DELANO, Calif. — The Delano Union School District board unanimously approved a phased reopening plan that starts the new school year with distance learning.
Board members discussed concerns about making sure students have the access they need to the internet to do their assignments but one board member argued for moving forward.. And said action needs to be taken now.
"So, my suggestion is to think positive, move ahead, and explore these options, because my only suggestion is you jump on it sooner than later because as the rules come down and everybody is going to be distance learning for the most part, these agencies are going to be overwhelmed," said board member Frank Herrera. "So you are going to have to get your name on their lists first, while you come up with your plans B and C."
The plan that was approved 5-to-0 would be in effect from August to January of next year. This means that all schools in the district will be 100 percent distance learning.
Later on, the district will re-evaluate and move to a hybrid model from February through June of 2021.
The district is working to make sure every student is provided a Chromebook, is made aware of wi-fi hot spots, and for some lower-income families they will receive vouchers for discounted services from local internet providers.