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Norris School District to continue distance learning until at least mid-February

California Budget Education
Posted at 1:57 PM, Jan 12, 2021
and last updated 2021-01-12 16:57:33-05

BAKERSFIELD, Calif. (KERO) — The Norris School District announced that it would continue distance learning until mid-February.

In a letter sent to parents on Monday, Superintendent Cy Silver said that the increase in the number of COVID-19 cases in Kern County and the concern that it could lead to "staffing and instructional disruptions" necessitated the decision.

"Our entire staff knows the most important place for student learning to occur is in our classrooms, so we are focused on getting our students back as soon as possible and as soon as it is safe to do so. However, the continual increase of COVID-19 cases in Kern County makes it extremely difficult to ensure that we will not encounter the same challenges with staffing and instructional disruptions that we had prior to the pause of in-person instruction."

As a result, the Norris School District will continue distance learning through at least February 12th. The district will not consider re-opening for in-person instruction until February 6th.

"This will allow us time to continue to monitor the local health data in our community, as well as our current staffing levels," said Silver.

Distance learning will resume on January 18th.

Read the Full Letter Below:
Coronavirus (Covid-19) Information for Parents