Here’s What Elementary Schools Need to Qualify for a Reopening Waiver

The state has released detailed guidelines for elementary schools that wish to apply for a waiver to reopen campuses. Without the waiver, schools need to be in a county that has stayed off the state’s coronavirus monitoring list for at least 14 consecutive days.

First, the COVID-19 and Reopening In-Person Learning Elementary Education Waiver guidance advises against waivers for “schools within jurisdictions with 14-day case rates more than two times the threshold to be on the County Monitoring List (>200 cases/100,000 population).” For all others, the request must come from the district superintendent (public schools), the private school principal/head of school (private schools), or the executive director (charter schools). The application will be submitted to authorized local health officers (LHO).

Applicants must consult with labor, parent, and community organizations and provide a detailed school reopening plan that addresses entrance and exit protocols, disinfecting measures, face covering rules, physical distancing efforts, use of cohorts or pods, testing protocol, outbreak plans, and more. The LHO will then weigh a number of factors including local hospital and testing capacity.

Read the memo here