OCEANSIDE, Calif. (KGTV) -- The Oceanside Unified School District is responding after parents gathered to demand a return to in-person learning Tuesday night.
District officials say they are unable to return to full in-person learning although PK-5 students have been allowed to return in the state’s purple tier.
“While we are able to return to in-person instruction in grades PK-5 while in the purple tier, we are not able to return at the secondary level until the county has returned to the red tier,” the district said.
Meanwhile, families rallies outside the board meeting, saying that the data show that it’s safe for schools to reopen. Read the district's full statement below:
We are aware that a group of concerned parents, guardians, and caregivers have gathered at the district office this afternoon in an effort to express their desire for a return to in-person instruction. We absolutely empathize with our entire community and know that this global pandemic has been challenging for everyone. One common ground that we all share is our deep desire to return our students to in-person instruction as quickly as practicable following health and safety guidelines.
While we are able to return to in-person instruction in grades PK-5 while in the purple tier, we are not able to return at the secondary level until the county has returned to the red tier.
At the meeting this evening, staff will present an update to the board of education on COVID-19 and staff recommendations for our return to in-person instruction. We have made many preparations and every effort to provide safe and healthy learning spaces, as always the health and safety of our students and staff will continue to be our number one priority.