Following state guidelines, grades TK-6 can reopen in counties where the adjusted case rate has been below 25 per 100,000 residents for five days. Los Angeles County reached that much-anticipated milestone on February 15.
Students in grades TK – 6 are permitted on-site learning if the school is in full compliance with state and county directives. Many of the directives are not new and very familiar to schools that re-opened under the waiver program or for services for high-need students.
Elementary schools in LA County fall into two groups: those that are already open for in-classroom instruction for an entire class of students in grades TK-2 through the waiver program and those that are not open for full-grade in class instruction.
Schools already open through an approved waiver need to post their COVID Safety Plan prior to expanding in-class instruction to students grades 3-6.
There are 297 elementary schools with approved waivers.
Schools not yet open need to submit their required COVID Safety Plan for review by CDPH and LA County Public Health, along with completing the county re-opening protocol checklist. If no concerns are noted in seven working days by either the state or county health departments, they are permitted to open on day eight as long as they follow the safety requirements and protocols detailed in state and county directives.
For grades 7 through 12, reopening will not be permitted until our case rate drops below 7 per 100,000 people.
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