California schools in counties that are on the COVID-19 watch list must remain closed, Gov. Gavin Newsom announced Friday. Counties will only be permitted to open their schools for in-person learning if they’ve been off the list for 14 consecutive days. Counties are put on the monitoring list according to their rate of positivity in testing.
Counties that are currently on the COVID-19 monitoring list in California are: Los Angeles, Orange, Sacramento, San Diego, Santa Barbara, Alameda, Contra Costa, Marin, Monterey, Napa, Sonoma, Riverside, San Joaquin, Colusa, Fresno, Glenn, Imperial, Kings, Merced, San Benito, San Bernardino, San Luis Obispo, Solano, Stanislaus, Sutter, Tulare, Ventura, Yolo and Yuba.
For schools that do reopen in other counties, Newsom said classroom “cohorts” must be sent home if there is a confirmed case. An entire school must go home when multiple classroom courts have cases or more than 5% of the school is positive. A district must send home all schools if 25% of their schools are closed within a 14-day period.
Schools should also consult with a public health officer.
It follows two of the states biggest school districts, Los Angeles and San Diego, on Monday saying they will not reopen in the fall.
“Unfortunately, COVID-19 continues to spread in the Los Angeles area, and the virus is going to impact how we start the new school year,” said Austin Beutner, superintendent of LA schools. “The health and safety of all in the school community is not something we can compromise.”
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