Reynolds Middle returns to online learning, citing student fights
Reynolds Middle School will temporarily return to remote distance learning, as administrator struggle with a series of student fights and disruptions.
Reynolds Middle School will be closed Thursday, Nov. 18, and Friday, Nov. 19, as teachers and support staff prepare to transition into short-term distance learning, the district said in a letter to parents.
The school will remain closed, with students learning from home starting Tuesday, Nov. 22 through Tuesday, Dec. 7.
In a letter to the Reynolds Middle School families, Superintendent of Schools Danna Diaz addressed the need for short-term distance learning, saying many students were struggling to integrate back to in-person instruction.
Diaz writes that the changes in learning methods and isolation caused by COVID-19 has taken a toll on the well-being of the school's students and staff.
The letter points to students' struggle to socialize, which has caused disruption in the classroom and the ability for students to learn.
"(Fights) have played a factor in the decision (to return to distance-learning)," said Steve Padilla, the district's assistant director of public relations. "The teachers union approached Dr. Diaz, and said they felt like they couldn't teach with these outbursts in the classroom and the fighting in the halls."
During the two week distance learning time, the middle school administrators, teachers, and support staff will work to implement operational safety procedures for the return to in-person learning again starting Tuesday, Dec 7.
Students will return gradually to in-person instruction with sixth-graders returning on Tuesday, Dec. 7, while seventh and eighth grade students will remain virtual only. Wednesday, Dec. 8, will only have seventh grade students return in-person and Thursday, Dec. 9, will only have eighth grade students. All grades will return to in-person instruction on Friday, Dec. 10.
Padilla said that the school might need to add a few more days of instruction because of the days used to prepare for distance learning, but will look closer at that as the school year comes closer to the end.
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