UPDATE: KHSD board approves distance learning model for start of upcoming school year


UPDATE: BAKERSFIELD, Calif. (KGET) — Kern High School District students will continue to receive instruction solely through distance learning in the beginning of the upcoming school year. 

The KHSD board of trustees voted today to begin the 2020-21 school year in the distance learning format and eventually transition to a hybrid model later in the year when it is safe to do so. The 2020-21 school year will begin on Aug. 12.

“The distance learning model affords our district the maximum flexibility,” said Trustee Jeff Flores. “This is not going to be easy. It’s going to require shared sacrifice from a lot of people, but it’s also a shared responsibility.”

The board voted to have distance learning through the first quarter of the school year, which ends Oct. 9. At that point, depending on the COVID-19 situation, distance learning could be extended or the district could transition to bringing 25 percent of students back to campus one day per week. 

Yesterday, the Bakersfield City School District board of education also voted to have only online instruction for the first quarter of the upcoming school year.

BAKERSFIELD, Calif. (KGET) — The Kern High School District board of trustees is expected to make a decision today on how school will operate in the fall. 

The open session of today’s board meeting starts at 2:30 p.m. Associate Superintendent Brenda Lewis will present the board with an outline and process of the reopening of its high schools for the 2020-21 school year, which begins Aug. 12. 

The board has debated on whether to allow some level of in-person instruction or opt for distance learning. The executive board of the Kern High School Teachers Association recently recommended that the district keep school campuses closed for at least the start of the school year.

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