart Street Elementary teachers express anxiety after COVID-19 case forces quarantines

Posted at 5:29 PM, Sep 25, 2020
and last updated 2020-09-25 17:29:42-04

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (WTXL) — In Gadsden County, Superintendent Roger P. Milton and other administrators are stepping into service at Stewart Street Elementary School after the school's entire administrative staff has quarantined due to exposure to COVID-19.

A clerical staff member tested positive Thursday.

That person and six others who shared close contact will be out of the office at least through October 1.

Teachers at the school say having the coronavirus hit so close to home is causing overwhelming anxiety, and that they want to see the school board take a safer approach.

"We just feel that virtual learning with this exposure would be best," one teacher said.

"We can teach from home," said a teacher. "We're not saying that we don't want to educate the students because we love teaching, let's just do something safer at this point."

The district has not announced any additional plans to move to virtual learning at this time.

So far, only one student at the school as tested positive.