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Vallejo City Unified School District in planning stages for hybrid learning

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Charlonie Smith dances on the hood of a car as it rolls through the graduation celebration at Jesse Bethel High School in 2020. (Chris Riley—Times-Herald)

Getting students back in the classroom was the focus of Wednesday night’s Vallejo City Unified School District’s Governing Board meeting, where board members set a target date of April 12 for a new-look, hybrid form of of instruction for students returning from spring break.

“We have been focused on a phase approach to bringing back students for a number of reasons,” said Cheri Summers, the district’s chief academic officer. “We want the opportunity to test and adjust things with smaller groups of students, as well as to provide time for our families and our students to adjust to very new safety protocols, as well as new ways of teaching and learning.

“At this point is the planning phase,” Summers continued, “we’ve been engaged with gathering information from our families about what preferences and decision-making they are going to have to be involved with, in terms of the selection of returning their students to hybrid learning or staying in distance learning. We know that hybrid learning is going to be a shift — not only for our families, but our teachers. So we’re engaging our principals in conversations in what kind of supports we need to provide as we transition to hybrid learning.”

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Parents, district officials react to state’s school reopening plan

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SACRAMENTO, Calif. (KTXL) – Governor Gavin Newsom and the California legislature are offering billions of dollars in funding to school districts across the state as an incentive to get students back inside the classroom by the end of the month.

Many parents say they’ve been ready for their children to go back to school.

“They are depressed. They have gained weight. They are missing out on their childhood,” said local realtor and mom Veronica Sukkary. “For kids their age, a year is like eternity.”

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Gov. Newsom Says Deal To Reopen Schools Is Close

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SAN FRANCISCO (AP/CBS13) — As the vast majority of California students approach one year of distance learning, Gov. Gavin Newsom vowed Tuesday that classrooms will reopen “very, very shortly.” But his forecast was called into question by Los Angeles teachers who continue to insist that the state’s largest school district won’t open without more vaccinations.

“The pressure building to return to schools is political. It is not science,” the United Teachers Los Angeles said in a statement. The union said it will vote next week to refuse resuming in-person classes unless certain demands are met, including that all returning staff get access to vaccinations and COVID-19 case numbers in the county continue to decrease.

For weeks, Newsom has been negotiating with lawmakers on a deal to reopen schools and salvage what’s left of this academic year. Most of California’s 6 million public school students haven’t seen a classroom since the state’s first shutdown in mid-March of 2020. A state lawmaker submitted a $6.5 billion proposal last week aimed at reopening schools by this spring, but Newsom said the timetable was too slow and suggested he could veto it.

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Sacramento-area families frustrated about lack of updates on reopening schools

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SACRAMENTO, Calif. (KTXL) — Parents and students are growing more frustrated with not being able to go back to school.

“We are hoping we can go back to school,” Alyssa Mandell, 14, told FOX40.

“Our children want to be in school, in person, and this is as close as they can get,” added parent Marlina Edmonds.

Dozens of Vacaville High School students and parents showed up on campus Wednesday to show the school district they can be safe while learning.

Parents and students said this is coming from built-up frustration of not being able to physically go to school to learn for about a year.

“We all want to reopen schools safely, but we also do not want to put our students and staff at risk,” said Sacramento City Teachers Association President David Fisher.

Fisher told FOX40 the SCTA has created its own framework on how they would go about reopening their campuses.

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Coronavirus: Distance learning in place as Vacaville students, teachers begin new year

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For the fifth year in a row, Orchard Elementary School teacher Jaxie Murray greeted her new class of kindergarteners, sang songs with them and had them do activities.

The difference this year is that she had to do all of that through her computer screen.

Vacaville Unified School District students returned Monday for the 2020-21 school year, a traditional rite of passage that serves as a new start for students each year. This year took that concept to another level. Because of the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, Vacaville campuses remain closed for the time being, but students continue to attend classes through distance learning. By order of Gov. Gavin Newsom, schools in counties on the state’s watchlist for COVID-19 cases must start the year with distance learning and remain in the model until the county has been off the watchlist for 14 consecutive days.

Solano County is on the state’s watchlist, so VUSD students began the year by logging onto Zoom and receiving instruction from their teachers.

Murray said she was nervous leading up to the start of the year, but after meeting with her students and their parents, she felt more confident.

“It’s definitely a learning curve for everyone,” she said. “I feel very fortunate because leading up to today, I’ve had contact with a lot of my parents through email, and they’ve all been really positive in their messages back and forth…I feel like I’m in a good place with the families.”

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Coronavirus: Vacaville school board approves hybrid reopening model

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Like everything else, Vacaville public schools will feel very different when classes resume in the fall.

The Vacaville school board voted 4-3 to approve a reopening plan where 50 percent of students receive in-person, on-campus instruction on certain days of the week and continue with the distance learning model on other days at a special meeting Tuesday.

In March, Vacaville Unified School District followed other school districts in the wake of the coronavirus pandemic by closing campuses and allowing students to continue their education through take-home packets and learning online. The closure was initially intended to last two weeks but continued through the remainder of the school year.

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