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CUSD votes to continue AM/PM model for spring semester

Students in the Chico Unified School District will remain in the AM/PM in-person model for the remainder of the school year.

Posted: Feb 3, 2021 12:08 AM
Updated: Feb 4, 2021 9:51 AM

UPDATE 9:14 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 3, 2021 - Students in the Chico Unified School District will remain in the AM/PM in-person model for the remainder of the school year.

Protestors gathered Wednesday afternoon before the 4-to-1 vote from the school board.

Some protestors were in-support of the full-time, in-person model. Other parents and teachers though saying the AM/PM model has been working best for them.

A survey done by the Chico Unified Teachers Association shows over 90% of secondary educators preferred staying in the current AM/PM model.

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CHICO, Calif. - Wednesday, the Chico Unified School District will meet to discuss the current model for in-person instruction.

In December, the district voted to open the spring semester in an AM/PM model.

Wednesday, they will reassess this model at the Board of Education meeting.

Action News Now spoke with one grandparent outside of Chico Junior High School and asked if this current model is working for her granddaughter.

“She is a person’s person," answered Annie Weatherbee. "They need eye contact…they need real-life people. This has been so healthy for her I can’t even say.”

She is not the only one thankful to have her child back in school.

RELATED: CHICO UNIFIED SCHOOL BOARD: AM/PM SCHEDULE REMAINS UNTIL END OF SPRING SEMESTER

“I’ve been much better," said Yesenia Rodriguez, a parent. "Especially for the kids, they need the school, they need to be in-person, in the class with their teachers, and they get to see some of their friends. I think it’s better because online, they were having a lot of trouble. They were behind in their classes. It was different.”

These parents agree that in-person instruction has been a huge benefit for students.

“We feed off each other,” said Weatherbee. “We are communal. We are relational creatures. So, we are really happy she could be back in school.”

The board will also be going over expenses following in-person instruction and review the online learning and technology update.

The board meeting will be livestreamed starting tomorrow at 5PM.

If you would like to watch the board meeting live, click here.

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