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Assumption School Reopens On-Site Kindergarten In San Leandro

SAN LEANDRO, CA — Assumption School in San Leandro reopened Monday for in-person learning for its transitional-kindergarten and kindergarten classes in a hybrid format for half-day classes.

Parents wishing to keep their children enrolled in distance-learning still have that option, school officials said.

Assumption is taking a “measured approach” to its return to in-person teaching and will phase in the return of first- through fifth-grades over the next few months, officials said.

Assumption’s reopening for TK and K students follows Alameda County hitting the state’s Orange Tier category, which allows elementary schools to hold in-class instruction providing COVID-19 health plans are in place and submitted to Alameda County’s Office of Education and Public Health Department.

Assumption’s reopening plan covers procedures for physical distancing, routine testing of staff, daily cleaning and disinfecting of learning spaces and increased ventilation, Principal Lana Rocheford said. The reopening is another step in supporting students in this “new normal,” with staggered attendance and the boost in digital-education, along with a maintenance routine of health and safety practices to help prevent coronavirus spread.

“Whether before the pandemic or now, and whether we are distance-learning or in-person, it has always been about how we can create a place where students will feel safe, nurtured, respected and treasured,” Rocheford said.

The parent of one kindergartner said her son is thrilled to return to the classroom.

“It has been a balancing act trying to manage work and both of my sons’ distance learning, all while trying to keep my family safe and healthy during this pandemic,” said Erica Marr. “We are thankful that Israel can return back to the classroom and experience kindergarten in-person this school year. The school has worked hard to get to this point.”

This article originally appeared on the San Leandro Patch

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