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Students in Orland to return to full in-person classes

Students who attend Orland Unified School District will soon return to full-time in-person learning.

Posted: Mar 19, 2021 6:42 PM

ORLAND, Calif. - Students who attend Orland Unified School District will soon return to full-time in-person learning, school officials confirmed with Action News Now on Friday. 

"I'm really grateful they are going to be able to return to school full-time," said Mill Street Elementary School parent, Jessica Medina-Sanchez.

Medina-Sanchez has three kids who attend the school, and she says she's eager for them to get back on track with their school work.

"As much as we do work with our kids at home and as hard as these teachers have been working, there is a significant difference I've noticed in my children's performance and what they are able to obtain which such minimal amount of in-person," said Medina-Sanchez.

Superintendent for Orland Unified school district, Dwayne Newman says their goal is to give their students a sense of normalcy while keeping them as safe as possible.

"We know kids learn better when they're in a classroom with their teachers, when they have caring adults around them and the impacts of distance learning have not just been academic but also wearing on them emotionally so it’s important to get them back to some sort of normal routine," said Newman.

He says classrooms will have to be rearranged and there will be some changes in schedules and school programs to allow for social distancing.

Newman says they expect about 85% of their students to return to campus full-time on April 12th, the week after Spring break.

All five schools in the district will reopen fully on that Monday.

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