School district and unions discuss expansion of in-person learning
–The Paso Robles Joint Unified School District, the local teachers union, and the classified employees union on Friday issued a news release discussing the potential return of more in-person learning for students.
San Luis Obispo County recently returned to the state’s Red Tier allowing for a return to in-person instruction under the part-time hybrid model for all students including secondary, according to the district, “This change has also allowed for a resumption of athletics and other traditional school activities we have all missed so much,” reads the press release.
The direction on social distancing in classrooms has also been reduced from six feet to three feet, which gives the district, “great confidence summer school and next year school will be fully in person, albeit with some likely continuing precautions.”
Since some of the guidance has changed, modifications are possible for the seven weeks left in this school year, notwithstanding the need for, “stable cohorts, close contact tracing, and quarantine.”
The district has been meeting with both the Certificated/Teachers (PRPE) and Classified/Support Staff (CSEA) unions to work through how to staff summer school, provide transportation, and other issues. The district also met today with the Teachers Association representatives to identify where they can expand in-person learning for the remainder of this school year.
This will hopefully result in increased flexibility in accommodating family logistical preferences as to AM or PM hybrid, they say. They also say they are working together to make Mondays in the current hybrid model include more in-person instruction like Tuesday through Friday. They plan to have a recommendation ready for school board approval by the April 13 board meeting.