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New high school opens in Roseville, Calif., but students stay home

Aug. 13, 2020
The first day for West Park High School arrives without students because of Covid-19.

Even though students had to stay at home, the Roseville (Calif.) Union Joint High School District has opened a new high school.

KXTV-TV reports that West Park High School in Roseville began classes on Wednesday, but because of the coronavirus, teachers are delivering instruction remotely.

Shauna Stafford, an English teacher, used her empty classroom to meet her students via a video call. They'll meet virtually every day for the foreseeable future. 

West Park, the district's sixth comprehensive high school, has opened with just ninth- and 10th-grade students. It will add one grade level in each of the next two years.

Principal Becky Guzman says the school itself is using what's called a "Universal Design for Learning," a way to optimize both teaching and learning.

Although the district is uncertain about when students can come on campus for classes, the first day was still filled with hope for the future.

"I feel hopeful, and the hope comes from the fact that this community has waited for this school, they've rallied behind us," Guzman says. "But I feel the most hope because I trust that we're going to get in here and these kids are going to have the experience of their life when they get in here."

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