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How School Districts Across the Country Are Approaching COVID-19 Huntington Park

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How School Districts Across the Country Are Approaching COVID-19 Huntington Park

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Returning to school has created fresh worries for parents, administrators, and school staff. Schools must strike a balance between the educational and social needs of their students while providing them with emotional support to deal with the new normal.

In most states and districts, the reopening of schools and how they will be run will be decided by the locality, school administration, and the government. Some states are leaving the decisions entirely to local education management and leaders associated with policy decisions in the health-care sector.

How the States Are Handling Reopening

Some school districts, such as those in Chicago and New York City, have a mix of online and in-person classes. Los Angeles and San Diego school districts and a few others want to hold all classes online. The federal government and the CDC have come up with clear guidelines for schools. However, the final call will be made by local administrations and officials. State governors have also announced rules that school districts must follow to reopen.

California’s rules do not allow schools to reopen unless the surrounding areas have seen a decline in COVID-19 cases for fourteen consecutive days. In states where cases are surging, such as Florida, the education commissioner has signed an executive order, making it mandatory for public schools to hold classes in person in August. Other districts are taking a more flexible approach. They are allowing parents and guardians to make decisions on the method of schooling (in person, online, or hybrid) they would prefer for their children.

Private schools, with their abundant resources, are ready to implement state guidelines and hence better placed to reopen sooner than public schools. With their smaller student bodies, these schools that cater to 10 percent of students nationwide can easily limit the sizes of classes for safer instruction. They also do not follow the national curriculum demands and do not face any restrictions of facilities like public schools do.

These Countries Have Already Done It Successfully

US policy makers are studying and analyzing the guidelines from five countries that have continued or reopened schools during the COVID-19 outbreak. They are China, Denmark, Norway, and Taiwan. These countries have successfully avoided the spread of COVID-19 in schools.

  • In China, where the pandemic originated, most regions had reopened by the end of March. The reopening started with final-year students.
  • Denmark, the first European country to restart school, allowed municipalities to reopen schools as early as April 15. Younger children came back to school first because they faced lower health risks.
  • Norway allowed daycares and preschools to open on April 20 and Grades 1–4 (ages 6–11) on April 27 in regions with low infection rates.
  • Taiwan avoided a countrywide shutdown, but authorized temporary school closures based on local situations.

As of the first week of June, fourteen states made it obligatory for in-person instruction to be available in all or some grades either full or part time. Nine states had already mandated full-time, in-person learning for the academic year 2021–2022. The state-by-state map of where schools are opened or closed can be viewed here.

LA county has instituted its own plan to help limit exposure and spread of Covid-19 in Tk-12 classrooms. Some examples of their rules are:

  • After identifying 1 confirmed COVID-19 case on campus, the School Compliance Officer instructs the case to follow Home Isolation Instructions for COVID-19 (
  • A case is considered to be infectious from 2 days before their symptoms first appeared until the time they are no longer required to be isolated (i.e., no fever for at least 24 hours, without the use of medicine that reduce fevers AND other symptoms have improved AND at least 10 days have passed since symptoms first appeared). A person with a positive COVID-19 test but no symptoms is considered infectious from 2 days before their test was taken until 10 days after their test.
  • Close Contact: A person is considered to have been exposed to a case during the infectious period if at least one of the following criteria are met:
    - Being within 6 feet of the infected person for 15 minutes or more over a 24-hour period.
    - Having had unprotected contact with the infected person’s body fluids and/or secretions of a person with confirmed COVID-19 (e.g., being coughed or sneezed on, sharing utensils or saliva, or providing care without using appropriate protective equipment).

The complete Covid-19 exposure management plan can be seen here.

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