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Santa Cruz County schools plan to begin hybrid in-person learning in January

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SANTA CRUZ COUNTY, Calif. (KION) Santa Cruz County schools plan expand in-person learning soon.

The Office of Education said expects county schools to move to hybrid in-person instruction starting in January 2021, and it will be hosting a virtual press conference Monday to discuss criteria for reopening and plans for the future.

"We know that distance learning has been a tremendous challenge for families," said Santa Cruz County Superintendent of Schools Dr. Faris Sabbah. "School district and charter school leaders are eager to bring back in-person instructional programs to the fullest extent possible; however the safety and well-being of students, educators and families are paramount as we make decisions to return to in-person instruction. Schools represent a critical cornerstone in the community, and it is with this in mind that educators are working aggressively to create safe spaces for students and staff to return to in-person instruction."

Two of the factors the Office of Education said it will use as criteria for opening in-person are readiness systems and health conditions. Readiness systems includes surveillance testing, environment reviews, contact tracing and support of school communities, while health conditions include county risk level, epidemiological conditions and outbreaks.

If the criteria is met, the Office of Education hopes to move to hybrid in-person learning in January.

The virtual press conference will be held on Nov. 2 at 3 p.m., and a link to it can be found here.

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Avery Johnson

Avery Johnson is the Digital Content Director at KION News Channel 5/46.

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  1. @Avery
    THANK YOU for an actual NEWS story. Such stories are extremely rare. I’ll explain:
    Following is why I have ZERO respect for virtually EVERY ‘news’ organization today.
    More than that, I think they are the cause of almost all unrest, depression and degrading of quality of life in America.
    15 years ago, I attended a fundraising dinner in Pebble Beach. I was seated beside the Editor of the Monterey Herald. When asked if I enjoyed The Herald, I said ‘no, I do not subscribe to it nor wish to read it’. The Editor asked ‘Why?”
    I replied “I was tired of literally every story having to create anger, hostility and dischord in everything, even when it does not exist.” “If someone gave a million dollars to every resident of Monterey County, news media would report that ‘some people are offended that it was not more than a million, was skewed to and away from Hispanics, blacks, whites, or might cause crime.”
    The Editor replied, very seriously, “Well, without CONTROVERSY, it is not journalism”.
    From that moment on, I knew that everything I read and watch is written in that style and with that philosophy, perhaps taught in ‘journalism classes, a tool that causes depression, hopelessness, mistrust and unhappiness, whether that result is intentional or unintentional.

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