LHS prepares for students to return to campus

Lassen High School, and many schools throughout the county, are preparing for students to return to campus Monday, Jan. 4.

“Our custodial staff have been busy working hard to go ahead and make sure we’re ready to for your kids back on Jan. 4,” said Lassen Union High School District Principal and Superintendent Morgan Nugent during a Monday, Dec. 28 Facebook live video. “As long as we’ve got teachers here and staff, we’re going to go ahead and be planning to open so we make sure we’re serving our kids’ needs.”

In mid December, Lassen County Superintendent of Schools Patty Gunderson issued a statement noting most Lassen County schools would return to in-person learning Jan. 4, with the exception of Westwood Unified School District.

“After speaking with the local Public Health Official, I want to let families and our community know that the local health order in which the Public Health Department directed all schools in Lassen County to close and move to distance learning, will expire Dec. 31, 2020, and all schools will be returning to in-person learning on Jan. 4, 2021. Westwood Unified School District, however, has elected to continue with distance learning until the end of the semester. Each school district will continue to implement their local Plans and revert to distance learning as needed based upon student and staff COVID exposures and/or concerns,” read a statement from Gunderson.

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For Lassen High School, Nugent said there would be a change regarding the schedule.

“We are going to be changing our schedule up a little bit. Basically, what we are going to be looking at is starting at 8:30 a.m. at ending at 2:36 p.m. This will give custodial staff a little additional time for some extra cleaning that will be taking place,” Nugent added in the live video.

“But I’ll be honest with you,” he continued. “We also really need you guys, our Lassen family out there, if your kids are sick, please make sure to keep them home. We want to make sure we keep our doors open as long as we can. And we want to make sure that our kids continue to get a quality education at Lassen High.”

Nugent added the school wanted to keep the doors open safely, not just for students, but for staff as well.

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In the mid December statement from Gunderson, she urged parents and guardians to check their district’s website, social media, and/or notification system for specific information regarding their child’s school.