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Debate over reopening schools amid coronavirus pandemic continues

The new school year is right around the corner but it’s still not clear what it will look like. Parents have mixed reactions when it comes to sending kids back to school during the pandemic.

Posted: Jul 13, 2020 7:46 PM
Updated: Jul 14, 2020 9:25 AM

CHICO, Calif. - The new school year is right around the corner but it’s still not clear what it will look like.

Parents have mixed reactions when it comes to reopening schools this fall. Some say it's time for kids to go back to the classroom but others are worried about the potential impacts.

As many counties face new restrictions this week, Chico Unified Superintendent Kelly Staley says she’s still not sure how this will impact plans for the new school year.

She says, recently they have been asking for parents input through online surveys. Some people in Chico say it's still not time to send kids back but others are all for it.

"Absolutely it is time, our kids need to get back into school and get their education, so I’m for opening our schools in our county," said Karen Davis, from Chico. 

On the other hand, Debra Evans, from Chico says she is against schools reopening. “Adamantly against, I know President Trump seems to think kids aren’t getting it as badly as adults which is partially true but they can still be carriers so that would be exposing our teachers.”

"I don’t think anyone knows the exact right answer we do know kids have to get back to school and probably learn better in the classroom, on the other hand, we have to acknowledge the risk of spreading infection," said local doctor, Dr. Roy Shannon, who is the head of infection control at Oroville Hospital. 

He says although kids might not become too sick if they are infected they could spread the disease to teachers, parents, or grandparents. Dr. Shannon said if schools do reopen they need to take all safety precautions seriously and follow social distancing, require masks and sanitize everything from classrooms to playground equipment.

Plans for the new school year are still up in the air but this week there will be a virtual Chico Unified Board meeting on Wednesday where they will discuss the different options for the next school year. Click Here to find out how you can watch the meeting live.

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