Coronavirus Resources for Schools

Reopening of SantaClaraCounty K12 Schools

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June 30, 2020 Page 4 The recommendations in this document are additional measures that the County of Santa Clara Public Health Department recommends schools take to protect the health and safety of students, staff, and the broader community. Recommendations from federal, state, or local public health officials is distinct from the legal orders or requirements that schools must follow. The guidance in this document reflects the best judgment of the County of Santa Clara Public Health Department as to practices that schools should follow, and it takes into account local conditions and considerations. The California Department of Education's "Stronger Together: A Guidebook for the Safe Reopening of California's Public Schools" (June 2020) and the California Department of Public Health's "COVID-19 Industry Guidance: Schools and School-Based Programs" (June 5, 2020) offer general guidance for the entire state, where conditions vary significantly from region to region. Finally, the considerations in this document provide concrete examples of how the requirements or recommendations can be implemented and factors that school administrators may want to keep in mind when implementing them. These considerations are not requirements that schools must follow or even recommendations that the County urges schools to adopt. Guiding Principles Several key principles informed the creation of this document: 1. Evidence- and Practice-Based: This document is based on a review of the scientific research and available epidemiologic data on COVID-19. Although there continues to be limited information available on COVID-19 transmission dynamics, effectiveness of various public health interventions, and the clinical impact of COVID-19 on children and youth, we have utilized the best evidence available to create our recommendations. This included evaluation of published scientific literature, the experiences of other jurisdictions, and recommendations of experts in the United States and elsewhere. 2. Collaborative: In developing this document, we are grateful for the collaboration of the Santa Clara County Office of Education; the questions and concerns we have heard from school superintendents, parents, and others; and our partnership with other health officers and school officials in the San Francisco Bay Area and throughout the State of California. The input that we received has been invaluable in helping us to consider the educational needs of students and the practical constraints facing schools and families while also protecting the health and safety of students, staff, and our entire community. 3. Iterative: Given the evolving nature of the COVID-19 epidemic and the scientific information that we anticipate will develop in the coming months, we expect that this document may need to be updated in the future. 4. Practical and Adaptable: During this unprecedented pandemic, we realize that schools face significant operational constraints, parents and teachers have a range of perspectives on the reopening of school campuses, and students themselves have a variety of educational and developmental needs. These heterogenous perspectives are particularly evident when

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