UPDATED: Rosedale Union School District returning to distance learning

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UPDATE: Superintendent Sue Lemon provided the following statement to local media:

“It goes without saying that we are living through the most challenging and disruptive school year of our time due to COVID-19. While the Rosedale Union School District has successfully completed its phased-in reopening plan in a safe and methodical manner over the past couple months, continuing on our current path has become increasingly difficult. This is due to an uptick in positive COVID-19 cases and potential exposures within the district, which has created a multitude of staffing limitations for both certificated and classified positions.

“Based on our current staffing realities and due to drastically increasing COVID-19 cases across our county, like many other school districts, Rosedale has made the difficult decision to revert back to distance learning for all grade levels effective December 14.”

“Please note that this pause is voluntary and is not related to a COVID-19 outbreak within our district community, but rather, the decision was made out of an abundance of caution and as a result of the current strain on our staffing capacity.”

BAKERSFIELD, Calif. (KGET) — The Rosedale Union School District has announced it is returning to distance learning for all students beginning Monday.

In a letter sent to families, Superintendent Sue Lemon said schools will transition back to distance learning between Monday and Friday except for Freedom Middle School, which is doing so on Thursday.

Lemon said the district hopes to reopen its campuses on Jan. 4. A board meeting will be held on Dec. 15 to discuss the matter. Daycare will remain open for the rest of this week but will be closed Monday through Friday, according to RUSD.

The move comes as the district has been struggling with maintaining staffing. Lemon said there has been a substitute shortage, as there have been a number of staff required to quarantine due to possible exposure to COVID-19.

“As a district, we are confident in the preventive measures we are implementing and have been successful in maintaining a safe environment for students and staff,” she said. “As many of you, we are saddened by this situation and hope to see our students back on campuses soon.”

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