Bay Area Health Officers Support Full In-person School this Fall | Press Releases | County Administrator’s Office

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Santa Rosa, CA  –  Might 28, 2021  –  Sonoma County Well being Officer, Dr. Sundai Mase, has joined well being officers representing the counties of Alameda, Contra Costa, Marin, Monterey, Napa, San Francisco, San Mateo, Santa Clara, Santa Cruz, and town of Berkeley, to precise their collective assist for the opening of California colleges for full-time in-person instruction for all grades within the fall of 2021.

The dearth of in-person studying has disrupted schooling, weakened the social helps supplied by faculty communities, negatively impacted psychological well being, and prevented participation within the rituals and shared milestones that tie our communities collectively.

Since March of final yr, Bay Space well being officers and native well being departments have been working with county places of work of schooling, faculty districts, superintendents, and different leaders on how greatest to supply for the security of everybody within the schooling neighborhood.

Public well being researchers, the Facilities for Illness Management and Prevention, the California Division of Public Well being, and native well being departments have discovered from the analysis and the experiences of classroom instruction from the autumn of 2020 by way of the winter and spring of 2021. The science is now clear that the danger of transmission amongst youngsters carrying masks may be very low, even with diminished spacing between desks.

Within the Bay Space and all through the state, many components point out that the implications and threat of classroom transmission have been low to start with and have decreased even additional as neighborhood case charges have fallen. There are excessive charges of vaccination amongst individuals at elevated threat of extreme illness – together with older adults and people with excessive threat of medical problems. Kids 12 and older are actually eligible for vaccinations, and there’s low general neighborhood prevalence.

The California Division of Public Well being’s reopening framework for colleges provides tips for limiting the unfold of an infection and necessities for face masking, fundamental cleansing, enhanced air flow, and different measures to facilitate a protected return to in-person instruction. 

Many faculties have applied these practices and introduced college students and academics again to campus.

The governor has introduced plans to finish the tier system on June 15 and totally reopen California’s economic system, so long as vaccine provide stays ample to fulfill demand and hospitalization charges are steady and low.

“College students, mother and father, households, academics, and coaches deserve our gratitude for the appreciable sacrifices they’ve made,” mentioned Dr. Mase. “It’s time to transfer previous the remote-learning mannequin and return to the total vary of studying and assist that our instructional communities present.” 

The Bay Space well being officers urge faculty directors, academics, and oldsters to work collectively now to plan for full school rooms for all grades within the fall. 

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