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Vista Unified allows in-person, virtual learning models

VISTA — Students will be able to attend schools in person starting Oct. 20.

The Vista Unified School District Board of Education approved two models, in-person and virtual, in line with state and county guidelines for COVID-19. While school began on Sept. 8 through distance learning, the board approved the hybrid model during its Sept. 29 meeting.

As for the logistics, students two-years and older are required to wear facemasks unless exempted, according to the district’s website. Also, areas of use will be disinfected each day and entering and exiting campuses will be limited to several access points.

“This new status report for San Diego County allows Vista Unified to continue with our planned reopening for Vista Classic on Oct. 20 … for all grade levels,” VUSD Superintendent Matt Doyle said in a community update.

When entering school sites, parents are asked to pre-screen their children as the district is not conducting temperature checks; although the VUSD has put procedures in place for daily symptom monitoring for staff.

The district is also advising sick staff members and students not to return until they have met the Centers for Disease Control criteria to discontinue home isolation. This criterion includes going three days with no fever, the symptoms have improved and 10 days have passed since the symptoms first appeared, according to the VUSD website.

If a student or staff member tests positive for COVID-19, the district will consult with the county health department to make an assessment. The classroom or office where the patient was based “will typically need to close temporarily,” and standard home isolation is 14