A growing number of Orange County school districts are developing plans to offer in-person learning five days a week. The extended instruction models come on the heels of updated state guidance, including more relaxed physical distancing guidelines as well as a decline in the number of COVID-19 cases across the county.
Officials from the Brea Olinda, Placentia-Yorba Linda, Newport-Mesa, Ocean View, Saddleback Valley and Tustin school districts are among those that notified families of their intent to bring students back to school for greater amounts of time next month after spring break. A virtual learning option will remain available for all students.
While more OC districts are extending in-person learning, a number of districts such as Buena Park, Cypress and Irvine Unified have been offering a more traditional, five-day model since September and October.
Additional information on instructional models offered by each district can be found on their respective websites.
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