The decision followed high absentee rates in staff and students. District leaders hope masks will keep kids in school.
Caldwell’s policy was also changed to say that masks may become required as needed in the future “should outbreaks in schools occur in the future.”
Using Title I and federal funds, Caldwell is giving children an opportunity to learn about science, math and even cooking.
They will return the week before spring break. Trustees said it would be a good week to test out the return before students and staff are off for a week.
Board chair Marisela Pesina said she has watched the virus ravage the Latino community in Caldwell.
The district doesn’t have enough substitutes to open the building while 14 percent of staff are quarantined.
This week all of Caldwell’s elementary students have been in school in small groups to take state reading assessments.