There has been a drop in the coronavirus cases compared to the previous weeks and the officials are suggesting that the elementary schools in Los Angeles will reopen. This uneven return to class will be an immediate process especially in districts with more affluent communities baffled with their child’s education.
Elementary Schools Will Reopen In The L.A. If They Submit A Health Safety Plan.
The coronavirus infection rate has been below 25 daily cases per 100,000 residents for 5 consecutive days. The eligibility for Elementary Schools to reopen has now been fulfilled with the help of a decrease in the number of infected diseases. For middle and high school students, things are a bit different. For them, to get their schools to reopen, the number of cases must fall under 7 cases per 100,000 people.
Schools and families had to go through a tough time after the pandemic had hit hard and an alert was issued for the closure of schools a year ago. This had stalled the education of around 1.5 million students in L.A. county and more than 6 million students in the whole state. Schools are authorized to take a stern decision about how things are to be carried on and how far should they extend their school reopening decision. Smaller schools and private schools have been thinking to expand in-person instruction and many have asked for it. Larger districts and districts that handle low-income areas are more concerned about vaccination. The school staff and these low-income serving communities are anxious about the health risk which has been becoming harder for the officials to reopen the schools there.
Communities are excited about the drop in the number of cases and they are expecting the schools to reopen soon. The Los Angeles County office of education offers support and services to school districts of 80 counties. But it’s different when you compare the situation of each county and the rules applied may vary. Poor neighborhoods are impacted more as the families are having more exposure to the coronavirus. Many families had children who were left with no choice and had to suffer when their family members died or were sicker. Such incidents usually do not happen all the time and this has been different and terrible to deal with.
The decision on reopening the schools depends on each school’s situation to handle the risk in a composed and safer manner. Every community and school must be ready and welcome the reopening of schools in the same spirit. So everything depends on the readiness of concerned departments. The school must have a system to cope with the risk and handle, run and operate safely. Schools must submit a detailed safety plan to the state and county officials, and the health authorities will be given 7 days to raise an objection about their plan if there’s any. Some districts and schools have been thinking to submit their plan already.
There has been a rapid fall of coronavirus cases and many were surprised with the reopening decision for schools in L.A. counties. The Los Angeles Board of Education members were also in surprise when Barbara Ferrer, County Public Health Director alerted them about the reopening decision.