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Orland school reopens despite Glenn being in purple tier

An elementary school in Orland is back in session today despite Glenn County being in the strictest coronavirus tier.

Posted: Oct 26, 2020 6:21 PM
Updated: Oct 27, 2020 10:19 AM

GLENN COUNTY, Calif. - An elementary school in Orland is back in session today despite Glenn County being in the purple coronavirus tier.

Mill Street Elementary school reopened for the first time since March, they split students into two groups. Half the students will come to school on Monday and Tuesday. The rest on Thursday and Friday and they’ll alternate on Wednesdays.

But even with these precautions, not every parent decided to send their children back.

Jacquelyn Schanley, chose distance learning, she says, "I just feel that it's more difficult for them to follow the guidelines, distancing from each other, all of the CDC guidelines... it's going to be difficult for children to do that."

Parent, Sean Forrester, chose in-person classes, "Everything went well I think it's better for teachers to be one on one rather than over the internet and doing all of the zoom projects."

The school’s asking parents to check their kids before sending them to school. Once at school staff will do temperature checks.
If it's higher than 100.3, they will be sent home and there won’t be lunch or recess.

Teachers have to wear both masks and face shields.

Action News Now spoke with one teacher who says she's happy to be back even with the challenges.

Second grade teacher, Joana Castaneda says she doesn’t have a lot of space in her classroom so spacing the desks out was challenging, but not as challenging as making sure her students are following social distancing.

"It is challenging to keep reminding them why they need to stay apart, why we can't have playground time or lunchtime, why they can't hug a friend, but they understand the repercussions if they were to engage in those activities. but it is very challenging to continually have to remind them of that," she said.

Castaneda says the first thing she did Monday was go over classroom and Covid-19 rules with her 12 students.

Students in class for three hours and during that time they cannot get up or share materials. 

Fairview Elementary is also expected to reopen in two weeks.

About 70% of Mill Street parents chose in-person classes. 30% decided to keep their children in distance learning.

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