Redlands Unified School District elementary schools began hybrid in-person instruction on Monday, April 5.

Mission Elementary School staff said about 300 kids chose to return to campus. All elementary schools have a morning and afternoon session for their students who chose to go back. The maximum capacity for classrooms is 14 students. Students are on campus for a few hours and either start or finish the rest of the school day from home, depending on their session. Wednesdays are strictly at-home learning days for all students.

During the Board of Education meeting on March 9, Assistant Superintendent of Educational Services Ken Wagner said 58 percent of elementary families chose in-person instruction, and 42 percent chose to remain in distance learning.

All students and staff are required to wear face coverings at all times.

Students’ stable groups will not mix with other groups to reduce spread and allow for more efficient contact tracing. Once students arrived on campus, every child had a health screening and temperatures taken at their assigned gate entry. Students will have recess but will remain in their groups and share no equipment. Staff will monitor restrooms to ensure safety.

The San Bernardino County Board of Supervisors provided funding for the district to purchase ionization systems for air filters for adequate ventilation in classrooms. Classroom doors will remain open during the day to meet a 15 percent minimum fresh air intake. All schools have an isolation room for students who show symptoms of COVID-19. The district will require testing if a person is symptomatic or if there has been possible exposure. Parents can choose to use a local or private testing provider or a district-approved provider. School sites will also have self-administered kits.

The district is also continuing its food service for all students. Families can pick up grab-and-go meals from 6 a.m to 8 a.m. on Wednesdays at Beattie, Clement, Cope, Mission, Redlands High or Redlands East Valley. The boxes contain 28 meals a week for both distance learning and in-person students. Students will also receive breakfast and lunch meals on campus during the school day.

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