Teachers take extra measures to keep classrooms safe

Plumas Unified School District closed a second-grade classroom on the Pioneer campus of Quincy Elementary School yesterday, Jan. 4,  after a positive case was reported from that classroom. It wasn’t reported whether it was a student or an adult who had tested positive.

When asked why the classroom was closed, Plumas Unified Superintendent Terry Oestreich said it was because of inconsistent mask wearing in the classroom, and the types of interaction that second-graders have that would make it unsafe for them continue to interact.

While that may be true of that classroom, other teachers want it known that they do everything they can to protect their students, which includes insisting on consistent mask wearing, proper sanitation, the use of powerful air filters and keeping fresh air circulating in their classrooms.

These measures have kept other classrooms opens, even with children in kindergarten, which has a higher degree of close contact than with older students.

It’s unknown how long this particular classroom will be closed. Plumas Unified is working with the Plumas County Public Health Agency to determine when it will be safe for students to return. The entities are also working on protocols that follow the latest CDC guidelines.