MILPITAS (CBS SF) – The Milpitas Unified School District said Sunday students can resume virtual learning for at least the coming week as the omicron variant of COVID-19 continues to hamper districts in the region of the bay to try to get back on level after the holidays.
The superintendent’s office issued a statement saying, “For the week of January 10-14, MUSD school sites will be open for in-person learning to meet the needs of our community. For parents / guardians concerned about the health and safety of their students, you can choose our independent, short or long term study program.
The statement encouraged families to contact their school principal for more information on independent studies.
The statement also said “after consulting with the Santa Clara County Office of Education, we learned that we are unable to offer a ‘district-wide quarantine” as noted in our Friday communication. . Community quarantines can be declared by county public health.
“In order for us to curb the increase in COVID cases among students and staff, we need everyone to follow safe masking, vaccination or booster protocols when they are eligible and available. “
“We have to find ways to coexist and live with COVID. We’re two years under our belt and we’ve learned a lot, ”said Dr. Sara Cody, Santa Clara County Public Health Officer. “We have learned that face-to-face learning is what they need and that distance learning does not support their mental health, emotional health, and academic well-being.”
Other school districts in the Bay Area were motivated to avoid reverting to distance learning.
The San Francisco Unified School District said it distributed more than 50,000 COVID-19 tests in a week and will continue to distribute more in the weeks to come.
“We are committed to keeping schools open for as long as we can do so safely and the Department of Public Health has said that with our safety protocols in place, schools remain low risk environments,” said SFUSD spokesperson Laura Dudnick.
The West Contra Costa Unified School District was able to close the school for two days starting Friday by moving non-student days into the school calendar and will remain closed on Monday.
Testing at district sites will be available again on Monday before schools reopen on Tuesday. WCCUSD is hoping this long weekend will not only give them time to deep clean their schools, but also allow students and staff to recover from any COVID infections.
Milpitas Unified said families still concerned about sending students to school in their district now that there will be no quarantine can pursue independent studies for their children.
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