Some Central Unified students returning to campuses this week

Classes will be back in session this morning for thousands of students at Central Unified.

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- This Monday, more students are returning to campuses across the Central Valley. Action News reporter, Elisa Navarro joins us now, live from Teague Elementary School with more on what Central Unified is doing to bring their students back. Good morning, Elisa.

ELISA NAVARRO: Good morning. It's time for Central Unified students to return to campus starting this week, after almost a year, or a little over a year actually. TK through sixth graders will return to campus this week. And the return will happen in a hybrid model, where students are divided into three groups, two of which are returning to school and one for online learning.

TK through second grade will have online classes on Monday and in-person the rest of the week. Third through sixth grade will have online classes Monday, Wednesday, Friday and online Tuesday, Thursday. Central Unified school district superintendent, Andrew Alvarado, says they wanted to ensure students and staff felt safe prior to their return. In March, they held a two-day vaccination clinic where about 1,000 out of the 1,600 staff members registered to get the vaccine.

ANDREW ALVARADO: I just want them to know that we're doing everything that we can and that we need to in order to bring our kids back.

ELISA NAVARRO: They had planned to bring middle and high school students back when the county reached the orange tier. But even though Fresno is currently in the red tier, they are set for those students to return to campus next week on April 19.

Alvarado says safety measures will be in place like social distancing, wearing a mask, and constantly cleaning surfaces around campus. Now another thing, parents must hold a COVID-19 health screening for their students before they drop them off. Live in Northwest Fresno. Action News AM Live.