August 17, 2020
Inyo County School Guidance
On August 13, 2020, Inyo County Health Officer, Dr. James Richardson, met with Inyo County public school district superintendents to convey a local public health recommendation that all schools open exclusively with a distance learning model for grades TK-12. Dr. Richardson made this recommendation in light of local case rate increases as well as national data trends indicating a 90% increase in COVID-19 case positivity rates in children.
Since that recommendation was issued, Inyo County has been notified by the California Department of Public Health that it will be placed on the state monitoring list as of August 17, 2020, but effective retroactively to August 6, 2020. While on the monitoring list, all schools will be prohibited from offering in-classroom instruction. In classroom instruction will not be permitted to resume until the county is off the state monitoring list for 14 consecutive days. The most recent California Department of Public Health (CDPH) reopening and closing schools guidance can be viewed at: https://www.cdph.ca.gov/Progra... 0Reopening%20Recommendations.pdf
The State has established a mechanism for schools to apply for a waiver in order to provide in-classroom instruction for elementary school students, contingent upon local Health Officer approval and within parameters set forth by the State. The California Department of Public Health has clarified that elementary school waivers are not recommended in jurisdictions where the case rate exceeds 200 cases per 100,000 residents within a 14 day period. According to CDPH, Inyo County’s case rate is currently 320 cases per 100,000 residents. The CDPH guidance on the in-person elementary education waiver process can be viewed at: https://www.cdph.ca.gov/Progra... ss.aspx
Dr. Richardson is postponing review of elementary school waivers until September 1, 2020, or until Inyo County’s case rate falls below 200 cases per 100,000 for at least 3 consecutive days, whichever is greater.
For general CDPH school guidance please visit the below resource links: https://files.covid19.ca.gov/p... https://www.cdph.ca.gov/Progra...