California issues guidelines for school reopening waivers

Posted at 7:00 AM, Aug 04, 2020
and last updated 2020-08-04 15:46:24-04

LOS ANGELES (AP) -- California health officials have released guidelines for elementary schools to seek waivers allowing them to offer classroom instruction in the midst of the coronavirus pandemic.

Officials on Monday said some public and private schools in 38 counties on a state watch list, including San Diego County, can seek waivers from local health officials if they have plans for keeping students and staff safe and meet certain criteria.

But the state says school reopenings can't be considered in counties with the highest rates of COVID-19 infection. That includes Los Angeles, which has the nation's second-largest school district.

San Diego County has the fifth-highest number of virus cases in the state as of Aug. 3.

The waiver only applies to schools with grades TK-6.

Click here to learn more about the California Department of Public Health’s waiver process