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Manhattan Beach Students Return to School

Aug 26, 2021 08:29AM ● By Jeanne Fratello

Photo via MBUSD

Nearly 6,000 Manhattan Beach students returned to school on Wednesday, going back to regular schedules and full-time, in-person school for the first time since March 2020.

New Superintendent John Bowes made a visit to every campus throughout the day.

"Teachers and students were smiling, classrooms were humming, and students were learning," said Bowes in an email to parents. "Across all of our schools, students are clearly excited to be back in school. Thank you to our principals, teachers, and support staff who made sure our campuses and classrooms were ready for our students and who did such a great job of welcoming them to our campuses today."

The morning began with a new tradition: "Senior Sunrise" - a gathering of seniors at Mira Costa High School at 6:15 a.m. The seniors posed for a group picture and heard inspirational words from new Mira Costa Principal Karina Gerger, as well as other Mira Costa staff.

Manhattan Beach Mayor Suzanne Hadley and Councilmember Joe Franklin were also on hand at the event.

COVID-19 Protocols

The district is requiring masks to be worn indoors as per the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health. Additionally, a California Department of Public Health order is requiring all school employees to be vaccinated or participate in weekly COVID testing.

Students were asked to get COVID tested and turn in those results at the start of school. The district has said that this will help establish baseline data that will help identify any current cases, asymptomatic or otherwise, and provide an extra layer of a mitigation strategy to prevent on-campus spread as the school year begins.

MBUSD published a Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) document on COVID-19 protocols earlier this week.

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