Elementary students prepare for return to classroom learning

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Murrieta Mesa High School is preparing for a return to classroom learning some time in the spring, while district elementary schools are readying to return March 15. Valley News/Shane Gibson photo
With the COVID-19 state-adjusted positivity rate dropping below 10% in Riverside County – the lowest in almost three months at 7.6% down from 11% last week, according to the Riverside University Health System – elementary schools are now able to begin reopening under Gov. Gavin Newsom’s Safe Schools for All plan. The latest data, however, doesn’t mean that districts will be sending elementary school students back to the classroom immediately, if at all, during the current school year. Before reopening for in-person instruction, all districts, including those in southwest Riverside County, must submit plans showing they have met Cal-OSHA regulations for COVID-19 health and safety protections and have completed a separate checklist of health and safety practices. Social distanc
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