School districts in rural California are struggling to stay open for in-person learning, as the Delta variant of COVID-19 spreads through their small communities and classrooms.

According to an article by the Times-Standard, multiple high schools and elementary schools closed for a few days before and after Labor Day, in an effort to slow the Delta variant. Its a reverse situation from last year, as many rural schools stayed open with low infection rates while metro- and urban-area schools closed due to high case rates.