TUHSD announces plans to return to fully in-person school starting April 13

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Toby Gibbons

HS1327 Seniors join their classmates to receive their Welcome Back Goodie Bags on the first day of hybrid learning, March 2.

Tues., Mar. 23, during the fourth week of hybrid learning, an email was released announcing that the Tamalpais Union High School District (TUHSD) will return to fully in-person school on Apr. 13. 

Previous information, released Fri., Mar. 19, suggested that the district would move from three to two cohorts after spring break. However, new studies from the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and the Center for Infectious Diseases (CID) indicate that the previous six feet required between people for COVID-19 safety can now be three feet in K-12 schools.

CDC now recommends that, with universal masking, students should maintain a distance of at least 3 feet in classroom settings,” said an article on the CDC website

Since teachers in the TUHSD are being vaccinated and should be fully vaccinated by the end of spring break (with certain exceptions), all teachers and students will be back on the High School 1327 (HS 1327), Redwood, and Tamalpais High campuses. 

An illustration depicting the new guidelines in which students will be three feet apart. (Dominic Haggard)

“As a worker I feel like, if it’s safe, then that’s okay,” said David Gutfeld, a teacher at HS 1327, “We need to be very careful and really use our science and figure out what our science is telling us and what our data tells us.”

After attending virtual school for almost a year and then just four weeks of hybrid learning, jumping back into a full school schedule may concern some students. 

“I just think it’s too many people. For me, it would stress me out. To be in a space with that many people every day because I haven’t been in a space with that many people in over a year,” said Reiley Dillon, a sophomore at HS 1327.

The email from the TUHSD said that by Apr. 13, all teachers will have had the opportunity to be fully vaccinated, furniture will be put back into the classrooms, and nutrition services will be prepared to provide food to a larger number of students each day.

According to the email, “the Tamalpais Federation of Teachers (TFT) and the District have been in discussion and have come to agreement on returning to 100% in person learning.”

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