Red Bluff schools to bring back students in August for in-person learning

Districts across our region are planning how the new school year will look.

Posted: Jul 15, 2020 8:03 PM
Updated: Jul 16, 2020 9:33 AM

TEHAMA COUNTY, Calif.Districts across our region are planning how the new school year will look.

Action News Now spoke to officials at the Tehama school district about what their plans are for the new school year.

Cliff Curry is the superintendent for Red Bluff Union Elementary School District and he says based on Tehama County public health’s recommendation, the district will be bringing back its students on campus.

While some people favor in-person learning, others say it’s not the safest option.

“I really think the children should go back to school and the reason why I say that is because they need to get first-hand learning, instead of sitting down on the computer, they aren’t getting everything they need,” says Edward Bucker, who lives in Tehama County.
“I don’t think they should,” says Donna Reardon. “It’s not safe. They’re saying no gatherings, but yet “go back to school,” that’s just not right.

Red Bluff Union Elementary School District says it’s working closely with public health to determine the best and safest option.

Right now, Tehama County Public Health is recommending that students go back to in-person learning which would bring changes.

“Every student, every day involves classroom groups staying together. We’re going to have other mitigations include health screenings in the morning. The other big piece of this is that all students and staff will be asked to wear masks,” says Superintendent Cliff Curry.

Curry tells Action News Now if infection rates remain stable, students can expect to be back in a couple of weeks. If there’s a spike, the district is prepared to switch to other models, but that all depends on what public health determines.

“Nobody wants to endanger lives, these are our children of this community and so we are going to be very careful in what we do,” says Curry.

The district shared that they will be offering a distance learning option for parents who do not feel comfortable sending their kids back to school and students will be kept separated from other classrooms to maintain social distancing.

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