Coronavirus Resources for Schools

Reopening of SantaClaraCounty K12 Schools

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June 30, 2020 Page 3 support, and those with special needs. Disruption of normal childhood social interactions also have a profound adverse impact on students' social and emotional well-being. The County of Santa Clara Public Health Department's decision to reopen school campuses for in-person instruction and to keep them open will depend on a number of factors. These include, but are not limited to, continually evolving scientific understanding of COVID-19; the number of current COVID-19 cases; the degree to which schools are contributing to community spread of COVID; the capacity of our health system to identify and care for cases and prevent transmission in healthcare settings; the availability and use of widespread testing to identify new cases; county residents' ability to quickly and effectively isolate or quarantine themselves when sick; and our community's continued cooperation in practicing physical distancing, using face coverings, and taking other preventive measures. As schools prepare to resume in-person instruction, schools should also ensure plans are in place for remote instruction for students who may need to isolate or quarantine, as well as students who are medically fragile or who have a household member who is medically fragile. Schools should also be prepared for the possibility of partial or full school closure, either short- term or for a longer period. Because the data regarding the impact of school reopening on COVID-19 transmission dynamics remains incomplete, we will continue to learn and revise our guidance accordingly. This document contains a series of public health requirements, recommendations, and considerations for schools reopening their campuses for in-person instruction. These should be read in conjunction with all relevant local, State, and federal laws, as well as school reopening guidance from the State and federal government. Of particular relevance to this document are Education Code sections 43503 and 43504, which are in the process of being enacted by the State Legislature as this guidance is being released. Education Code section 43504 states that schools in California "shall offer in-person instruction to the greatest extent possible" during the 2020-2021 school year. Education Code section 43503 states, "Distance learning may be offered under either of the following circumstances: (A) On a local educational agency or schoolwide level as a result of an order or guidance from a state public health officer or a local public health officer. (B) For pupils who are medically fragile or would be put at risk by in-person instruction, or who are self-quarantining because of exposure to COVID-19." The requirements in this document are actions that the County of Santa Clara Public Health Department is requiring schools to follow as they resume in-person instruction. Only those items labeled "requirements" in this document must be in place for schools to proceed with in-person instruction.

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