REDDING, Calif. - School will be back in session for high school students in Shasta County.
On Wednesday, the Shasta Union High School District announced its reopening plans for the upcoming school year. There are four phases to the school district's plan. The school district says it plans to start with phase three. This means students will go back to class five days a week but are required to wear face coverings and practice social distancing.
“I think the kids hopefully have some normalcy going back to school,” said Crystal Maroste. “They need to be around their friends a little bit.”
Barbara Davis with Creekside Counseling says school helps kids develop social skills and teaches them how to interact with their peers.
“The social aspect is really important to kids,” said Davis. “Kids are being really impacted by not having the socialization.”
Davis says social isolation can lead to depression and anxiety. But Dr. Duane Carter, a pediatrician with Shasta Community Health Center says the increase in coronavirus cases, it's concerning to put students in a classroom.
“It’s obviously important to get them back in school for their education and for their emotional health,” said Carter. “But at the same time with a surge in the number of cases we've been saying there may be a risk.”
While some parents are ready for their kids to get back to school, others still remain on the fence.
“Kids need to learn off each other emotionally,” said Michael Spoon.
“I have mixed emotions, to be honest,” said Kerri Allen. “I think my son needs an education in the classroom but I have a lot of concern and the cases continue to increase.”
The Shasta Union High School district says if families are not comfortable with face-to-face learning, the school district is offering an independent study program through the Shasta Union High School District Collegiate Academy.
The first day of school for the Shasta Union High District is on August 12.