Los Angeles County meets mark to open elementary schools

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Falling coronavirus rates are expected to allow elementary schools in Los Angeles County to reopen as early as this week, but that is not expected to immediately happen in the huge Los Angeles Unified School District.

The Los Angeles County Department of Public Health said in a statement Monday night that it expects to announce Tuesday that the county has reached the threshold set by the state for reopening.

Health officials say schools wishing to reopen must submit plans to the county and the California Department of Public Health certifying that they have implemented safety measures. Los Angeles Unified, however, remains in negotiations with teachers about reopening.

Los Angeles County Supervisor Janice Hahn tweeted out the news, saying, “starting tomorrow, schools can reopen for grades K-6 if they have a waiver or submitted their COVID Safety Plans in advance.”

According to the Los Angeles Times, “the county had to maintain the coronavirus metrics for five consecutive days, which happened as of Monday. The key threshold is a seven-day average of daily coronavirus infections below 25 cases per 100,000 residents.”

Liz Odendahl, Supervisor Hahn’s director of communications told the LA Times, “on Monday, the official daily rate – which is adjusted based on the number of tests, was at 20 cases per 100,000.”

The San Diego County Office of Education has told KUSI News that San Diego County is not below the threshold yet. Adding, there’s no specific date for when schools will be allowed to start the reopening process Los Angeles County may now begin.

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