L.A. County COVID case rate hits milestone for school reopening

L.A. County May Begin To Reopen ‘Dozens’ Of Elementary Schools Isai Rocha

L.A. County May Begin To Reopen ‘Dozens’ Of Elementary Schools Isai Rocha

According to NBC News, the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health has said that case numbers are set to reach 25 for every 100,000 people, which is the threshold for elementary schools to be reopened.

"Vaccinating 25,000 people would allow us to reopen elementary school classrooms for 250,000 children and help their half-million plus family members", Beutner said. "This encouraging news means that dozens of elementary schools will be permitted to reopen for in-class instruction for students grades TK-6 as early as this week", the department said in a statement.

"Resuming in-person instruction when cases are so high and without proper health and safety protocols will result in a yo-yo effect of closures, upending the very educational stability that our students and communities deserve", UTLA President Cecily Myart-Cruz said. "The digital divide has only expand the learning gap between those who have access (to technology) and those who don't". "Case rates in LA County are dropping".

You can find that story elsewhere on our website. "Starting Wednesday, February 17, the Moderna vaccine will be administered by Los Angeles Unified school nurses and other licensed healthcare professionals at the Roybal Learning Center, becoming Los Angeles Unified's first school-based vaccination center", Superintendent Austin Beutner said. "Now we can continue the work getting our kids and teachers safely back in classrooms where they belong", she added.

Additional details for school reopening regulations will be given by L.A. Public Health on Tuesday. The county is expected to make vaccinations available to teachers in about two to three weeks. A total of 173 private or charter schools have also had plans approved, with seven other private/charters awaiting approval of their plans.

This announcement came prior to the Centers for Disease and Control and Prevention (CDC) releasing its updated school reopening guidance on Friday, stating that vaccinating staff isn't necessary to reopen schools.

The district also said it has adjusted desks to comply with social distancing regulations, will provide personal protective equipment such as face coverings and is working to create a school-based COVID-19 contact tracing and testing program.

He noted that over 40 community organizations have voiced their support for immediate vaccines to school staff in a letter addressed to Gov. Gavin Newsom and Los Angeles County Supervisor Hilda Solis. "This includes identifying interventions to address learning loss and working with districts to develop protocols to safely celebrate the class of 2021, including options for commencement ceremonies this spring".

"The road ahead for our public schools will be challenging on many fronts long after students have returned to campus".

Ben Drati, superintendent of the Santa Monica-Malibu Unified School District, issued a statement Monday saying the district had reached a tentative agreement with its teachers' union regarding a return to in-person classes. "So this is a pathway forward when there's a school community that feels like this is the time for them to be able to reopen".

The map was created through a partnership between the state, county office of education and the California Collaborative in Education Excellence.

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