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Rosedale Union School district to pause in-person instruction

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Posted at 6:33 PM, Dec 08, 2020
and last updated 2020-12-08 21:33:15-05

BAKERSFIELD, Calif. — Effective Dec. 14 the district will begin its pause on in-person instruction and transition back into distance learning due to a shortage of staff and substitutes.

The district released a letter on Tuesday detailing its plan to transition back into distance learning.

The letter reads:

"Dear Rosedale Families,
We would like to thank each of you for your resilience during these challenging times. The time and energy that you have invested in our school community and your participation in your child's education has been nothing short of amazing. We continue to believe that our campuses are safe for students and staff. However, we are currently experiencing a shortage of substitutes for both our teachers and classified staff due to the number of exclusions and staff required to quarantine. This has caused an unfortunate strain on our staffing. We have had to make the difficult decision to return to distance learning for all students in the Rosedale Union School District beginning Monday, December 14th through Friday, December 18th (Freedom Middle will transition to Distance Learning on Thursday, December 10th.) We are hopeful the Rosedale Union School District will reopen on Monday, January 4th. A return to in-person instruction start date will be discussed at the board meeting on Tuesday, December 15th. Daycare will remain open for the remainder of this week but will be closed the week of Monday, December 14th through Friday, December 18th. As a district, we are confident in the preventative measures we are implementing and have been successful in maintaining a safe environment for students and staff. As many of you, we are saddened by this situation and hope to see our students back on campuses soon. Best wishes for a safe and restful holiday season."