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Parents are reacting after schools in Moapa Valley showed COVID-19 cases.

LAS VEGAS (FOX5) -- The Clark County School District informed parents and employees that schools in Moapa Valley presented "COVID-19 cases or symptoms."

According to a notice, COVID-19 symptoms or positive cases were announced at Moapa Valley High School, W. Mack Lyon Middle School and Grant Bowler Elementary School.

At Moapa Valley High School, principal Hal Mortensen confirmed that a person on campus tested positive for the virus. In a letter to parents and staff, Mr. Mortensen said the identity of the infected person can not be released, but the school district is working with the Southern Nevada Health District to preform contract tracing. 

W. Mack Lyon Middle School released a similar notice to families, but confirmed that people on campus experienced symptoms of COVID-19. The school's principal, Kenneth Paul added that the individuals showing symptoms were recently in close contact to someone who tested positive.  A number of people have been asked to self quarantine. 

Grant Bowler Elementary principal, Shawna Jessen confirmed that people on campus showed symptoms of COVID-19 after being in contact with someone who tested positive. The school will begin a full-time distance education model beginning Oct. 16. Families will be contacted once the school's hybrid model can safely resume. 

"You’re concerned about the student that got infected and obviously you’re concerned about your own children who are at the same school," said mother Teresa Holzer. 

Holzer said she was relieved to find out both of her daughters at Moapa Valley High School were not exposed to the positive student. 

"The student apparently had no symptoms, was going in for medical treatment and was tested," she said. 

On top of being a mom and an attorney, Holzer is Vice Chairwoman of the Moapa Valley Community Education Advisory Board," said Holzer. 

She pushed the district to let rural schools use a hybrid learning model. 

"Part of us going back was having this contingency plan in case somebody got infected. So we contained it, our principal took immediate action," said Holzer. 

The Southern Nevada Health District are also contract tracing anyone who may have been exposed.

"Measures went into place right away so that was very impressive and helped build our confidence," said Holzer. 

She said Lyon Middle School and Bowler Elementary School took similar action because the student who got sick has younger siblings. 

Now bowler is going fully remote for the next two weeks. 

"They do not have enough teachers that could continue and let the school continue," said Holzer. 

FOX5 asked Holzer if she thinks inner-city schools will be able to have the same quick response if a student or teacher gets sick.

"It is a concern but I think it has to be balanced with the importance of the mental health and the emotional well-being of the children because they’re really suffering." 

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