Resumption of non-public studying for 35,000 Oakland Unified college students – CBS San Francisco
OAKLAND (KPIX 5) – More than 35,000 students from the Oakland Unified School District returned to classrooms Monday after 16 months of distance learning, gym packs and masks.
There was excitement and nervous energy on that first day of school. For some Oakland families, they were torn as to whether or not to send their children to school due to COVID-19 health issues.
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An Oakland Unified student told KPIX 5 that she had school tremors again. “Yeah, it was my first time in middle school,” he said.
His mother said, “I was extremely nervous, mostly about what was going on in the community regarding COVID.”
Another Oakland Unified parent, Keiyana Kemp, told KPIX 5, “Until this morning we weren’t sure we would let her come back. We weren’t sure if it would be distance learning. “
“We almost didn’t let her go,” said Oakland parent Cel Butler.
When asked what changed his mind, he said of KPIX 5: “Our 14 year old daughter was quite persistent and we thought about it. And I said, ‘Let’s let them go today and see what happens.’ “
Butler said his children would be returning to personal school on Tuesday.
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On Monday, state and district leaders visited schools and greeted the students again.
“Definitely difficulties and challenges, but learning opportunities for our students,” said Superintendent Kyla Johnson-Trammell.
But not all returned. More than 600 students stayed at home distance learning as part of a stand-alone learning program.
Lakisha Young of Oakland REACH nonprofit said, “With the Delta variant, it put a lot more families to the test. So on this first day of school we have twice as many students who currently want to do distance learning. “
During the pandemic, the nonprofit offered support to many students and families.
The city officials also gave this promise on Monday.
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“For every single student who has a need, we still have a computer and internet access at home,” said David Silver, Education Director of Mayor Libby Schaaf.