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The Long Beach School District has revised its plans for having students return next month. On Tuesday night, the school board retained the opening of school date of August 6, but approved the assignment of students to two teams, with each team going to school on alternating weeks until September 8, unless the board reviews and decides otherwise.

The first team, the Maroon Team, will report for their first day of school on August 6. The White Team will report for their first day on August 7. The following week, August 10-14, the Maroon Team will go to school Monday through Friday, while the White Team stays off campus. August 17-21 will see the White Team on campus in person, while the Maroon Team is at home. The Maroon Team is on campus again from August 24-29, and the White Team will be in-person August 31-September 4. On September 8, the current plan calls for all students reporting as normal.

Students are required to attend school every day with their team, unless the school district is provided with a statement that includes a doctor’s signed recommendation that the child not attend classes due to documented health reasons specifically related to the child or because the child has someone in their home in a high-risk category. Distance learning will be provided for those students with the appropriate documentation, and the child must remain in the distance learning option for the entire semester and cannot participate in extracurricular activities, including athletics.

Protocols will be in place for health and safety of all students. Temperature checks will be completed daily, and students with a temperature of 100 degrees or more will have to be picked up immediately.

Among other adjustments, class changes in the upper grades will be staggered, and social distancing guidelines will be implemented as much as possible. In order to allow for social distancing to be arranged in the cafeteria spaces, classes will alternate between eating in the cafeteria and the classroom.

No parents or visitors will be allowed past the front office areas of all schools, and they must wear face coverings while in the front office area. Students and staff will wear face masks in all areas where social distancing is not possible.

School officials remind parents that the school district’s reopening plans are fluid and could change again as guidelines are adjusted by local health and government officials.

The plan outlines transportation, extracurriculars, gatherings, health measures and more and can be viewed on the LBSD website at www.LBSDK12.com.

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