UPDATE: BCSD pushes back return of in-person instruction to early April

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UPDATE (Feb. 19, 2021): The Bakersfield City School District pushed back the expected starting date of in-person instruction for pre-kindergarten through 6th students to early April, according to memo Friday.

The school district says, under state guidelines, schools can reopen if local COVID-19 case rates fall below 25 cases per 100,000 for five consecutive days putting the county in the “purple tier.” Kern County’s adjusted case rate is 26.8 for the last seven days.

  • Tuesday, April 6, 2021: All Self-Contained Special Education and PK-2 teachers return
  • to worksite
  • Thursday, April 8, 2021: In-person instruction begins for grades Special Education
  • and PK-2. Additionally, all 3-6 teachers return to worksite
  • Monday, April 12, 2021: In-person instruction begins for grades 3-6 at elementary
  • sites only

BCSD said grade 7 and 8 students will continue distance learning. Middle and junior high schools can reopen once a county’s enters the less restrictive “red tier.”


BAKERSFIELD, Calif. (KGET) — Bakersfield City School District on Tuesday sent a memo saying in-person instruction for pre-kindergarten through 6th grade is scheduled to happen by the end of March.

The memo notes schools may reopen, under state guidelines, if local COVID-19 case rates fall below 25 cases per 100,000 for five consecutive days, putting the county in the “purple tier.” Kern County Public Health officials reported an adjusted case rate of 26.8 for the past seven days, “suggesting improvement and decline in the future,” it said.

With that in mind, the district asked staff to prepare to return to schools and for classes to reopen on the following dates:

  • March 10 — All self-contained special education staff return to worksite.
  • March 15 — In-person instruction begins for self-contained special education.
  • March 17 — All pre-K through 2nd grade staff return to worksite.
  • March 19 — All staff for grades 3 to 6 return to worksite.
  • March 22 — In-person instruction begins for pre-K through 2nd grade.
  • March 24 — In-person instruction begins for grades 3 to 6.
  • Grades 7 to 8 will continue distance learning until the county moves into the “red tier.”

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