The Bakersfield R-IV School District has been on its second round of a transition to virtual learning for the past 2 1/2 weeks due to issues with COVID-19, but students will be returning to the classroom. Superintendent Dr. Amy Britt says the campus will reopen for on-site instruction beginning Tuesday.
Dr. Britt says the students handled this latest round of virtual learning well, but they’re excited to return to the classroom because nothing replaces seated learning.
The latest round of virtual learning was announced Oct. 16. Dr. Britt says at the time, Bakersfield’s seated attendance was down to 34%, and nearly three-quarters of the staff had tested positive for the coronavirus.
Bakersfield’s first virtual learning period began in mid-September and lasted for two weeks. Dr. Britt says the staff was better prepared for the closure this time around.
Dr. Britt adds there will be a small portion of students in quarantine and staff in isolation due to positive cases or close contacts, but for the vast majority, the quarantining period will have elapsed.
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