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Some San Diego Unified School District students return to schools for in-person learning

Posted at 7:59 AM, Oct 13, 2020
and last updated 2020-10-13 10:59:10-04

SAN DIEGO (KGTV) -- Some students in the San Diego Unified School District are being allowed to return to campus Tuesday as the district begins the first phase of its reopening plan.

The district began the 2020-21 school year on Aug. 31 with a distance learning program for its students. In recent weeks, during the distance learning period, teachers have been working to determine which students they believe would benefit from appointment-based in-person learning sessions.

Appointment sessions will be voluntary; the rest of the time, those students will continue with distance learning.

SD Unified officials said they’ve also been working with health experts in designing a reopening plan that would ensure all students and staff are safe.

Despite the reopening plan, there are some parents who still do not believe it’s enough.

On Tuesday afternoon, a group of parents called Reopen SDUSD has scheduled a rally at 4 p.m. in front of the Board of Education building to voice their concerns about the reopening plan.

The group, which held a similar rally last month, is calling for a more detailed reopening plan and they want the district to be more transparent.

Reopen SDUSD has gathered thousands of signatures for a petition urging the district to allow more students to return to campus.

ABC 10News spoke with some parents at the September rally who said they want options because distance learning is not working for them.

One mother said her children “dread going on Zoom. They dread being on the computer. They don’t like learning via the screen. They’re just losing a lot of interest, and I end up having to yell at them, ‘Do your work!’ And it’s frustrating because it impacts our relationship in a negative way.”