Schools Opening Doors

Some Students Will Attend Some Classes Some of the Time

Coalinga Huron Unified School District won’t exactly be throwing the doors open next week, but some students will be returning to school in what is termed: Hybrid Learning. The hybrid model of learning is a blend of both in person instruction and distance learning. The amount of time and number of days in the classroom will vary according to age group and other needs.


CHUSD is planning to open next Monday, April 19th, for some specific groups of students based on special funding. The groups are:

(a) “Disengaged pupil” means a pupil identified for tiered re-engagement strategies pursuant to paragraph (2) of subdivision (f) of Section 43504.*

(b) “Eligible for free or reduced-price meals” has the same meaning as in Section 42238.01.*

(c) “English learner” has the same meaning as in Section 42238.01.*

(d) “Foster youth” has the same meaning as in Section 42238.01.*

(e) “Homeless pupil” means a pupil who meets the definition of “homeless children and youths” in subsection (2) of Section 725 of the federal McKinney-Vento Homeless Assistance Act (42 U.S.C. Sec. 11434a(2)).

(f) “Pupils at risk of abuse, neglect, or exploitation” means pupils who are so identified in a written referral from a legal, medical, or social service agency, or emergency shelter.

Students who meet this criteria in any grade will be contacted by their schools (if they haven’t already!) and offered a spot in the hybrid model.

The vast majority of CHUSD students can fit into one of these criteria and can plan on some form of hybrid school.

Of course, the next question is, what about kids who are not in one of those groups? The answer is that we will be trying to accommodate as many as we can given the safety rules we must follow. Our most difficult piece will be transportation, as we still cannot pack buses as we used to.

Students on the bus and in classrooms will be spaced 3 feet apart, seat to seat. However, the spacing in other areas such as halls and cafeterias will be six feet. We’d like to serve as many students as possible that want to return over the next several weeks. If any parent would like more information, be sure to contact your child’s teacher or the school office. We are very excited that we are able to expand the students we’re bringing back!

Along with this happy occasion, we need to remind everybody that Covid is still out there, and we must all remain vigilant so that we can continue our opening and avoid any future closures. It’s taken all of us to get this far and it will take all of us to keep going in the right direction!

There will be a special school board meeting this evening, April 13, at 6 PM. Next Tuesday, April 20, will be the regularly scheduled School Board Meeting.

*Paragraphs of California Education Code applicable to this article.