List of area school districts back to school plans for 20-21

Yolanda Curtis
August 6, 2020

During the week of August 24 through 28, a staggered start will allow students to visit their school building, learn about processes and procedures for health and safety, meet their teacher, and ask questions about the school year.

The main concerns that we heard expressed from a parent and student perspective were really the desire for more opportunities for synchronous learning.
Most students will attend school two days weekly and three days online.

The flurry of announcements comes as school districts have been scrambling to respond to recent health orders from the state.

San Mateo County had been the only Bay Area county to stay off the state's watchlist until Wednesday, July 29. "It may look a little different because you're in an online learning environment, but that school community will be there for you", said Estabrooks.

Districts are also preparing for how to potentially reopen. Some families are apprehensive about their children returning to school, and some have life-threatening conditions that absolutely prevent their return to school at all.

Kindergarten through second-grade students will attend in-person classes Monday through Thursday.

The first day of school would still be Tuesday, Aug. 25.

When county districts first released their preliminary back-to-school plans July 20, Mehlville was one of the few districts that said it would wait and see how coronavirus cases continued to trend.

It was one of three options allowed by the Minnesota Department of Health.

"Although we have very strict cleaning guidelines and will have clear safety procedures in place for all students/staff, it is important that our families understand that Three Rivers Local School District can not promise that all guidelines will be followed 100% of the day".

Woodside Elementary and Las Lomitas Elementary school districts have yet to confirm whether they will follow other districts' lead.

Find more information on the district's website. Superintendent Steve Frank did not respond to requests for further comment by The Almanac's press deadline. "LLESD now has a full, five-day in-person program planned for fall", Polito said in an email.

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