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Butte County teachers and schools prepare for transition to online learning

The Chico Unified School Board is complying with the state's guidelines. Some teachers however, are worried for the students and parents this effects the most.

Posted: Jul 22, 2020 11:50 PM

CHICO, Calif. - The Chico Unified School Board is complying with the state's guidelines. Some teachers however, are worried for the students and parents this effects the most.

"I think in a lot of ways it's not fair to the parents and the kids," said Durham High School teacher Mark Pisenti. "I mostly worry about the families and how it effects them, and how it effects kids and their learning and their needs."

Pisenti will have to teach from home because Butte County is now on the state's watchlist.

"It has a baby of problems that are going to be difficult I think for many people," said Pisenti. "Technology issues, internet access, technology access."

However, teachers are optimistic that within the school year, students will return to campus.

"Maybe we can look at going back to in school session, I still think going back to school is the best solution," said Pisenti.

-- And the school board is just as hopeful.

"Assuming that we'll go between stage one and two throughout the semester," said Assistant Superintendent of Human Resources Jim Hanlon. "They'll continue to use that online as a basis for their lessons, only because there's a danger we might slide back into stage one again which means complete online at home instruction."

Chico Unified School District originally created a plan for stage two, allowing for on-campus distant learning, but now that Butte County is on the state's watchlist -- 

"We will be teaching online, stage one, which is looks like we're going to do."

The difference between the first shutdown and this time around is that this time, the teachers can be prepared for it.

"We've been doing a lot of training, we will do a lot more training before school starts. And our goal is to have all of our teachers trained on our online curriculum."

Hanlon told Action News Now the money for switching to online courses was given to the schools from the state and federal government specifically for the impact of COVID-19.

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