Redlands Unified is planning to offer a return-to-class option and a distance learning option for the 2020-21 school year.

For families who want their students to participate in 100 percent distance learning, the deadline to register is Friday, July 10.

According to the district's ThoughtExchange program, which polled parents for their input on the 2020-21 school year, when asked "When school resume in the fall, which educational options would you prefer?" 50 percent of participating parents preferred "full open/face-to-face learning in a classroom setting." Just 16 percent indicated that they would prefer full distance learning and 34 percent preferred hybrid learning, a combination of classroom and distance learning.

Forty-six percent of parents, said they would be interested in a full distance-learning program if offered. Fifty-four percent of parent said they would not be interested in 100percent distance learning if offered.

A total of 4,679 people participated in the ThoughtExchange.

Distance learning will include instruction that is substantially equivalent to the quality and rigor of classroom-based instruction, daily live interaction and instruction with certified staff, and daily student participation documented and tracked. Students will have access to devices to participate in the program and complete work.

To ensure adequate staffing, those registering for the distance learning program must commit to at least one semester.

The district has not announced what the return to class option will look like for students.


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