CUSD Board sticks to AM/PM model, some parents feel they were not heard

Several parents went in-person and over the phone to advocate for students to fully return to the classroom. CDC guidelines allow for 3-feet distance, but the board made no changes to the school year.

Posted: Apr 8, 2021 12:01 AM

CHICO, Calif. - The Chico Unified School Board decided to stay with the current AM PM model for the rest of the school year for all schools.

Parents are upset that change wasn't made here Wednesday night, they feel the school board did not take into consideration what their children are feeling.

"We'll move onto the next agenda item," said Board President Eileen Robinson, ending the possibility of having in-person classes for the rest of the spring semester.

"Unbelievable!" "Ridiculous, you people suck!" "We're in the orange tier!" responded upset parents as they stood up and left the meeting abruptly.

"Why not make a decision tonight?" asked Action News Now.

"It goes back to the February decision that we made to keep AM PM with few modifications through the end of the school year," responded Robinson.

And no two board members motioned to alter the February decision.

"I encourage every parent to continue to speak up no matter what their point of view is," she said.

But some parents that did speak up, feel they weren't heard at the meeting Wednesday night.

"They basically didn't entertain a vote," said Chico Unified parent, Jordan Colby. "If they thought there was something valid to be discussed, they would've actually made a vote on it."

"Plenty out there across the county, state, country and the world are back [in-person],"said Matthew Thomason. "All the recommendations we want them to follow saying it's totally fine to come back to school now"

"What I'm feeling right now is frustration," he said.

Right now, students are in the AM PM model with masks on campus for two hours a day.

In class, students are spaced six feet apart, but bringing them back fully in-person would mean cutting that in half.

Some parents wanted that change, and some parents are happy they'll stay in the AM PM model for the rest of the semester.

"It's april, why in the middle of the semester you send kids back," questioned mother of three, Van Lu. "You can't wait until the fall? Aren't there only seven weeks left? It doesn't make any sense!"

Some students spoke at the meeting, but they weren't concerned about the schedule change. They were more concerened about the mental health of their classmates and wanted to raise awareness of suicide.

The school board will meet again on April 21st to decide whether to go fully in-person for the fall semester or continue with the AM PM model.

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