Some parents are relieved, saying the distance learning format just doesn't work. Others, are still not ready to send their children back to classrooms.
- The phased-in approach would start with the youngest students at certain school sites, but ABC 7 News reporter Cornell Bernard shows us, not all parents are ready to send their kids back to the classroom.
GABRIELA LOPEZ: I'm very grateful to be able to share with you that SFUSD is on track to offer in-person learning options.
CORNELL BERNARD: School Board President Gabriella Lopez says that in-person learning starts April 12th, beginning with preschool through second grade students at about a dozen schools.
SIVA RAJ: It's great that they finally actually set a date. It's what a lot of parents in the community have been desperately asking the school district to do.
CORNELL BERNARD: Siva Raj is one of many parents who rallied for schools to reopen. He says remote learning has been a failure for his two sons, 8 and 14.
SIVA RAJ: But something has to be done about this because the format just doesn't work.
CORNELL BERNARD: The Teachers Union likes the return-to-classroom plan, which includes health and safety protocols, and vaccinations for school staff.
SUSAN SOLOMON: Every morning, before anybody comes into the building, there will be a screening-- a health screening-- and then ventilation measures as well. So all of those layers of protection, and including, most recently and most significantly, vaccinations for us.
CORNELL BERNARD: The tentative agreement comes after months of bitter debate over how and when students would return to the classroom, including a lawsuit by the City over reopening, supported by Mayor London Breed.
LONDON BREED: You know, the grown-ups need to get their act together and make sure that we do what's in the best interest of the kids of this City.
CORNELL BERNARD: Will you keep your kids home?
CORNELL BERNARD: But not all parents will send their kids back to the classroom. Lina Li believes it's still too dangerous.
LINA LI: Safe at home right now. I don't think the go back to school is good right now for the kid.
CORNELL BERNARD: Superintendent Dr. Vincent Matthews says no pressure, there's a plan for that.
VINCENT MATTHEWS: We will also continue to provide distance learning for the remainder of the school year that ends in June.
CORNELL BERNARD: But it's still unclear when older students can return for in-person learning. The district says more details will be released on Monday. In San Francisco, Cornell Bernard, ABC 7 News.