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PUSD calls temporary halt to in-person classes

Plumas Unified School District Superintendent Terry Oestreich announced this afternoon, Nov. 13, that all students will participate in distance learning Monday through Friday, Nov. 16-20; there will be no in-person classes next week.

The school board will meet Wednesday, Nov. 18, to discuss whether distance learning should continue after the Thanksgiving break. School had been scheduled to resume Nov. 30. Plumas Charter School already announced that it plans to delay its return to in-class learning after the Thanksgiving break to Dec. 7.

Oestreich announced the decision following discussions with Public Health as well as with district principals today. The concern is the increasing number of COVID cases in the county and in the schools, that have been reported this past week. As of last evening, positive cases were identified at Chester Elementary, Quincy High, Quincy Elementary at the Alder Street site; and at the Long Valley school site in Portola (a charter school site not affiliated with PUSD).

PUSD kindergarten though sixth-grade students should check their Canvas, or information from their teacher and school site, for Zoom class times.

Seventh through 12th-grade students will follow the attached schedule for Zoom class times and asynchronous instruction. There will be no changes in student class assignments at this time.

All conditioning activities have been canceled through Nov. 29. Special education hubs and appointments may be scheduled as appropriate. All field trips are cancelled. Food distribution will be available via community delivery schedules or designated site pickups.

Oestreich said that the decision was sudden, but was done in concert with Public Health to protect students, their families and communities during this recent uptick in cases.

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