More schools report COVID-19 cases

More schools report COVID-19 cases

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. — So far at Fletcher High School, there are 32 COVID-19 cases, and the district says they stem from social gatherings outside of school.

Parents tell Action News Jax that other cases are popping up, also stemming from non-school related activities.

An email was sent to parents at Douglas Anderson School of the Arts this week.

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It reads in part, the “Department of Health is conducting contact tracing involving multiple cases of people with COVID-19 who have been on our school campus.”

Parents off camera tell us they believe those cases came about from activities outside of school.

Outside events, parents say, are now impacting not just Douglas Anderson, but others in the area.

We spoke with a father on Friday who did not want to share his identity for fear of retribution.

He says his child, was exposed at a dance event over the weekend and later tested positive for the virus.

“There was a mix of students in there from middle and high school,” he explains.

We tried to get in contact with the dance company on Friday. As of 5 p.m., we did not get response so we are not naming the dance company.

The concerned father tells us he later learned CDC guidelines were not followed at the event.

He says all of his family members are now under quarantine and others who attended the event are testing positive as well.

We reached out to the school district about the possible new cases. The district confirmed multiple cases at Douglas Anderson, but did not specify the number or whether these cases are impacting other schools.

The district says, “Individuals who may be impacted and who need to quarantine will receive personal communication from the Department of Health.”