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CLAYTON, Mo.- Parents from several school districts peacefully protested in Clayton outside of County Executive Sam Page’s office. The parents want a return to in-school learning.

Last week, Page said metrics show school districts can start allowing younger students back to class. He said middle and high school students would have to wait.

Parents from multiple schools, public and private, joined the protest outside of the St. Louis County Executive Office on Central Avenue. Parents were wearing high school gear from Marquette, Eureka, Lindbergh, St. Joseph’s Academy and DeSmet Jesuit High School among others. Students were there as well.

“I’m out here protesting for my right to play football this season and for my friends to go out there and play soccer this season,” DeSmet football player Jack McCook said.

Paul Berry, the Republican nominee for St. Louis County Executive in the November general election was at the protest showing his support for the people there.

“The fact of the matter is Page needs to debate me. The public needs to have the different policies in front of them and this is one we have a huge difference in,” Berry said.

Page said the COVID positivity rate for those ages 15 to 19 is 20%. He said a higher transmission rate is a reason they can not head back to in-person learning yet.

He also said that high positivity rate is behind the decision not to allow high school students to compete in fall athletics.

The group will be demonstrating in front of the St. Louis County Government Center. FOX2Now’s Monica Ryan is live streaming the event. FOX2’s Vic Faust is also there and will bring you more on FOX2News at 5.