BCSD discusses health and safety for when in-person teaching resumes

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Posted at 8:20 PM, Jul 29, 2020
and last updated 2020-07-30 11:15:41-04

BAKERSFIELD, Calif. — While it may be starting out its first quarter with full distance learning in the fall, Bakersfield City School District held a meeting to discuss health and safety protocols once students do return.

Deputy Superintendent Mark Luque held a zoom meeting Wednesday night, along with Dr. Tim Fulenwider the Director of Instructional Support Services and his team of healthcare professionals.

They discussed what health screenings will look like and protocols that will need to be taken by both students and teachers upon arrival at school.

Terry Lindsey, Coordinator of School Health, said any student from 3rd grade to high school who refuses to wear a face covering will be excluded from in-person instruction. Virtual learning will be provided until the student complies with the face covering order.

There are some exemptions to this requirement, including those with trouble breathing, anyone who is unconscious or incapacitated, and anyone unable to remove the face covering without assistance. These exemptions all require a doctor's note.

BCSD said it will provide disposable face coverings to students who are required to wear and do not bring one.

BCSD said it will be holding a virtual town hall to discuss mental health and social-emotional learning support services. That town hall will happen via zoom on Aug. 5 from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m.