February 27, 2021
Limited school reopening guidance announced
INLAND EMPIRE – (INT) – Only a limited number of elementary schools are being allowed to reopen under so-called ‘hybred’ criteria announced Friday by Governor Newsom.

In-person instruction will be permitted in some coastal school districts, the Eastern Sierras and Northern California, but none in Riverside or San Bernardino counties.

Hybred instruction is permitted in these area school districts:

Bear Valley Unified – Elementary only
Lucerne Valley Unified – Elementary only
Silver Valley Unified (in the High Desert) – Elementary only
Needles Unified – Elementary only

The state has launched the Safe Schools for All Plan’s interactive Safe Schools Reopening Map. https://maps.schools.covid19.ca.gov/public.html. It’s an online tool providing a statewide snapshot of the status of school re-openings across California. The map supports local communities in making data-driven decisions to safely open classrooms and helps ensure public transparency.

“This map is one of many resources we have made available that will help school staff and families make informed decisions as we safely reopen our schools,” Governor Newsom said Friday.

Meantime, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention released new guidelines Friday for how to open K-12 schools safely in a bid to help students across the nation resume in-person learning before the end of the 2020-21 school year.

The newly released strategies include universal mask wearing at school, maintaining at least 6 feet of social distance, frequent hand washing, cleaning and ventilating school facilities and contact tracing, isolation and quarantine protocols.
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