Chico Unified School District rolling out campus return plan

The Chico Unified School district is preparing to roll out a reopening plan if Butte County stays in the Red Tier for two weeks. Action News Now reporter Kristian Lopez shares what the change could mean for the community.

Posted: Oct 2, 2020 11:54 AM

CHICO, Calif. – Chico Unified School District is getting ready to roll out the campus return plan now that Butte County is in the Red Tier. 

Schools could open back up for in-person classes in just a few weeks.

“As scared as I am about the virus, I do think they need to get back and figure out a way to make it work,” said one parent, Leanna Lunsford.

Chico Unified School District officials say if Butte County stays in the Red Tier for two weeks - it can transition to a hybrid model. That means half of the students will be in school in the morning and the other half in the afternoon.

“It also reduces class sizes so we can observe to the extent we can of social distancing,” said assistant superintendent, Jim Hanlon.

RELATED: Butte County moves out of state's most restrictive COVID-19 tier

Parents who do not feel comfortable with sending their children back just yet can choose to continue with online classes.

“We will accommodate all parents that want to remain online and we want to accommodate parents that want to come back to school,” said Hanlon.

“My child is very anxious to return and we are leaning towards letting her return, but we do have some questions,” shared Karin Willhoit.

The safety guidelines that would have to be followed include sanitation, PPE, health screenings, and social distancing.

“I’d really prefer to have her home and not take the risk in that, but I think it's important for her to socialize,” said Leanna Lunsford. “It is a hard balance."

if Butte County falls back into the purple tier - the district will have to make the call to continue with the hybrid model or go back to online only.

We could see schools open back up as early as October 19.

If the coronavirus were to hit a certain school, that campus would likely close for a period of time, according to the district's plan. The school district said parents can go on their child’s school’s website to select which option they would prefer.

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