Los Angeles County health officials have announced that elementary schools in the county are cleared to officially fully reopen.
County Supervisor Janice Hahn went to Twitter to announce the news, tweeting: “L.A. County has officially reached the State’s threshold for reopening elementary schools. Starting tomorrow, schools can reopen”. Hahn added that schools may reopen if they have submitted and posted the necessary paperwork with county and state officials.
According to the Los Angeles Times, this announcement and milestone do not result in an immediate reopening of campuses. LAUSD and the teachers union are currently negotiating the proper and safe return to campuses, the report adds.
The Times report adds that in order for elementary schools to reopen, L.A. County had to maintain the coronavirus metrics for 5 consecutive days. The county reached that threshold as of Monday (02/15).
What is that threshold? The county must have a seven-day average of daily COVID-19 infections below 25 cases per 100,000 residents. The report adds that the county is officially at 20 cases per 100,000 tests. This is major news for the county!
The county health department announced elementary schools that have already submitted or posted necessary forms can open this week. Additionally, the report states that neither state or federal guidelines specify vaccines as essential for the safe operation of campuses
For more information, read the full story at Los Angeles Times.
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