Elementary school students in Yuma return to class with full COVID logs

As COVID-19 cases continue to rise, schools will continue to operate, but the county and counties are doing everything they can to ensure the safety of students and staff – Luis Lopez of 13 On Your Side reports

YUMA, Ariz. (KYMA, KECY) – Classes are back for thousands of elementary school students in Yuma County, and right now, not even COVID is stopping them from reading the books.

The numbers are alarming as the county has the highest number of cases per week since December 2020. Currently, an average of nearly 106 new cases per day per 100,000 population, according to COVIDactnow.org

On Monday, January 11th, District One in Yuma welcomed the students again.

District community engagement coordinator Christine McCoy says protocols will stay the same, at least for now, despite the spike.

Things like wearing masks and social distancing, as well as asking parents to check their students for COVID symptoms on a daily basis, are introduced.

But the district also wants to give students a feeling of normalcy.

“We are not currently implementing strict protocols that would cancel breaks or activities or anything,” said McCoy.

Even so, McCoy says, the district still understands the seriousness of the surge.

“We are only on high alert to monitor the situation. All of our guidelines are still proven to have reduced spill on campus and we will continue those guidelines, ”said McCoy.

Another problem is that you may have to return to distance learning.

Yuma County’s principal Tom Tyree says that while safety is a top priority, schools want children to stay on campus.

“I think while all of our school districts are trying their best at this point to make sure they stay open for direct classes,” said Tyree.

Both District One and the county as a whole said distance learning is not currently being considered, but they at least feel prepared for it should they do it again.

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