L.A. County Elementary Schools Can Apply for Reopening Waivers
The Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors approved a motion Tuesday directing the Department of Public Health to issue reopening waivers for TK-2 classes at a limited number of schools. The motion, authored by Kathryn Barger and Janice Hahn, prioritizes low-income schools, with a cap of 30 waivers per week.
“The closure of schools in L.A. County has severely impacted families and students throughout our communities,” said Barger, as quoted by SCVNews. “In addition to diminished access to quality education, we have seen a decline in the social and emotional well-being of children and youth. As October approaches, it is crucial that we begin the process of reopening schools at limited capacity and provide ample time for schools to slowly bring students, teachers and staff back to campus.”
Supervisor Hahn noted the county had avoided a major post-Labor Day spike in cases. She said it is time for elementary schools to reopen safely — and only after discussions between parents, staff, and teachers.
The state permits eligible elementary schools to apply for waivers through their health departments if they wish to reopen. But in August, Los Angeles County health officials say they would not consider such requests given high case rates in the county.