Merced City School District welcomes back special education students

MERCED, Calif. (KFSN) — Merced City School District staff members were eager to welcome back a small group of students on Monday.

A Franklin Elementary School special education teacher even made unique desks for her students, each designed to be their personal truck.

“The desks are built like trucks, so everything they need is in their truck,” explained Miss Bonita. “They have their keys, which are all their passwords for anything they’re logging onto.”

She’s hoping the rules of the road will help students adjust to the new classroom health safety rules.

“We keep our hands in the car, we have to stay in our seat when we’re in our car, our masks can come off in the car, pretty much all the normal rules we use in the car,” explained Bonita.

Roughly 150 special education students returned to the classroom for in-person learning on campuses in the Merced City

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BVSD welcomes K-2 students for in-person learning

Many Boulder Valley kindergartners experienced a traditional first-day of school milestone Tuesday, getting last minute hugs and encouragement from parents before they walked into classrooms that sat empty for the first five weeks of school.

“It feels so good to have students here,” said Cameo Rainaldo-DeDominces, principal at Lafayette’s Ryan Elementary School. “Our K-2 teachers were so excited. We tried to make our school and classrooms feel as homey and welcoming as possible.”

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Amber Paterno kisses her son Logan as he enters his first-grade classroom at Ryan Elementary in Lafayette on Tuesday. (Cliff Grassmick/Staff Photographer)

After starting the school year online, K-2 students now can attend in person four days a week. Students in intensive special education programs also started in person Tuesday — K-2 special education students for four days a week, and 3-12 special education students in person two days.

At the high school level, students enrolled at

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