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Dozens of Elementary Schools Approved for Reopening

As of Thursday, 95 schools had applied for the waiver

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More than two dozen San Diego County elementary schools have had waivers permitting them to reopen approved by the state of California, allowing them reopen campuses for in-person instruction amid the coronavirus pandemic.

As of Thursday, 27 schools or school districts had waivers approved. They are:

  1. Calvary Christian Academy
  2. Christ Lutheran School
  3. Christian Unified School District East
  4. Christian Unified School District South
  5. Christian Unified School District West
  6. City Tree Christian School
  7. Francis Parker School
  8. Gillispie School
  9. La Jolla Country Day School
  10. Ocean View Christian Academy
  11. Ramona Lutheran Christian School
  12. Rancho Santa Fe School District
  13. Saint Patrick School
  14. Santa Fe Christian School
  15. Shepherd of the Hills Lutheran School
  16. The Bishop's School
  17. The Cambridge School
  18. The Community School of San Diego
  19. The Rock Academy
  20. Chabad Hebrew Academy
  21. Escondido Christian School
  22. Faithful Ambassadors Bible Baptist Academy
  23. San Diego French American School
  24. San Diego Jewish Academy
  25. St. Paul’s Lutheran School
  26. St. Therese Academy
  27. The Evans School

The approved schools were among the 95 that applied for the waiver. San Diego County Supervisor Nathan Fletcher said applications would be reviewed by county public health experts and then sent to the state for further review and guidance. If the county does not hear back from the state in three days, then, Fletcher said, those applications would be approved.

The county is listing the schools that have applied for the waiver on its website. Fletcher said the list would be updated every morning.

California schools have been closed for in-person instruction since mid-March, when California Gov. Gavin Newsom initiated statewide stay-at-home orders to prevent the spread of COVID-19.

While several districts came up with reopening plans for the start of the 2020-21 school year, the state issued new mandates in July that prevented K-12 schools from reopening in the fall if their county was on the state's COVID-19 monitoring list. San Diego County was one of them.

But on Aug. 3, California health officials released guidelines for elementary schools to seek waivers that would allow them to offer in-person classroom instruction. The waivers only apply to kindergarten through sixth grade because, health officials say, those students are less likely than older children to become infected or transmit the coronavirus.

The state guidelines say reopening plans must cover a raft of safety issues, from cleaning and disinfecting to health screenings, social distancing and mask-wearing for staff and students. The ability to keep children in “small, stable” groups should be one qualification, according to the guidelines.

Although the county is off of the state monitoring list as of Tuesday, there is a 14-day waiting period before all K-12 schools can have the option to reopen in person, without a waiver.

NBC 7 has been tracking how each school district in San Diego County plans to tackle the challenging 2020-21 school year.

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