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Orland Unified School District postpones first day of school

The Orland Unified School District has decided to push back the first day of classes this school year to give parents and students more time to prepare for distance learning.

Posted: Aug 7, 2020 4:16 PM
Updated: Aug 7, 2020 4:32 PM

GLENN COUNTY, Calif. - One local school district has decided to push back the first day of classes this school year.

The Orland Unified School District says it wanted to give parents and students more time to prepare for distance learning.

School was originally supposed to start this Monday, Aug. 10, but the school district pushed it to the end of August. Glenn County is currently on the watchlist and in-person classes are not allowed, which means everything will be online.

School officials say they postponed the first day because they wanted to help parents prepare to take an even more active role in educating their children.

One parent, Joseph Schykerynec, from Orland, says he thinks it was a good idea to delay the start date but thinks online learning will be a challenge for some. 

"For me, since I have two high schoolers, it’s not that big of a deal for me because I think they will be able to handle school online a lot easier," he said. "My concern would be it's going to be hard for kids at Mill Street who are in kindergarten all the way to middle school, I think it will be a lot tougher for them."

Students will get to know their teachers through introductory virtual meetings through Google Classroom and daily live lessons.

The district's website also says that all of the materials needed will be supplied to students a week before school starts.

Action News Now spoke with Orland Unified School District Superintendent, Dwayne Newman, who says the school is interested in applying for a waiver through the state, to be able to have in-person classes. 

School officials also say they have a plan to provide internet to those who currently do not have access. 

The first day of school for Orland students is scheduled for Aug. 31.

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