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State proposes $2B plan to safely reopen schools

Local schools could soon receive thousands in aid to help enhance campus reopening safety.

Posted: Jan 7, 2021 9:54 AM
Updated: Jan 7, 2021 11:11 AM

BUTTE COUNTY, Calif. - Billions of dollars could soon be coming to the North State to help local schools reopen safely.

Action News Now spoke with one local charter school in Chico who says they would be happy to get any additional funds to improve the safety on campus.

"Schools could always use more money, for cleaning and staff it takes a lot of time and staff to get our school clean and keep it clean and sanitized," said Miranda Taylor, a teacher at Chico Country Day School.

Money from the state's plan would go toward testing, ventilation, personal protective equipment (PPE), and improved contact tracing.

"We could always use additional funds to enhance safety and possibly add more staff to support our safety procedures especially if we are going to be welcoming more students on campus," said Claudia Trout, the director of student affairs at the school.

Taylor, who is a fourth-grade teacher, says they want to make kids feel as connected to each other and their teachers as possible.

Trout added, "Our goal would be to have students back and welcome them safely and it’s just a matter of making sure we're reducing the spread of the virus and how to welcome students and staff back safely with safety procedures in place."

School officials say they don’t know exactly how much of that $2 billion they would receive but according to the state's plan, it could be anywhere between $450 to 700 per student.

The plan would focus first on students in kindergarten through second grade, children with disabilities, those who have limited access to technology, and students who have been struggling with being out of the classroom. Distance learning would still be an option.

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