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Orcutt Union School District holds special meeting, discuss reopening school plan

ORCUTT, Calif. – Orcutt Union School District held a special board meeting Wednesday night, discussing the reopening school plan.

With the possibility of being able to reopen in person class as soon as next week, the Orcutt Union School District’s School Board is discussing where preparations stand.

"What would be feasible, what would be safe, what would be the direction of the board that they would like to see us go,” said the District’s Superintendent Holy Edds

The meeting mentioned the latest information on COVID-19, looking at metrics and looking on how things are going with distance learning, but no decisions were made on when the school could reopen in person class.

“No decision will be made tonight, there is no action item for tonight,” said Edds.

Back in July, the school district adopted three instructional models: distance learning, hybrid learning and blended learning. 

One of the options is sending a group of up to 14 students, two days a week with blended learning.

“The first through sixth grade students would either on Tuesday and Thursday in the morning, and the other group would come on Wednesday and Friday,” said Orcutt Educators Association President Monique Segura. 

But the district has not decided what it will do.

“We anticipate that at some point we will wind up into blended learning, figuring out when is the right time to do that,” said Edds.

But the president of the teachers union says the best option is to continue distance learning for now.

“It might be in our best interest to keep us in distance learning,” said Segura. “At least until winter break and if we want to come back in January, we got time to shuffle people around because there are some parents that are saying you know what, i am not going to send out my kids.”

If Santa Barbara county remains in the red tier next week, in person instruction can resume with modifications.

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