Reopening plan likely to test Santa Rosa City Schools’ equity policies

7 July 2020

Christopher Chung/ The Press Democrat

When the 2020-21 school year opens on Aug. 13 for Santa Rosa City Schools’ 16,000 students and 1,600 staffers spread across 24 campuses, it will be extraordinarily different.

It will be different because the coronavirus pandemic has forced health and safety guidelines that prohibit students from being within 6 feet of each other and their teachers. It will be different because most students and teachers will be wearing masks. It will be different because students are likely not going to be on campus five days a week ‒ if they are on campus at all. And it will be different because programs offered to handle the unprecedented pressures of the pandemic will likely not look the same campus to campus.

As Santa Rosa City Schools officials debate a reopening plan at the school board’s regular meeting Wednesday, chief among concerns will be how to provide education and supervision for thousands of students on weekdays when they are not in a traditional classroom, either because of a part-time hybrid schedule or a full distance-learning program.

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