The new policy stated that classes will be back in classrooms for the first day of school on August 6th, 2020.
Among many other new rules due to COVID-19, in-person attendance will be required unless the school district is provided with a statement of documented health reasons per the policy.
Additionally, Long Beach schools encourage parents to transport their children to and from school instead of using the school buses.
Two Long Beach School parents shared with News 25 their opinions on the new policy. Parent Barbara-Lynn Matula said, “One of the things I have an issue with is my daughter is high risk. So we have the opportunity to do distant learning or traditional, on-campus. But I don’t think that’s how it should be. I think a parent should have the choice, regardless of the child’s health to distant learn or traditional in-class. Because just because the child doesn’t have any health issues that doesn’t mean that they don’t live with a mother, father, brother, sister, grandparents, brother, you know, whatever that does.”
Parent Michele Lipscomb said, “We’re trying to put our children in school and we all know that when we send our children to school how susceptible to many different things. They come home with stomach viruses. They come home with the flu. They come with strep. And now we’re going to try that and test that out with COVID.”
The last school board meeting before school starts is Tuesday, July 21st at 6 p.m.