Proposed reopening plan for Chico Unified schools includes full-time education and safety measures
CHICO, Calif .– On Wednesday night, residents of Chico could find out what the fall semester will look like for your child’s school if they are in the Chico Unified School District.
The district plans to open most of its schools full time. This means schools are abandoning the am-pm model that the district used for most of the pandemic.
This reopening plan is also accompanied by COVID-19 security measures.
Some of these measures include covering students inside a building and making sure students are three feet apart if they are eating or drinking. The same protocols are in effect during recess.
Students ‘and teachers’ desks will also be spaced out as much as possible.
“I think it’s a good idea for schools to follow state recommendations,” said a man who lives near Neal Dow Elementary School. “I think it’s important that the community stays safe. I hope we are done with this as soon as possible.”
The state still requires masks for K-12 schools, but students do not have to wear them outdoors.
A district teacher said she was also in favor of students continuing to wear masks this coming semester.
“I think until all children have a chance to get the vaccine, wearing masks indoors is a very easy way to protect everyone,” said Nora Hunter. . I don’t want to wear a mask all the time, but I feel like it’s an easy thing to do. “
If the board approves this plan, it will also include the first semester of Chico High School in the block schedule.
This means that students will have four 90-minute lessons each day – in rotation each day.
The Chico Unified School Board will also consider sending a letter to the state for what it calls local control over mask warrants.
In the letter, the district emphasizes “in these seven months we have been able to operate without increasing contagion rates on campus, approximately 80% of our staff have been fully vaccinated.”
The Orland Unified School District also sent a similar letter to the state late last month.
The Chico Unified School Board meeting will meet at 5 p.m. on Wednesday to vote on the reopening plan.
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