Chico Unified School Board votes to reopen schools starting Oct. 19th

Board members from Chico Unified voted to approve in-person instruction beginning on October 19th for its elementary and secondary schools.

Posted: Oct 8, 2020 9:22 AM
Updated: Oct 9, 2020 9:30 PM

CHICO, Calif. - Board members from Chico Unified voted to approve in-person instruction beginning on October 19th for its elementary and secondary schools.

On Wed., Oct. 7, 2020, the board voted 4 to 1 for the decision, it will be official as long as Butte County is in the red tier of reopening.

The board presented a survey to parents at the Wednesday meeting claiming that 85% of them who took it said they were comfortable sending their children back to the classroom. While 14% said they were not on board with the in-person instruction plan.

Prior to the decision, parents were asked if they would return to campus or enroll in Oak Bridge Academy, the district's online independent study program.

Some parents say they did not fill that survey because they say it did not give them a third option for distance learning for their child's original school.

"I’m here to ask you to realize the harm that you are doing in providing two options for the family at this time. Return to in-person school when it’s clearly not safe to do so. And leave their beloved school. Drop all of their classes and start with new classes at a new school," said a parent. 

Because of that concern, the board did vote for a third option to be made for students who do not want to attend Oak Bridge Academy.

The way the third option would work is teachers will teach in person and through zoom for students who chose to remain online.

Another argument that parents made for not going to Oak Bridge Academy was that students there could not take AP classes if they wished to. 

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