Students return as infections force quarantines

Many schools in California are opening up to hybrid models and CVHS is no different. The new hybrid schedule and format began districtwide the week of April 12. The new format has brought benefits as well as new challenges, as 35 staff members and 29 students have tested positive for COVID in the school district since July 1, 2020, forcing dozens of people to quarantine. 

“If people had exposure in the last 14 days or show symptoms, they have to stay away from our school,” said Assistant Principal Kevin Baker. 

Most on campus classes at CVHS average around eight to ten students so they are not overcrowded. 

“Hybrid is going pretty well because there’s a lot less people on campus, maybe about a fourth of the whole school,” said teacher Kelley O’Hern. 

Fewer people is a necessity; because of COVID-19, schools can’t be crowded because it would pose a higher risk to everyone at that location. Out of all the district schools, CVHS has the lowest percentage of students going back in person while the elementary and middle schools have higher percentages.

“It’s good for kids who need human contact and to see other people than the people in their household to get out of the house,” said teacher Kevin Batchelor.

Junior Jessica Truong adds to this point noting that she is more focused when she is in person as opposed to being at home

While hybrid has its advantages, it also has its disadvantages. Teachers find it difficult to navigate both a classroom of students as well as students at home on zoom; it’s hard to make class engaging and worthwhile for both parties.

“There isn’t really anything to improve, the only drawback is that it’s hard to do ten kids in person and 20 on Zoom and make it work for both groups,” said Batchelor. 

While only about a fourth of the school is on campus, navigating the school is now different; there are arrows to follow and everyone has a specific gate they need to enter and exit from. 

“I feel like the gate system is weird because it’s inconvenient for a lot of people, plus I find it kinda weird how the gate system was made to make it so people aren’t crowding at gates but then the health screener check clogs them and we all have to stand in a crowd at the gate every morning,” said junior Alaina Retodo. 

The gate system was made to reduce contact but contrary to the plans, there is still a lot of contact between students waiting in line at them, Retodo said. 

CVHS reported just one active COVID case, which involved a staff member, in early May. Since last summer, six CVHS staff members and 13 CVHS students have reported positive tests. 

The district offers testing for staff and students, which has caught a few cases early thus lowering everyone’s risk as those infected have quarantined and stayed off-campus. 

“When someone tests positive it is reported to the nurse who will report it to the district. It is then reported to the principal of the school and the student or staff member along with their cohort is sent to quarantine for two weeks,” said union president Mark Mladinich. 

CVHS is taking as much precaution as possible and following the county guidelines. School officials hope that the abiding by health guidelines during hybrid instruction and the ongoing vaccination effort will allow campuses to more fully reopen in the fall. 

10 thoughts on “Students return as infections force quarantines

  • May 21, 2021 at 11:12 pm
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    I agree with this but i stayed home because i didn’t want to risk it the slightest bit, but i’m glad that other students feel safe and are having a good time at school.

  • May 19, 2021 at 11:48 pm
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    I am glad CVHS will go completely in person in the fall. I think they are many benefits to in person classes and I think a lot of kids will be more engaged when it’s in person. I was honestly expecting more people to get covid than have, I feel very safe on campus.

  • May 19, 2021 at 3:13 pm
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    I am glad that maybe there is a chance that schools will fully reopen this upcoming fall, even if not likely. The procedures seem more complicated and time-consuming, and it is hard to tell where the balances of benefits are. Hopefully over the summer and toward the fall, we will get a clearer picture about what is to happen.

  • May 19, 2021 at 9:37 am
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    I know that many students need an in-person learning environment to flourish on campus, which is why the hybrid model is great. I am glad to see that the school has taken the necessary precautions to ensure the safety of students on campus and hopefully we can soon move to full on campus learning.

  • May 18, 2021 at 4:07 pm
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    I agree that there are many upsides and downsides to going back to school which is why I decided to stay home but I’m glad a lot of students feel safe going back.

  • May 18, 2021 at 1:23 pm
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    I agree with John. Safety > proper learning environment anyway cause how do you expect to learn if you’re sick. As we move forward, more vaccinations are rolling out and I am waiting for a near fully vaccinated school!

  • May 18, 2021 at 11:09 am
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    I think its honestly kinda amazing how few people have gotten Covid since we returned. I though it was going to skyrocket but this really isn’t that bad. I’m glad the schools are making positive tests stay home and quarantine to keep everyone safe.

  • May 17, 2021 at 9:54 pm
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    I think safety should be prioritized above being in a proper learning environment, but lots of students are vacced at this point so it’s probably a bit safer than if school had went in-person in September.

  • May 17, 2021 at 10:01 am
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    I think there are pros and cons for both in-person and virtual learning, but I think it’s important for the student to decide what they want to do.

  • May 16, 2021 at 10:49 pm
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    Although there are many risks of COVID outbreaks happening on campus if everyone returns, I personally prefer virtual because I feel safer and I still gain the same knowledge as in person.

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