CHICO, Calif. - Parents are now trying to come up with a plan after Butte County landed on the watch list.
“I’m really sad for my kids," said Sheryl Hubbard. "I mean, they are really healthy and happy at home but that interaction at school is huge in their life and it’s a big part of their daily being and I am feeling sad that they won’t and won’t get to have that first interaction with their teacher.”
“I am grateful for the decision being a parent and an employee, I think safety should be number one priority,” said Ashley Lacroix manager for Chico Unified School District.
Chico Unified Superintendent Kelly Staley told Action News Now they’re going online only for the fall.
Parents are now trying to plan how they are going to adjust with just three weeks until classes begin.
“For me personally, the technology is a little bit difficult," said Hubbard. "I’ve had a lot of problems with the technology. I think there is too much togetherness. I think my kids need other influences and I think it is very frustrating and they don’t want to listen to me tell them how to do math wrong.”
“I think we’ve just accepted it," said Omdi Mejia. "I think it’s not going to be perfect but that is where we are at. I really want to follow the rules that are set before us.”
While parents are mainly concerned about providing their kids the best education, all Sarah Mejia can think about is not being able to be with her friends.
“It’s kinda sad that I am not going to be able to see my friends so much,” shared Sarah.
Parents say they hope Butte County gets off the watch list quickly so their kids can return to the classroom.
If for some reason Butte County is removed from the watch list before school starts, Staley told Action News Now that parents will still have the option of online learning through Oak Bridge Academy or in-person classes.