By The Leader Staff
Lemoore High School District Board of Trustees approves plan to return students to class by January 11

The Lemoore High School Board of Trustees voted on October 22 to begin the process of bringing students back to campus, and on that note, the district expects all students to return to campus by Monday, January 11, 2021.

District leaders plan to bring students back to school in stages to promote their safety.

“As we progress toward that reopening, we will be bringing groups of students on our campuses in stages to ensure that all of the precautions that we have in place will ensure everyone’s safety. School officials advise that the student’s individual school contact parents if the parents’ child plans to attend. Participation will be voluntary,” stated a Thursday post on the district’s website.

The reopening plan can be found on the district’s website

To reduce the spread of COVID-19 throughout the school, the district has purchased what they refer to as state-of-the-art bipolar ionization units in the heating and air conditioning units, which officials say will kill the COVID-19 virus in the air.

The district will also reinforce mandates for masks and social distancing while on campus, along with other efforts to combat the virus, including hand sanitizer stations scattered throughout the campus.

School officials say the proposed timeline will allow the district and students to “get past the flu and holiday seasons,” which could spike COVID-19 cases, possibly forcing the district to close down before winter break.

The proposed timeline also allows teachers to prepare for the expected transition to the classroom.

As cited on the website, school officials are currently developing schedules in anticipation of their schools’ reopening. The opening will include the district’s alternative education program and Middle College High School, located on the West Hills College Lemoore campus.

As currently envisioned, Lemoore will likely begin with a schedule that involves just half of the student body on campus at a time to allow for social distancing requirements and transportation needs. Jamison High School and Lemoore Middle College High School will allow all its students at the same time.

Parents will retain parents' option to remain in distance learning or enroll in Independent Study or the school’s online high school.

The Lemoore Union High School District has listed the following precautions that parents and students may take to return successfully to Lemoore High School.