What Does It Take To Get A School Reopening Waiver In LA County?
Los Angeles County remains in the state’s most restrictive reopening tier, which means K-12 schools in the county still cannot reopen their doors and welcome everybody back to campus just yet.
But, starting today, there’s a new way to get the county’s youngest learners back to school for in-person instruction: schools can apply for waivers from the rules that prevent them from bringing all students back to campus.
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There are some catches, though:
- Any waivers granted will only apply to pre-K through second grade classes.
- The county is approaching this slowly, which means it’ll only grant 30 waivers per week.
- Schools with high percentages of low-income students who qualify for free and reduced price lunch will be “prioritized” in the process.
- It could take public health officials up to three weeks to review applications.
“If we do this well, even if there's a higher rate of transmission in some of our neighborhoods, we shouldn't see that translate to a lot of spread in our schools,” said County Public Health Director Barbara Ferrer. “That's why the students are cohorted to prevent this from becoming a schoolwide outbreak, and that's why infection control and distancing requirements are really stringent in schools.”
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READ MORE OF OUR COVERAGE OF THE REOPENING OF SCHOOLS:
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- LA County Schools Are Making Plans To Reopen Campuses For Small Groups
- Who's Applying For School Reopening Waivers in Southern California?
- K-12 Schools In Orange County Are Now Allowed To Welcome Back Students
- As Schools Reopen In Orange County, Who’s Making Sure They’re Doing It Safely?