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Proposed reopening plan for Chico Unified schools include full time instruction, safety measures

On Wednesday night you could find out what the fall semester will look like for your child's school if it's within the Chico Unified School District.

Posted: Jul 21, 2021 8:05 AM
Updated: Jul 21, 2021 11:00 AM

CHICO, Calif. - On Wednesday night, Chico residents could find out what the fall semester will look like for your child's school if it's within the Chico Unified School District.

The district plans to open full-time for most of its schools. That means schools are ditching the am-pm model which the district has been using for most of the pandemic.

This reopening plan also comes with COVID-19 safety measures.

Some of those measures include students covering up while inside a building and making sure students are three feet apart if they are eating or drinking. The same protocols are in effect during recess.

Students' desks and teachers will also be spaced apart as much as possible.

"I think it's a good idea that the schools are going with the state recommendations," said a man who lives near Neal Dow Elementary school. "I think it's important for the community to stay safe. Hopefully, we'll be done with it sooner rather than later."

The state still requires masks for K-12 schools, but students do not have to wear them outside.

One teacher from the district said she is also in favor of students continuing to wear the masks this upcoming semester. 

"I feel until all children have the option to have a vaccine that wearing masks inside is a very simple way to keep everybody safe," said Nora Hunter "I teach music so I teach a lot of children it helps keep me and my family safe. I don't want to be wearing a mask all the time, but I feel like it's an easy thing to do."

If the board approves this plan, it will also include Chico High School's first semester in the block schedule.

This means students there will have four 90 minute classes each day - rotating each day.

The Chico Unified School Board will also consider sending a letter to the state for what they call local control over mask mandates.

In the letter, the district points out "during these seven months, we were able to operate without increased campus contagion rates, approximately 80% of our staff fully vaccinated."

The Orland Unified School District also sent a similar letter to the state late last month.

The Chico Unified School Board meeting will meet Wednesday at 5 p.m., to take a vote on the reopening plan.

To see the full Chico Unified School Board reopening plan, CLICK HERE.

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