After one-full year in distance learning, all K-8 students enrolled in the Byron, Knightsen, and Brentwood public school districts, along with secondary students in the Liberty Union High School District, are able to return to their school for an in-person education this month.

The plans rest upon the presumption that the current state mandate tier will fall from purple to red status in the days ahead.  Students will return in a variety of different hybrid formats, depending on their school and grade-level, while some have opted to remain in distance learning through the last eight weeks of the instruction calendar.

Knightsen and Old River schools recently welcomed students back and some local private schools have offered in-person education for some time, such as AGC School in Discovery Bay. The small, PreK-6 school has been in person since June of 2020 without incident. Private secondary schools, such as St. Mary’s, De La Salle and Carondalet, have also provided successful, in-person education options for Far East County students.

LUHSD superintendent, Eric Volta, notified families of reopening plans in a March 5 broadcast e-mail:

“It  has been  nearly  a year  of  shut-downs, distance  learning, zoom  classes  and uncertainty.  I  want  to thank you all  for  your  patience,  flexibility, and  foremost  support  of  our  schools  as  we  tried to  implement  an educational  system  that  was  thrust  upon  us  by  the  pandemic…  [March] 16th  is  the one-year  anniversary  of  the  California  Shelter  in  Place Order. One  year  is  too  long  to  be  out  of  the  classroom. This  is  a  historical  and momentous  event  in LUHSD’s  history  of  nearly  five score.  I  am  honored to  share this  reopening  with  all  of  you.”     

Byron Union Superintendent, Reyes Gauna, announced the reopening of local, K-8 schools in his February 11 email,:

“With the support and in collaboration with our Teachers union (BTA), Classified union (CSEA), Administrators, district staff, and Board of Trustees, we are excited to announce our plan to have students return to in-person instruction.” 

Byron USD reopening plans and schedule can be found at

LUHSD hybrid and safety plans are available at: