When students go back to school this fall, things will be very different no doubt. State Superintendent Tony Thurmond predicts class sizes will typically be capped at between 10 and 15 students in order to ensure proper physical distancing.
All staff are being asked to wear face coverings or a clear face shield that allows students to see their expressions.
Students will be required to wear face coverings at a minimum: waiting to enter school, while on school grounds (except while eating), leaving schools and on school buses. Districts also have the option to mandate face coverings for students in the classroom.
In cafeterias, self-service buffets and shared tables are going to suspended. Students may eat their lunches in the classroom, spaced out at their desks.
The Department of Education also provides districts with four scheduling options that will make it easier to space students out with rotations like some kids coming to school on Monday and Wednesday while others attend Tuesday and Thursday.
Even as classrooms reopen, the state is asking districts to keep distance learning as an option for students who prefer it.
Jack Kulp and Carolyn McArdle talked about it on the air. Listen below...