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Chico Unified School Board: AM/PM schedule remains until end of Spring semester

The Chico Unified School Board voted on Wednesday to continue to utilize the AM/PM structure through Spring Semester while in a Modified Traditional instructional model.

Posted: Nov 9, 2020 12:26 PM
Updated: Nov 10, 2020 11:40 AM

CHICO, Calif. - The Chico Unified School Board voted on Wednesday to continue to utilize the AM/PM structure through Spring Semester while in a Modified Traditional instructional model.

"We're happy that they made a decision," said Josh Cook, a parent whose daughter attends Marsh Junior High School.

"I think it would be good to get back to full time at some point," said Lance Atkins, a parent whose children attend Marsh Junior High School as well.

Chico Unified students staying on the am/pm split schedule and will be through the end of the school year.

But not everyone is in agreement.

"It's fairly devastating for a lot of families that have a very difficult time managing a schedule," Atkins said.

"There's no way you can accommodate the expectations," Cook said.

"Children need to be with each other they need to socialize, they need stability," Cook said adding "even though I might not like the decisions I like the stability."

Board members previously proposed a "block schedule" basically letting classes meet every other day for an extended period of time.

But the board decided against it based on what teachers told their leaders.

"[There was] 50 percent that wanted to view going to a to b-day [block schedule]. 50 percent [wanted] to stay where they are. Please no more changes was a real common one," said Kevin Moretti, the Chico Unified Teachers Association President.

Some teachers have been voluntarily teaching in-person instruction and online simultaneously for students who are uncomfortable coming back to campus or who do not want to enroll in Oak Bridge Academy. But that will soon change.

Leaving Oak Bridge Academy as the only online independent study program.

"We live in times where there are difficult decisions and it's going to be hard that the thing they settled on is changing again," Cook said.

Chico Unified School District Assistant superintendent Jay Marchant told the board at Wednesday's meeting several principals were in favor of keeping the current am pm model for students.

The Board will decide at the December 9 Regular Board Meeting, specifically which model (Online only, Modified Traditional, or Traditional In-Person) will be utilized when students return after winter break on January 4, 2021.

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