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Chico schools discuss students returning next school year

Chico Unified School District held a special board meeting today discussing options students might have next school year

Posted: Jul 8, 2020 11:43 PM

CHICO, Calif. -- As President Trump demands that school children return to the classroom this fall, Gov. Gavin Newsom says local school districts will be given flexibility on how students will return to school.

Chico Unified School District held a special board meeting today discussing options students will have in returning next school year.

The district is preparing for a wide number of outcomes during the coronavirus pandemic.

CUSD is offering three learning models, traditional, online, and blended learning. All with, and without, mandated social distancing scnearios.

"We're going have to be creative and flexible, but I think the more communication there is between the stakeholders, the more we can do right by kids," said Abe Simmons, a health teacher at Chico High School.

Simmons hopes these plans are enough for students from all walks of life to succeed.

"We must take all steps possible to ensure that the most vulnerable students are taken care of. Sudents with dissabilites, homeless students, english language learners... we need to create as many resources as possible so all students can thrive," said Simmons

The board reviewed options include staggering student schedules, limiting class size, and compiling a reserve of personal protective equipment.

It also revolves around four guidelines. Sanitation, PPE, health screenings, with social distancing being the final, and possibly most difficult, challenge.

Simmons said, "They're young and they like to have fun and they like to give each other high fives and hugs and that's always been the norm and I've always encouraged that behavior and now I'm going to have to recalibrate how I encourage interaction."

He added, "...it will be difficult. It's something that I think we as teachers are going to have continually talk about with our students about creating a distance so we can stay healthy."

To view Chico Unified School District's student return options, click HERE

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