ORCUTT, Calif. -- Orcutt Union School District has COVID-19 precautions in place for students, parents, and staff.
Orcutt's Union School District Superintendent, Dr. Holly Edds says she is happy to have kids back in school with safety precautions for all.
She says the halls full of children's energy are what make her the happiest.
Although Dr. Edds says precautions are important along with CDC guidelines.
“We are continuing with the procedures that we had during, of course, during COVID with frequent hand washing", said Dr. Edds.
This school year masks are optional but handwashing and sanitizing are emphasized.
Teachers are using more outdoor teaching methods.
"Teachers are really trying to maximize outdoor instruction. So those outdoor classroom spaces that we have with tables or, you know, taking the class outside whenever possible, keeping the doors open, ventilation, keeping the fan on during the school day", said Dr. Edds.
The school's air system is kept on during school hours and doors are kept open for better air quality.
Visitors such as parents and volunteers are still permitted on campuses with proof of vaccination or covid testing.
“We do have we have seen an increased case now that we're back in school, which we fully expected because people are just around each other and they're around people that maybe aren't family members. So I think just watching out for those symptoms, using those over-the-counter tests, as we've said, we've got plenty available", said Dr. Edds.
Schools do have testing available on site.