Northern California school district looks to other countries for reopening guidance

The United States has some of the worst COVID-19 infection rates in the world. Numerous other countries—including South Korea, Germany, Vietnam, and Taiwan—appear to be doing a much better job controlling the virus. As school districts across America debate reopening plans with little to no guidance from the federal government, some are turning to the rest of the globe for help.

EdSource reports that the small district of Eureka Union in Granite Bay will rely on advice from teachers in Asia and Europe.

After schools were closed in March because of health concerns related to the coronavirus pandemic, a task force made up of Eureka Unified parents, teachers, board members and administrators was formed in May to devise a reopening plan. The task force contacted teachers in Germany and China, and shared information from a teacher in Finland and a school system in Austria, where schools shuttered in February and March due to the pandemic had reopened successfully. 

Eureka Union plans to reopen its campuses on Aug. 13 with precautions gleaned from those discussions. These include regular temperature screening, physical distancing, a hybrid schedule based on tiers, face masks, and new rules about lunch time. The district wanted to build hand-washing stations for classrooms too, but materials were in short supply.

Correction: A previous version of this article referred to the school district as Eureka Unified. 


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