Santa Rosa City Schools, teachers reach tentative deal on return-to-school plan

14 July 2020

Santa Rosa City Schools is expanding its options for online learning in the fall semester as cases of coronavirus continue to rise locally and the prospect of starting the school year with in-person classes appears increasingly unlikely.

Sonoma County’s largest school district is now slated to offer its approximately 16,000 students three main options for the first day of school Aug. 17: Full distance learning, a new project-based online program and a mixture of classroom and online lessons.

The school board last week approved a draft plan to resume classes but is expected to take up a final vote on July 22, presuming the approximately 900-member Santa Rosa Teachers Association approves the agreement in voting that runs until July 21.

“I think we have a good chance to pass it with a strong number,” SRTA president Will Lyon said.

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