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El Paso County school districts navigate COVID-19 spike

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COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (KRDO) -- Even as cases spike in El Paso County, districts have different answers when it comes to students in classes.

Hundreds of new COVID-19 cases are being reported in El Paso County daily, and more restrictive state health orders have already affected several businesses, while schools remain a big question.

"Our schools are starting to take on additional cases and exclusions of cohorts and sending kids home," said Deputy Health Director Dr. Leon Kelly.

Academy District 20 dashboard data shows there are 64 COVID-19 cases district-wide.

Under Safer at Home Level 2 guidelines, schools are able to continue in-person instruction, but they're taking it upon themselves to make the necessary adjustments.

D20 currently has a middle and high school transitioning into e-learning temporarily until November 18.

District 11 has also experienced cases among students and spokesperson for the district, Devra Ashby, says its transmission rate is at less than 1%.

"We're doing ok, but should we increase in our numbers we're going to see more schools going remotely than we had anticipated," she said.

She says if they do go remote, it would likely be because they don't have enough staff to keep schools open if they need to quarantine or isolate.

"Educators are stressed, they are overloaded right now." Ashby said.

Despite the added pressure on schools, D11 says its not planning on any changes right now. We're still waiting to hear back from D20.

Alexis Dominguez

Alexis is a reporter for KRDO and Telemundo Surco. Learn more about Alexis here.

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