Santa Clara County officials announced Tuesday new guidelines to safely reopen local public and private schools for the 2020-2021 school year.
The new guidelines were developed by the Santa Clara Public Health Department and the County Office of Education and it focuses on in-class instruction, school arrival and departure, bus transportation, face coverings, handwashing, school cleaning, food service and extracurricular activities among other topics.
"Schools and other institutions in our community can operate safely if they carefully follow all recommended public health practices," County Health Officer Dr. Sara Cody said," and they must move forward with their preparations now to ensure they have all the measures in place."
No exact date was provided for reopening, but according to a press release the date will depend on the containment of the virus in the weeks ahead.
The guidelines provided vary according to age group, but overall, the prevention measures focus on the following:
- Minimizing the number of people who come into contact with each other.
- Maximizing physical distance between people.
- Reducing the time people spend in close proximity to others.
- Measures to minimize the dispersion of droplets and aerosols.
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