January 16, 2021

School in the Time of COVID-19

Examining the physical and mental toll the pandemic has had on teachers, students, and parents. (08:46)
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Last fall the Tucson Unified School District had planned to open schools for a hybrid of in-person and remote learning. But with the continued rise of COVID-19 cases, the plan was postponed. We visit BASIS charter school in Oro Valley where the hybrid model has been in operation since October 15th 2020, to get a sense of the physical and mental toll it has had on teachers, students, and parents. BASIS schools have made the decision to delay the return to in-person learning until January 19, 2021. With a close eye on metrics, they hope to reopen campuses for primary school grades and then phase in middle and high school grades over the following weeks.

Producer: Cáit NíSíomón
Photographer: John DeSoto
Editors: John DeSoto, Cáit NíSíomón
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