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Chico Unified board members approve in-person learning plan for the fall

The Chico Unified School Board approved the 2021-2022 reopening plan for schools at its board meeting Wednesday, but it comes with a contingency.

Posted: Apr 21, 2021 10:29 PM
Updated: Apr 21, 2021 10:46 PM

CHICO, Calif. - The Chico Unified School Board voted to adopt the reopening plan for the 2021-2022 school year at Wednesday’s board meeting.

The vote comes with a contingency that if a state mandates require it, the district would return to the a.m./p.m. model.

“A.m/p.m. is a nightmare for my family and I know for a lot of other families. I don’t know how practical it is but I would like to pour gasoline on the a.m./p.m. bridge and light it on fire and say we never go back that way,” board member Matt Tennis said at the meeting.

The full-time in-person model that was adopted would include safety considerations like face masks, social distancing and cleaning.

RELATED: Chico Unified School Board looking into reopening full-time in the fall

Students in all grade levels TK-12 are required to wear a face cover at all times while on Chico Unified School District property. This will be required until the state lifts the requirement.

In the classroom, student desks will be separated three feet from the middle of the chairs and teachers will be six feet away from student and other staff desks.

At the end of the discussion, board members adopted an amendment that the district would research an alternative to the a.m./p.m. model with a specific A day and B day model.

That amendment would have students at school on alternative days if the board adopts this model in the future and only if the state shuts down full-time learning.

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