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The Mount Diablo Unified School District Governing Board on Wednesday will discuss the status of plans to reopen schools in the district that have remained closed since last year due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Superintendent Adam Clark last week wrote in a letter to district families and staff that he will provide at Wednesday’s board meeting a “formal update regarding our COVID-19 safety protocols, state and county requirements for reopening, and the status of negotiations.”

In January, Clark told the school board that distance learning would continue in the district at least into March after reopening plans approved by the board late last year were postponed due to the state’s regional stay-at-home order.

Clark noted in his letter last week that “eight of the eighteen school districts within Contra Costa County have signed agreements with their labor partners and are preparing to bring students on campus in the coming weeks.”

The open session portion of Wednesday’s meeting is scheduled to start at 6 p.m. The meetings are taking place virtually due to the pandemic. More information on how to follow the meeting or to submit public comment can be found online at https://www.mdusd.org/boardmeetings.

The Mount Diablo Unified School District has schools in Concord, Pleasant Hill, Bay Point and parts of Walnut Creek, Martinez and Pittsburg.