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Olean mother decides to pull children from school due to pandemic

Posted at 11:25 PM, Mar 13, 2020
and last updated 2020-03-13 23:31:56-04

OLEAN, N.Y. (WKBW) — An Olean mother has chosen to pull her children out of school due to Coronavirus fears.

“I don’t want to end up getting it,” said Stacy Price.

Price says her children, who are all under the age of 10, go to school in Olean. Price says she isn’t waiting for COVID-19 to get to her community.

“It’s hard to explain to five and six year olds,” she said.

Price says she has a weakened immune system, and she’s concerned about others who do as well. She says she’s prepared to teach her children at home.

Across the United States and here in Western New York, we’re seeing the effects of the pandemic. The shelves of several stores are bare.

“We’re all scared during these times,” said Dr. Steven Dubovsky, the Chair of Psychiatry at the Jacobs School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences at UB. “When we feel we don’t know a lot about a particular situation, we feel scared because the less you know the less we can prepare ourselves for the danger that may be.”

For Price, she doesn’t know how long she will keep her kids out of school, but says it is what she needs to do to feel safe.