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Parents call for San Marcos Unified, Oceanside Unified schools to fully reopen

Posted at 7:42 AM, Apr 19, 2021
and last updated 2021-04-19 15:49:49-04

SAN MARCOS, Calif. (KGTV) -- A group of North County parents gathered outside of the San Marcos Unified School District office Monday morning and called for the immediate reopening of schools for full-time, in-person learning.

A judge said San Marcos Unified, as well as the Oceanside Unified School District, had the discretion to design their own school reopening plans and timelines. Classroom capacity in both districts has been the argument against a full-time return.

Last week, a judge declined to force both districts to offer in-person instruction five days a week.

Rally organizers said they don’t believe San Marcos Unified and Oceanside Unified have plans in place to fully reopen schools.

ABC 10News learned the school board’s agenda for its upcoming meeting does not include an update on school reopenings.

Parent Weezy Madsen, whose two children attend San Marcos Unified schools, said, “We want to show our dismay and protest that this isn’t even on the docket for them.”

Ashton Rosenzweig, a student who was at the rally, said, “The two days simply isn’t effective. We’re not learning as much, and we don’t have the same social experiences that we normally have in school.”

Parents like Madsen are concerned this will carry on past summer. Madsen added, “Maybe they think we’ve forgotten what they’re job is. We haven’t. We want this to happen now before the summer.”

Student Zoe Primosch said, “Students are the ones who are most affected. And we’re the ones with the least say in it.”

In a statement to ABC 10News, San Marcos Unified School District said it will "present its plan for the expansion of in-person learning tomorrow [Tuesday] during our regular Board meeting beginning at 6:30 p.m.

Tomorrow's Board meeting will be held via Zoom.

Please see our latest Community Update for more information."