Antelope Elementary School District back to distance learning this week

One Red Bluff school district is back to distance learning this week because of COVID-19.

Posted: Nov 12, 2020 6:25 PM
Updated: Nov 13, 2020 12:08 PM

RED BLUFF, Calif. - The Antelope Elementary School District planned to start in-person classes again on Monday, but while walking through one campus, no student was in sight.

That is because the district will remain with distance learning for the rest of the week.

On Nov. 8, the Antelope Elementary School District put out a statement saying they will transition to distance learning for the start of the week because of the potential exposure some students and staff had to COVID-19.

As of Thursday, it is still not open. Action News Now asked the superintendent, Jim Weber, why the district is still closed.

"We saw an increase in positivity," he said. "We hadn't had much over the first 40 or 50 days...we have been open since August 19. And so, through the contact tracing, we have determined that our impact was such we had to close the three sites to get an idea of any other potential impact."

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But with the increase of positivity within the district, Weber is confident in their ability to bounce back.

"We've had a very successful first few months of being open throughout the district, so we feel we have pretty good procedures and policies in place to keep our students and our staff safe," Weber said. "We do hope to open after we've received a little bit more information throughout this week. So far, the information has been good."

He also addressed some potential concerns parents might have about sending their children back to school.

"Our local public health has indicated over and over again that we are really not seeing transmission from social gatherings at the school sites," Weber said. "We are seeing transmission from social gatherings and community events and that schools have much more success at keeping students safe. So in general, I would say that we feel confident that the schools are safe. We just don't want those students that might be at risk or risks of spread and have that happen on our campus."

The superintendent hopes to have schools back open on Nov. 16.

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