Local elementary students are headed back to school and some in-person learning, pending continued low-case COVID-19 numbers and plan approvals for the Yucaipa-Calimesa Joint Unified School District.

At a special meeting last week, the district board unanimously approved a reopening date of Tuesday, April 6, after a two-week Spring Break.

“I am happy we finally have a date and I just hope we meet all the guidelines over the next two weeks so that we can continue with it,” said board clerk Patty Ingram. “I know everybody’s put in a lot of hard work in this office, the teachers, the unions, everybody has put in a lot of hard work. I appreciate that. I really want to see kids on campus.”

The district called the special Feb. 17 meeting to discuss and approve what reopening elementary schools in a hybrid model would look like and when it would take place after COVID-19 case numbers in San Bernardino County dipped below the state threshold of 25 per 100,000 residents for the first time in months on Tuesday, Feb. 16.

Students' return to the classroom with their teachers only applies to elementary schools. Counties must be in the red or substantial tier for secondary schools to reopen.

Read more about the district’s reopening plans for elementary schools in an upcoming edition of the News Mirror.

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