Oakland Unified School District students return to in-person learning

OAKLAND, Calif. (KGO) – After 17 months of online classes, the date is set, the signs are in place, and the empty classrooms are ready to welcome students again.

“We’re very excited, it’s been a long wait for this day,” said Yve Saville, Parent and Oakland teacher.

Among these students are Tula, 12, and her brother Jude, 10. Their mom Yve Saville says they were looking forward to Monday, especially Tula who is vaccinated.

“My oldest is really excited to be back, she’s very sociable and my youngest is a little hesitant but I think he’ll be really happy when he gets back,” said Saville.

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The school district says masks will be required at all times inside their buildings, but vaccines will not be required for teachers or students. In case a student is positive for COVID, he has a plan.

“This student will have to self-isolate at home in quarantine for 14 days, but beyond that, anyone who may have been exposed can stay in class as long as they are tested twice if they have no symptoms,” said John Sasaki with the Oakland Unified School District.

Out of 36,000 students, OUSD indicates that approximately 850 will continue online courses.

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“We spent a year and a half doing whatever we could to give the students the best possible education and throw it all away weeks or months before they could get themselves vaccinated, I think that ‘ is cruel, I think it’s wrong, “said OUSD teacher Adarene Hoag.

One of the teachers who will stay on zoom is Mark Airgood.

“I don’t want to go back there myself, but I don’t want to participate in bringing the kids back to these campuses,” Airgood said.

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We raised these concerns with Dr. David Cornfield, chief of pulmonary, asthma and sleep medicine and medical director of respiratory therapy at Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital in Stanford.

“Even though there are increasing rates of hospitalizations among children infected with COVID-19, these rates remain low,” said Dr. Cornfield.
Dr Cornfield says the best way to protect children is to wear a mask and get vaccinated if they are 12 and over.

Luz Pena: “Let’s describe the scenario, tomorrow the kids are going back to face-to-face classes in Oakland and they’re going to be in a class of maybe 30 other kids with a teacher who’s vaccinated. Are they at risk?”

Dr Cornfield: “I think anyone who is not vaccinated is at risk … I think most of us think the benefits of school far outweigh the risks of COVID-19 infection. of an individual.

Dr Cornfield is also urging parents to get vaccinated to protect everyone at home.

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