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Imperial Valley school shares plans for re-opening

El Centro, Calif (KYMA, KECY) - After reaching a 7.9 percent seven-day positivity test rate, the Imperial County Office of Education is allowing schools to start plans to go back to in person-learning.

Principal Fawn Nielsen of Westmorland Elementary School said they are doing a survey to see what parents feel comfortable with. "Everyone's level of comfort is different right now, we might still continue online learning for those who aren't comfortable with going back to school," said Nielsen.

One of the plans for Westmorland Elementary School in-person learning is to switch to a hybrid learning model. Students will be in a cohort and come in for in-person learning 2-3 times a week.

Nielsen also says they are looking into interactive but socially distanced activities for breaks like recess.

Gianella Ghiglino

Peruvian-born and LA raised Gianella Ghiglino joins the team from the San Fernando valley. “LA is the place that taught me how to breath and Peru is my breath.” She says she was inspired by the community she grew up in and began documenting her experience through poetry at the age of 7. “I wrote about everything I saw, felt and everything that inspired me.” When she entered High School she joined her school news station and realized that broadcast journalism allowed her to pursue her passion and her purpose all at once. Gianella attended Cal State Northridge and received a Bachelors degree in Broadcast Journalism and a minor in Spanish Broadcast Journalism, and Political Science. She did several internships while in College but most notably interned for PBS’s local LA station for three years. “My purpose is to share my story and of those in my community, my passion is writing.”

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