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In-person learning to resume for some in the Grossmont Union High School District

Posted at 5:48 PM, Sep 24, 2020

San Diego, CA (KGTV)- Some high school students in the Grossmont Union High School District will return to partial in-person learning starting on September 29.

Sixty-eight percent of parents surveyed districtwide wanted their high school students to return to an in-person, blended learning model, while 32 percent wanted their students to stay in full-time distance learning from home.

The district is moving forward with both options.

Starting Tuesday, some students will be back on campus with limitations.

"Students have to be divided into smaller groups," said Theresa Kemper, the district's superintendent.
If parents chose the blended learning model, their student has been assigned to Group A, Group B, Group C, or Group D, based on factions like students per household, transportation needs, and course schedule.

"They each will come to school one day a week," she said.

The group placement determines which day the students will come to campus; they will be learning from home the rest of the time.

The district created a roadmap for reopening, which includes five levels.

"We want to make sure that we're really confident with new routines that have been established, we want to make sure the county health conditions are continuing to improve," said Kemper.

All schools in the district have been operating at Level 1, which is strictly distance learning.

Level 2 begins next week and allows students to learn on campus one day a week, with 25 percent of the campus population, in class sizes of eight to twelve students.

"Our Special Education academies and alternative schools are also starting at Level 2, but will attend two days a week instead of one," she said.

All students will be screened and have their temperatures checked before entering the classroom, teachers, and staff will be tested for COVID-19 regularly, and everyone will be required to wear facial coverings.

The schools will also be deep cleaned each day, and students will be physically distanced from one another.

"If everything looks good, after about two weeks, we could potentially announce going to the next level," said Kemper.

By level five, students will be back on campus five days a week.

Kemper said the district is taking a cautious approach and has plans in place if a school needs to jump back a level at any time.

"If we change from two days a week to one day a week, then we already got a plan in place, and it's easy to transition to that," she said. "I want parents and students to know we are so excited to see him, there's no place like school."