September 12, 2020

The next big hurdle: CA schools grapple with how, when or if to reopen campuses

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Just as students and teachers across California are adjusting to distance learning, many districts are bracing for a new challenge, one that may be even more daunting: How — and when — to re-open campuses safely.

Although the coronavirus continues to spread in California, some districts have reopened for in-person classes, and others may be able to welcome students back to campus as soon as this month. Those in areas with the highest infection rates will stay closed for the foreseeable future.

Meanwhile, decisions about reopening are fraught with unknowns. Teachers, parents and superintendents all want to ensure safe conditions, but disagree about what constitutes “safe.” And conditions change constantly, as research about the coronavirus evolves, infection rates fluctuate and counties move on and off the state’s monitoring list.

The result, in many districts, has been fear and painstaking caution, no matter how eager students and their families are to return to in-person school.

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