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Students head back to school as distance learning continues

YUMA, Ariz. (KYMA, KECY) - Students are heading back to school but most local school districts reverting to virtual learning following the holiday season. This, as state superintendent Kathy Hoffman demanding executive action.

Over the weekend, we told you about the series of tweets posted by the superintendent and as students return to school after winter break, most will be back to learning from home.

Superintendent Kathy Hoffman calling on executive action.

Kathrine Kaste, a teacher for Gadsden School District in South county, agrees that schools should re-open but only when its safe.

“I don't want to play with our kids lives and that's really what we're doing if we're forcing people to go back before it's safe and kids to go back before it's safe for them. You know, the absolute worst could happen and it could happen in your building and I would just hate to see that I would hate to see lives being impacted because we're tired of being at home,” Kaste said.

Teachers in our area are preparing to return to school but virtually.

“I think my school has a really good routine, and they set really good expectations, which really helps the families and the kids, set up good routines for themselves,” Kaste added.

Kaste says it is a different experience working from home.

“Do I miss kids? Every day. Like I I choose to be a teacher I love being around people like I love a big group of people and talking and, and, but I would rather that I get to see them in the future.”

The Gadsden School District will continue distance learning starting Monday.

“We're gonna be distance learning, at least for the first two weeks. And then our school board meets before then and then they'll decide if we're continuing online or if we will if we've met metrics enough to go back,” she explained.

Among other districts, the Crane Elementary School District announced last week, students will continue with remote learning after the holiday break.

Yuma District One and Yuma Union High Schools will also continue distance learning.

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Cody Lee

Cody Lee joined 13 On Your Side and KYMA News 11 in March 2020, but he’s no stranger to Arizona. He grew up in the Phoenix area and enjoys everything Arizona has to offer.

Prior to moving to Yuma, he served as a News Video Editor at Arizona’s Family 3TV / CBS 5 in Phoenix.

Lee spent most of his life watching the news and discovering a passion for tv news journalism. After college, Lee received an opportunity in Las Vegas, Nevada at KSNV News 3 and worked on longtime local morning news program “Wake Up with the Wagners” and the #1 rated weekend evening newscasts. He spent 3 years at KSNV, before moving on to a new experience in Sin City at KLAS 8 News Now.

Cody later moved to real estate marketing, until he returned back to his hometown of Phoenix.

Lee is excited to start this new journey, as a journalist, right here in Yuma and Imperial Valley. He starts his on-air duties in the midst of the devastating Coronavirus Pandemic.

When he is not reporting on the amazing people in his communities, you can catch him enjoying a hike or spending time exploring all the great things Yuma and the Valley are known for. He also enjoys relaxing at home, reading all the latest headlines – with his tabby cat, Oliver.

You can catch him on the air Wednesday thru Friday at 6pm and 10pm on CBS 13. On the weekends, at 5pm & 10pm on KYMA News 11 and 10pm on CBS 13.

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