Oakland Re-opens Elementary College Lecture rooms; Center and highschool college students return this fall – CBS San Francisco

OAKLAND (CBS SF) – Thousands of elementary school students returned to their classrooms in Oakland Monday, but the city’s middle and high schools will remain on distance learning through the fall.

That’s the result of an agreement signed late Sunday night between Oakland Unified School District officials and the teachers’ union. Teachers have yet to vote to approve the plan.

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According to the agreement, which must be ratified by the union and approved by the school board, the school year would begin August 9 under public health guidelines, district officials said in a brief announcement.

Kyla Johnson-Trammell, Superintendent of the Oakland Unified School District and Keith Brown, President of the Oakland Education Association, signed a letter announcing the agreement.

While the deal is likely to be criticized by many parents, the joy of getting back to the classroom brought a smile to Tenzin Chunyi’s face.

“I was so excited and happy that I could see my friends again,” said the third grader.

Staying at a distance was difficult.

“It’s not that exciting because you can’t join in and talk and share things because it’s coronavirus,” said Yenche Dooker Yengla, Lincoln Elementary kindergarten teacher.

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But returning to the classroom was not an easy choice for Yenche’s family.

“I’m worried and scared, but the kids like to leave,” said Oakland-based parent Tsungue Sengmo.

According to the district, 58% of elementary school parents said they will send their children back to school for personal study.

“Our staff is very excited to see the children and the children look forward to returning to campus and seeing their teachers in person for the first time, so tomorrow will be a joyful opportunity,” said district spokesman John Sasaki.

Pupils from kindergarten through 2nd grade were allowed to return to the classroom on March 30th. According to OUSD, all 3rd to 6th grade schools are expected to reopen on Monday and teachers will be given a $ 2,000 grant to return.

“The OEA believes that the gradual return of students on April 19th will allow all educators to complete their vaccinations if they choose, and that the state’s targeted immunization program will reach our most vulnerable communities,” said Oakland Education Association on their website.

It’s been a long wait for Yenche, a kindergarten teacher, but she is on her way to learning in person for the first time.

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According to OUSD, six elementary schools failed to open last month because not enough teachers agreed to come back.

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