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Clovis Unified Parent Torn Between On-Campus or Online Learning


On Wednesday, the Clovis Unified School District voted to allow parents to choose between sending their kids to school five days a week or participating in online-learning. While many parents say they are on board, some parents are torn. 


Elvira Galindo’s daughter will be a freshman at Clovis North High School this fall. She said when she heard the district’s decision, she was shocked. 


“Considering that Central Unified had already made the safe decision to continue with distance learning, I was pretty hopeful that Clovis Unified would also continue distance learning because of the surge of the virus and the cases of COVID increasing,” Galindo said.


She said the district has not convinced her that they can ensure the safety of her daughter. Still, her daughter is eager to start her high school experience on campus and Galindo does not want to deprive her of that experience. 


“But I’m very worried about the safety. I’d like to get more info as to what returning to school is going to look like,” she said. “Is there going to be social distancing available? How are they going to be monitoring for anyone that possibly is infected? And how are they going to get that word out to the parents?”  


The district said it will release safety and health guidelines later this week. In the meantime, Galindo plans to sit down with her husband and daughter to discuss the best solution for their family. 

Madi Bolanos covered immigration and underserved communities for KVPR from 2020-2022. Before joining the station, she interned for POLITCO in Washington D.C. where she reported on US trade and agriculture as well as indigenous women’s issues during the Canadian election. She earned a bachelor’s degree in journalism with a minor in anthropology from San Francisco State University. Madi spent a semester studying at the Danish Media and Journalism School where she covered EU policies in Brussels and alleged police brutality at the Croatian-Serbian border.