CUSD Students K-6 Allowed to Return to Classrooms

Superintendent Eimear O’Farrell addressing the board during the CUSD board meeting on February 3, 2021. (CUSD)

On February 3, Clovis Unified held a board meeting to discuss the return of students for on-campus learning.

During the meeting, Superintendent Eimear O’Farrell announced she received notice from the Fresno County Department of Health stating schools K-6 can resume their phase of reopening due to the improvement of the county’s COVID-19 cases.

In the letter, it also stated schools can begin to phase students back into classrooms on February 8.

The students who are able to return are K-6 students. CUSD currently has 2,300 students that need to be phased back in. There are 9,600 students that have already been phased into on-campus learning.

Fresno County has yet to provide information on the return of 7-12 graders for in-class instruction.

Prior to the announcement, many parents and students spoke out at the meeting stating they have had enough of online schooling. They also felt the board was not doing enough in bringing students back to the classrooms.

Outside of the building, a group of parents, teachers, and students stood with signs demanding the schools to open up.

Tori Lavon is a Multimedia Journalist from Reedley, California. She received her Bachelor's in Mass Communications and Journalism with an emphasis in Broadcasting from California State University, Fresno. Currently, she is a radio intern at One Putt Broadcasting. On occasion, Tori has the opportunity to be on-air with talent. She is getting her start in media. She has a passion for reporting, photography, and videography. Tori also has a love for art; she loves to draw, paint, and does pottery on the side. One day she hopes she can be on-air talent at a radio station as well.