Durham Unified School District going back to full-time in-person classes

In less than two weeks, full-time in-person classes for the Durham Unified School District will resume, for the first time in almost a year.

Posted: Feb 19, 2021 6:28 PM
Updated: Feb 19, 2021 8:44 PM

DURHAM, Calif. - In less than two weeks, full-time in-person classes for the Durham Unified School District will resume, for the first time in almost a year.

Durham Unified School District has been using the Hybrid A and B System to limit the number of students one class can have at one time.

However, starting March 1st students will be roaming the halls Monday through Friday. 

"That gave us enough time to order the protective devices, to make sure we have the right filters on all the buildings, and all the sanitation stations and masks, so that we could begin with the A track and B track coming together on March 1st. Monday through Friday," High School Principal Robbin Pedrett said.

Pedrett said all the desks are measured either six feet from each other or four feet. Any of the desks that are six feet distanced do not need the shields, but if they are anything less than that they all have protective shields. 

"At no time can student's seats be closer than four feet and if they are under six feet you should provide shields and enhance air circulation in the classroom," Superintendent John Bohannon said. "So we are ensuring that all of our H.V.A.C. systems have the MERV13 filters and then we are going to crank up the fresh air, so it cranks up fresh air the whole time school is open. Right now it does it every hour, we are going to do it the whole time. We are holding off until March 1st because it is going to get colder in the classroom if we are cranking air that much."

"I am ready to have the students back, we have had a hybrid model until this point, where we have been able to have a measure of in-person connection. But having the students back with proper safety measures in place is exciting for us," English Teacher Nick Wilson said. 

For parents not ready to send their children back, they can continue distance learning. 

Students will be in class for full days Monday through Thursday, and Friday they will be out at 11:30 a.m. However, Bohannon said that's how it was before the pandemic. 

Bohannon added all teachers and staff had the option of getting the COVID-19 vaccine and most got it. 

As far as extracurricular activities, the district will be following the state guidelines. 

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