Santa Clara County health worker joins call for full-time schools in the fall
Health workers in 10 Bay Area counties and one city are calling for California schools to open for full-time in-person learning in fall 2021.
Officers from Santa Clara, Alameda, Contra Costa, Marin, Monterey, Napa, San Francisco, San Mateo, Santa Cruz, Sonoma and the city of Berkeley issued a statement supporting the opening of schools at all levels.
“The lack of in-person learning has disrupted education, weakened social supports provided by school communities, negatively affected mental health, and prevented participation in the rituals and shared milestones that bind our communities together,” according to the press release. group released May 28. .
“The science is now clear that the risk of transmission in children wearing masks is very low, even with reduced spacing between desks,” the group said.
Factors supporting this conclusion include that in the Bay Area and statewide, there are high rates of vaccination among those at increased risk for serious illness, including the elderly and those at high risk of complications. medical, according to the group.
In addition, children 12 years and older are now eligible for vaccination and the overall prevalence in the community is low.
The group noted that “many schools” in California have brought students and teachers back to campus according to California Department of Public Health guidelines, including requirements for face coverage, basic cleaning, improved ventilation and other measures to facilitate a safe return to personal instruction.
Schools are not legally required to reopen in the fall, and Governor Gavin Newsom has not called on them to do so either.
California will reopen on June 15 with no capacity limits or physical distance requirements for businesses or events, the Secretary of State for Health and Human Services said on May 21.
Newsom in April announced a scheduled reopening date of June 15, which state officials confirmed as the number of COVID-19 cases and hospitalizations continue to decline and the number of people vaccinated continues to rise.
A Sonoma County education official added his voice to the group by approving a return to in-person education in the fall.
“The students, parents, teachers, coaches – and their families – deserve our thanks for the tremendous sacrifices they have made,” said Dr Sundari Mase, Health Officer and Director of the Health Division County of Sonoma. “It’s time to move beyond the distance learning model and return to the full range of learning and support that our educational communities provide. “