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Paso Robles H.S. students call for return to on-campus classes

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Posted at 5:14 PM, Oct 13, 2020

As school districts on the Central Coast revisit their plans to return to the classroom, some students are sending a clear message to administrators.

Tuesday morning, a group of high school students gathered in the parking lot at Paso Robles High School to call for an early return to class.

"Our education is our right. That's been taken away from us," said Presley Bodenshot, Paso Robles High School ASU President. "As young adults, we want to be heard and we want to let them know that we want a choice. We're not fighting for everyone to go back, we're fighting for the choice to go back."

"To be honest, we miss them too. We want our kids back. We want them back in the classroom with our teachers as soon as we possibly can, safely and organized," said Anthony Overton, Paso Robles High School Principal.

Last week, the Paso Robles Joint Unified School Board approved a hybrid plan to allow students in TK and kindergarten to start on a split schedule by November 2. First and second graders will start on November 16, and third through fifth graders will start on November 30.

Students in grades six through 12 will have to wait to return until January.

Templeton High School students filled the school parking lot with similar demands. They are set to return to campus on November 30.