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State issues guidelines for school reopening waivers

Elementary schools across California could soon open back up thanks to new waivers that are being offered by the state.

Posted: Aug 4, 2020 4:28 PM
Updated: Aug 4, 2020 9:02 PM

BUTTE COUNTY, Calif. - Elementary schools across California could soon open back up thanks to new waivers that are being offered by the state.

Monday, the California Department of Public Health released new guidelines that would allow elementary schools, even those on the state's watchlist to apply for these waivers.

Schools would have to meet certain requirements, like teaching in small groups, and would have to get approval from state and local health officials.

Action News Now spoke with people in the community about the waivers.

Cassie Hilton, a parent from Chico says, "I think the waivers are a good idea. I have two older kids who go to Rosedale. This age demographic isn’t as affected. It's also a hard hit for the economy for parents who can't work and have to stay home."

Rita Rickmers, a retired teacher from Pleasant Valley High School says she disagrees. "Our numbers are increasing instead of going down and so I think it's hazardous for kids and teachers and people who work at the schools."

State health officials say they created the waiver process because new data showing young children are less likely to get and transmit the virus. 

Right now, the waiver is only being offered for students in transitional Kindergarten through 6th grade. A district superintendent, private school principal, or executive director of a charter school can apply for a waiver.

The state recommends counties on the monitoring list with 14-day case rates of more than 200 cases per 100,000 residents should not be considered for a waiver. Butte County Public Health says its case rate is nearing that threshold. 

For more details about the waivers, CLICK HERE.

California Coronavirus Cases

Data is updated nightly.

Confirmed Cases: 779491

Reported Deaths: 14893
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Los Angeles2585166330
Riverside566811153
San Bernardino51750858
Orange516461123
San Diego44007757
Kern31148340
Fresno27487355
Sacramento21171375
Alameda20364370
Santa Clara20129295
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Monterey933765
San Mateo9332142
Santa Barbara8803109
Merced8719133
Kings715877
Sonoma6987114
Marin6522112
Solano608555
Madera429658
Placer340741
San Luis Obispo333227
Yolo273253
Butte272033
Santa Cruz21758
Sutter163110
Napa159213
San Benito127211
Yuba11127
El Dorado10584
Mendocino82218
Lassen7310
Shasta66814
Glenn5483
Nevada5035
Colusa5026
Tehama4874
Humboldt4826
Lake43310
Calaveras30513
Amador28616
Tuolumne2204
Inyo18714
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