As a California school district prepares for the start of its 2017-18 school year, its teachers, administrators and students are struggling with how to cope with the sudden and unexpected outbreak of the coronavirus.
While most California schools have been doing everything they can to prepare for the arrival of a new virus, a few have been putting the finishing touches on a new curriculum.
“The whole idea was that it’s a bit of a learning curve,” said school district superintendent Michael O’Neill, who has overseen more than 1,000 students in the district’s seven schools.
“The new curriculum is meant to help prepare students for when they are out of the classroom and that it also provides guidance for how to deal with the next school year.”
To prepare students, O’Neil’s staff has been working with the California Department of Education, which is working with a team of specialists and scientists to develop a new syllabus for the district.
It is intended to provide students with a framework in which they can better understand the risks of the virus.
“We are hoping that the new curriculum will be a bit more digestible, but that it will also be something that will allow students to understand the science behind the outbreak,” said O’Donnell, who added that the district hopes to begin offering classes in early spring.
In the meantime, the district has started making plans to open its classrooms and other public spaces to students in May.
“This year we’re planning to open the classrooms and open up the spaces to all students,” said Principal Kevin McNeil.
“It’s just been a gradual process.
We are definitely making sure we have everything ready for the students.”
For the first time in more than two decades, the school district will open a new school in Los Angeles.
The new building, which opened in November, will house a classroom, cafeteria, library, library room and two offices.
It is the first building in the Los Angeles area that will be open to students.
“It’s a real opportunity to open up our school to students,” O’Brien said.
“We’re trying to build a curriculum that students can really connect to.”
As the district prepares to open, the health department says that it has been in contact with a few schools to make sure that they are on top of their own immunization schedules.
But while the health officials say they are ready to begin vaccinating students, they are still working to ensure that the entire district is up to date on how to protect themselves.
“What we are trying to do is make sure we are vaccinating everyone,” said district health officer Dr. Elizabeth A. Gaddis.
“That means we have to make certain that every single school is vaccinating every single student, and that includes the teachers.”
The district has a list of teachers who are already on the new schedule and is urging students to sign up for the immunization program.
“You’re not going to find any teachers who have missed any shots, and you’re going to get the full range of vaccines for everyone in the building,” said Gaddi.