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Orland school prepares for in-person classes

Some elementary schools in Orland are getting ready to welcome students back for in-person learning despite Glenn County still being in the strictest coronavirus tier.

Posted: Oct 12, 2020 7:28 PM
Updated: Oct 13, 2020 9:06 AM

ORLAND, Calif. - If all goes as planned, Mill Street Elementary could reopen in just two weeks and will be the first one in the Orland Unified School district to do so. 

Glenn County is currently in the purple tier but school officials applied for in-person waivers for the elementary schools.

The state approved those waivers a few days ago.

Orland Superintendent Dwayne Newman says they’ll split the students into two groups.

Group A would go to school Monday and Tuesday, Group B would go to class on Thursday and Friday.

Wednesday would be online only.

The decision got a split reaction from the community.

"I don' think they should. We're in the purple, we're in the worst tier, and they're doing this. It doesn't make sense. It really doesn't make sense to me," said Orland grandparent, William Tanner.

Parent, Jessica Medina-Sanchez, says "I'm excited i think this is great for their mental health and socialization, I don't mind masks, I don't mind sanitation. I understand they don't make the rules they just have to do what they have to do."

In-person classes would start around 12:30 p.m. and last for two hours.

After transitional kindergarten through 2nd grade students have been in school for two weeks, grades 3 through 6 can return at Fairview Elementary and C.K. Price School. 

Intermediate and high school students can’t return to campus until Glenn County moves to the red tier.

The school district is working to match up teachers who don’t feel comfortable returning with students who feel the same.

Children will get their temperature checked and get screened for any symptoms before entering school. 

Each class will only have about 12 students.

20% of Orland parents say they don’t feel comfortable sending their children back to campus.

School officials are hoping to reopen Mill Street Elementary on or around October 26th.

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