Planning for a Safe Return to Beverly Hills Schools
Posted Thursday, July 30, 2020 - 7:21 pm
By Bianca Heyward
The Beverly Hills Unified School District (BHUSD) is scheduled to begin the 2020-2021 school year on August 17 with distance learning. Per order of Governor Newsom, students will be able to return back to the physical campus in phases once the county has been off the monitoring list — which tracks Coronavirus data — for 14 consecutive days. For students within the Los Angeles Unified School District, rules and schedules regarding distance learning are still unclear, as the United Teachers Los Angeles union and administrators continue to go back and forth on proposals.
At the BHUSD Board of Education meeting on July 28, administrators made it clear that they share one goal: to bring students back on campus as soon as it is safe to do so. The meeting began with public comment from an array of teachers nervous to come back to the physical classroom, citing underlying health issues and childcare concerns. On the main agenda was a presentation by the “Return 2 Learn” Think Tank, regarding recommendations for the physical reopening of schools. The Think Tank, comprised of experts in the fields of medicine, healthcare, mental health, occupational safety, workplace controls and management, was formed in June to study, evaluate, and draft best practices for how to safely reopen. The team considered classroom setup, one-way directional signage, restroom monitoring to ensure six feet of distance is maintained, when and how to administer temperature checks and more.
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