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BCSD outlines plan for instruction starting Aug. 17

Posted at 8:47 AM, Aug 05, 2020
and last updated 2020-08-05 11:47:27-04

The Bakersfield City School District has outlined its plan for online instruction with school set to start Aug. 17.

The BCSD Board of Trustees met Tuesday to go over the district's plan for the start of the upcoming school year.

The district discussed in detail a breakdown of how instruction will look for each specific grade level.

Instruction will begin daily at 8:15 a.m.

Transitional kindergarten and kindergarten students will have instruction for 180 minutes with an additional 20 minutes for small group instruction.

Students in first through third grade will go through 230 minutes of instruction, plus 30 minutes of small group instruction.

Students in fourth through sixth grade will have instruction for 240 minutes with small group instruction for 30 minutes.

Junior high and middle school students will go through 270 minutes of instruction daily that will be divided into three 90-minute periods.


Deputy superintendent Mark Luque also outlined the plan for the district as it prepares over the next two weeks.

  • Aug. 3-7 – Parent contact & organization of student materials
  • Aug. 4-6 – New teacher orientation
  • Aug. 6 – Year 2 teachers report for duty
  • Aug. 7 – Year 1 teachers report to site
  • Aug. 10 – Teacher prep day
  • Aug. 11 – Staff meeting & prep day
  • Aug. 12-13 – Professional development
  • Aug. 14 – Classified staff return, virtual orientation & pro development
  • Aug. 17 – First day of school

District officials also reiterated that students will be provided "all the tools" necessary to be able to successfully begin the school year remotely. Every student will be afforded a laptop to be able to keep up with online instruction.