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County watchlist schools will go online, Butte County parents react if the county goes online

Butte County is not on the state's coronavirus watchlist, but with cases surging dramatically, some fear it's inevitable, and Chico Unified students may not return to the classroom next month after all.

Posted: Jul 17, 2020 11:27 PM

CHICO, Calif. - Governor Newsom announced the majority of schools in California will not be allowed to return to the classroom when the new school year gets underway.

School districts in Glenn county no longer have a decision to make about returning to the classroom. They must begin the school year online.

Butte County is not on the state's coronavirus watchlist, but with cases surging dramatically, some fear it's inevitable, and Chico Unified students may not return to the classroom next month after all.

"This is her first year and she's not going to get any of the help, that she is going to need," said Joane Wortham

Butte County parents are fearful online classes will not bring the same quality education for their children.

"Extremely frustrated because kids need to be a part of socializing there and getting the teachers to help," said Wortham. "When you're online, parents have to work, they don't get the help, they don't get the attention, it's a really difficult situation."

"I'd like to take a roll call decision on this. Griffin I - the final vote is 4 to 1. But the motion passes."

On Wednesday, the Chico Unified School District approved a reopening that would bring children back to the classroom while still following state guidelines.

That is still the plan.

But that will change if Butte County is placed on the watchlist, and with well over 300 cases in the past month, health officials expect the county will end up on the restrictive list soon.

If that does happen, some parents are just fine with the governor's new order.

"No matter what happens, they're not going to be able to protect children as they should," said Linda Hunsinger. "Even if they do as much as the CDC requires, and I just feel safer if they just stay home until all of this is over with."

For now, the Chico Unified School District will proceed with its plans to bring students back to the classroom, like here at Shasta elementary school, with protective guidelines, on the first day of school, August 17th.

Counties can reopen schools if the county has been off the state monitoring list for 14 days.

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