Younger students in Santa Clarita-area districts returning to campus


  • Kindergarten teacher Mrs. Frandson shows Cecilia Johnson, 5, how to use hand sanitizer in her Valencia Valley Elementary School classroom in Santa Clarita as students return for in person learning on Monday, February 22, 2021 since the pandemic began. First and second graders return on Wednesday for hybrid learning. (Photo by Sarah Reingewirtz, Los Angeles Daily News/SCNG)

  • Kindergartners return to Valencia Valley Elementary School in Santa Clarita for the first time since the pandemic began on Monday, February 22, 2021. First and second graders return on Wednesday for hybrid learning. (Photo by Sarah Reingewirtz, Los Angeles Daily News/SCNG)

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  • Kindergarten teacher Mrs. Frandson welcomes Cecilia Johnson, 5, to her Valencia Valley Elementary School classroom in Santa Clarita as students return for in person learning on Monday, February 22, 2021 since the pandemic began. Matt Johnson gives his daughter her jacket before saying goodbye. (Photo by Sarah Reingewirtz, Los Angeles Daily News/SCNG)

  • Kindergarten teacher Mrs. Frandson welcomes Cecilia Johnson, 5, to her Valencia Valley Elementary School classroom in Santa Clarita as students return for in person learning on Monday, February 22, 2021 since the pandemic began. First and second graders return on Wednesday for hybrid learning. (Photo by Sarah Reingewirtz, Los Angeles Daily News/SCNG)

  • Kindergartners return to Valencia Valley Elementary School in Santa Clarita for the first time since the pandemic began on Monday, February 22, 2021. First and second graders return on Wednesday for hybrid learning. (Photo by Sarah Reingewirtz, Los Angeles Daily News/SCNG)

  • Isabelle Mares, 5, center, and Charlie Barajas, 6, with her mother Jillian and Mares sister Melody, 8, left, peek inside their kindergarten class before their first day of in person learning at Valencia Valley Elementary School in Santa Clarita on Monday, February 22, 2021 since the pandemic began. First and second graders return on Wednesday for hybrid learning. (Photo by Sarah Reingewirtz, Los Angeles Daily News/SCNG)

  • Isabelle Mares, 5, center, waits to enter her kindergarten class with her sister Melody, 8, and mom Carolina for her first day of in person learning at Valencia Valley Elementary School in Santa Clarita on Monday, February 22, 2021 since the pandemic began. Charlie Barajas, 6, right, was also waiting to enter the classroom. (Photo by Sarah Reingewirtz, Los Angeles Daily News/SCNG)

  • Kindergarten teacher Mrs. Frandson shows Luke Killeen, 6, how to use hand sanitizer in her Valencia Valley Elementary School classroom in Santa Clarita as students return for in person learning on Monday, February 22, 2021 since the pandemic began. First and second graders return on Wednesday for hybrid learning. (Photo by Sarah Reingewirtz, Los Angeles Daily News/SCNG)

  • Kindergartners return to Valencia Valley Elementary School in Santa Clarita for the first time since the pandemic began on Monday, February 22, 2021. First and second graders return on Wednesday for hybrid learning. (Photo by Sarah Reingewirtz, Los Angeles Daily News/SCNG)

  • Kindergartner Charlie Barajas, 6, waits with her mother Jillian for her first day of in person learning at Valencia Valley Elementary School in Santa Clarita on Monday, February 22, 2021 since the pandemic began. First and second graders return on Wednesday for hybrid learning. (Photo by Sarah Reingewirtz, Los Angeles Daily News/SCNG)

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The wait is over.

The Newhall Unified School District welcomed transitional kindergarten and kindergarten students on its campuses for the first time since March 2020 Monday morning.

“We have been preparing for this opportunity since last May,” Newhall superintendent Jeff Pelzel said. “We are excited for our students, parents and staff.”

Newhall will welcome first- and second-graders on Wednesday then add grades 3-6 on March 1, but Monday was all about the little ones.

“We’re thrilled to have students back on campus,” Valencia Valley Elementary principal Amy Gaudette said. “Families and teachers have been waiting since (the beginning of the school year) August.”

“I think I saw more tears from parents this morning,” Gaudette added.

The weeks consist of four AM/PM hybrid days a week, 8 to 10:30 a.m. and 12:30 to 3 p.m., respectively.

Adult supervisors are wearing face shields and other personal protective equipment to aid the children in navigation around campus. Gaudette says there will be 12 students to a classroom — all six feet apart.

Children will get physical activity that is instructed and structured anytime a teacher deems it necessary. That physical activity could be outside, it could also be in the classroom.

Meanwhile, for the Saugus Union School District, Monday provided more of a “hi, again” for first- and second-graders.

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“The Los Angeles and California Department of Public Health allowed schools to provide instruction for small cohorts of high needs students from September 2020,” Hawkins explained. “Saugus identified that students who were struggling in Grades 1 and 2 were our highest needs students and we provided an opportunity for some of those students to receive some limited support. All 15 campuses in SUSD have had some form of high needs small cohort instruction happening during the late fall and in early February.”

Soon, Hawkins anticipates high-grade levels can return, too.

“While we have begun with our special education program and our Grade 1 & 2 students, we look forward to the coming days when all grades (TK-6) will return to on-campus learning by March 4.” she added.

Schools that welcome students back need to meet a series of safety protocols — such as limited class sizes and provision of protective equipment — while also continuing to offer a distance learning option to accommodate families wary of sending their children to in-person classes.

City News Service contributed to this report


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