Bakersfield classrooms to reopen following virtual learning period

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.

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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.

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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.

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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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