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Vista Unified middle and high schools pivot to virtual learning

Posted at 7:02 PM, Jan 14, 2021
and last updated 2021-01-14 22:02:42-05

VISTA, Calif. (KGTV) -- The Vista Unified School District announced Thursday that its secondary schools would be pivoting back to virtual learning until further notice.

The decision only applies to district middle and high schools; students will have to continue the new school year virtually.

Vista's elementary schools will continue with in-person learning.

According to the latest community update on the district's website, the reason for the pause in in-person learning is a result of Governor Newsom’s new Safe Schools for All Plan.

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Vista Unified is required to postpone middle and high school students' return until a new plan is approved by the California Safe and Successful Schools Team that incorporates the new state requirements.

Middle schools were scheduled to return on Jan. 19, with high school students planning to return to campus on Jan 26.

As part of a Newsom's Safe Schools for All Plan, he said he wants to start with the youngest students and promised $2 billion in state aid to promote coronavirus testing for students and teachers, increased classroom ventilation, and personal protective equipment.

The governor said under the phased approach, schools could begin reopening as early as February for students in kindergarten-6th grade. Newsom added he wants all schools on track to reopen by early spring. Even after schools reopen, distance learning will still be an option for families.

The Vista Unified staff will review the revised guidelines and prepare the school board to discuss the possible adjustments for the requirements on Jan 21.