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Lompoc Unified schools could return to in-person learning in January

Posted at 7:48 AM, Oct 14, 2020
and last updated 2020-10-14 10:48:04-04

The Lompoc Unified School District board met again Tuesday evening to discuss school reopening plans.

The district has been in a virtual learning model since March.

After a presentation on what returning to school would look like and safety measures that would be in place, the board ultimately voted 3-1 to reopen in January. One board member was absent.

The anticipated date for elementary schools to return is Jan. 11 with an anticipated secondary date of Jan. 25.

A final decision is expected at a board meeting in early January.

Tuesday night, the board heard from a handful of teachers, parents and even students on why they want to either return now or wait.

One board member requested that if Santa Barbara County moves into the orange tier, the board revisits again the plan for reopening.

As of Tuesday, Oct. 13, Santa Barbara County has been in the state's COVID-19 red tier for two consecutive weeks, which means schools in the county can now reopen for in-person instruction with modifications.

The board’s next meeting is Oct. 27.