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As in-person learning continues, Mistletoe School works to prevent spread of coronavirus

Even as cases climb, kids are still taking part in in-person learning at many elementary schools in Shasta County.

Posted: Oct 12, 2020 5:18 PM

REDDING, Calif. – Even as cases climb, kids are still taking part in in-person learning at many elementary schools in Shasta County.

Amber Good, a fourth-grade teacher at Mistletoe School, described having her students back in the classroom as “the second first day of school”.

“Watching how they come alive in class, it almost feels that school is a reward now,” said Good.

Kids sitting at their desks, surrounded by their classmates. Finally getting that in-person learning they've been craving for. But there are still some hurdles that teachers are still trying to overcome.

“The difficult transitions are making sure the masks are always on and available and making sure that hands are always clean,” said Good. “

It's about an extra 20 to 30 minutes out of the day.”

But the extra steps are worth it.

“They've done the staying at home and trying to learn from home,” said Good. “Nine-years-old trying to learn as college students would.”

One parent tells Action News Now it wasn’t easy sending her kids back to campus.

“It was tough to send them back or not,” said Ashlee Armstrong. “I think their emotional well-being is what I was worried about. But I think they're much happier with the other kids at school.”

But even as coronavirus cases keep climbing, Mistletoe School says it's being proactive to make sure that its students stay healthy.

“We've had our maintenance and operations department make sure we're using the proper chemicals,” said Clint Johnson, the principal of Mistletoe School.

“We're being smart, we're being proactive. We’re working very hard to keep our kids in their cohorts.”

Schools within in the Enterprise Elementary School District started in-person learning back in September. But the school district is still offering distance learning for families not yet comfortable.

The Redding School District also started in-person learning last week.

Even though Shasta County is in the red-tier, Public Health says school closures are not tied to the tier-system.

California Coronavirus Cases

Data is updated nightly.

Cases: 3213222

Reported Deaths: 37543
CountyCasesDeaths
Los Angeles107967215314
San Bernardino2660281678
Riverside2643632857
Orange2377082704
San Diego2286322375
Santa Clara985831264
Kern90564591
Fresno858081067
Sacramento841101185
Alameda70823896
Ventura66402525
San Joaquin59665835
Contra Costa55245489
Stanislaus49065796
Tulare43574542
Monterey37527259
San Mateo34294340
San Francisco30559293
Santa Barbara27149267
Solano27041115
Imperial25707510
Merced25575331
Sonoma25141251
Kings20138161
Placer17839188
San Luis Obispo16957158
Madera14000151
Santa Cruz13009135
Marin12024165
Yolo11210138
Shasta10054129
Butte9820136
El Dorado818462
Sutter806983
Napa800548
Lassen526916
San Benito522351
Yuba517630
Tehama446846
Tuolumne347740
Nevada335574
Mendocino329336
Amador306733
Lake272432
Humboldt262427
Glenn202622
Colusa18719
Calaveras170423
Siskiyou149913
Mono11454
Inyo105129
Del Norte8742
Plumas6135
Modoc3903
Mariposa3555
Trinity3065
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