14 Local Schools Allowed to Reopen

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Public Health Department Director Van Do-Reynoso
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By edhat staff

The Santa Barbara County of Public Health Department (PHD) announced 14 local K-6 schools are allowed to reopen amidst the COVID-19 pandemic.

PHD Director Van Do-Reynoso gave a presentation to the County Board of Supervisors Tuesday morning on the county's progress in dealing with COVID-19.

School Reopenings

Based on the state's approval, fourteen local elementary schools are allowed to reopen for in-person learning with restrictions, three more are being reviewed by the California Department of Public Health (CDPH), five schools are working with PHD before sending to the state for approval, and two new submissions were just received. Below are the schools in these categories

Schools Allowed to Reopen

1. Howard School
2. Knox School
3. Laguna Blanca
4. Waldorf School
5. Coastline Christian Academy
6. SYV Family School
7. Santa Ynez Valley Christian Academy
8. Pacific Christian School
9. Montessori Center School
10. Valley Christian Academy
11. Crane School
12. St. Raphael School
13. St. Mary of the Assumption
14. Marymount

Schools Being Reviewed by CDPH

1. Cold Spring School District
2. Montecito Union School District
3. Providence.

Schools Working with PHD

1. Dunn School
2. Our Lady of Mount Carmel School
3. Blochman Union School District
4. Notre Dame School
5. St Louis de Montford

New Application Submissions Received by PHD
1. SYV Charter School
2. La Purisima Conception

Community Members Encouraged to Get Tested

Do-Reynoso also addressed a question from Supervisor Das Williams regarding COVID-19 testing availability in the county and the recent messaging urging community members to get tested.

She stated early on in the pandemic, there was a shortage of testing and processing supplies and their department followed guidelines set by CDPH and the Centers for Disease Control (CDC). At that time testing was prioritized for "tier one" community members including those exhibiting symptoms, those hospitalized, and essential workers.

"I think that message has fluctuated because of again, the supply chain issues. Now that the state has increased their supply and our county has plenty of supply, and as well as the processing, the turnaround time has greatly improved," said Do-Reynoso. 

She went on to state that earlier in the summer the turnaround COVID-19 processing time anywhere from 7 to 10 days and for August, PHD was seeing turnaround times for 2 to 3 days and some within one day. Now they are encouraging anyone who is needing to get tested to seek testing at county-sponsored sites, personal physician, or state-sponsored locations.

"The other piece is that we are encouraging people to get tested primarily because one, the availability. Two because of the quick turnaround time and results, and three you may be asymptomatic and you may have been exposed but not be aware. And so now that the opportunity is available we are encouraging people to get tested," said Do-Reynoso.

Tier Status

Santa Barbara County remains in the highest "widespread tier" that's colored purple for failing to lower its case rate. The county will need to achieve 7 or less new COVID-19 cases per day during a seven-day average. The current number is 9.1. The county is already meeting the testing positivity rate at 4.8%

Moving down to the "substantial tier" that's colored red would allow the county re-open indoor business operations at 10-25% capacity that are currently outdoor only. Santa Barbara County's data will be reevaluated by the state next Monday.

In the past week, the majority of Santa Barbara county has seen a downward trend in new cases, except Isla Vista and Goleta. Over the past two weeks, total cases increased by 7%, hospitalizations decreased by 30%, and intensive care stays decreased by 56%.

Current Numbers

As of Monday, the total number of COVID-19 cases is 8,718 with 162 of those being active. PHD reported one death of an individual who tested positive for COVID-19. The Santa Barbara County resident was 50-69 years of age, resided in the City of Santa Maria, had underlying medical conditions and was not associated with a congregate living facility.

As of late Tuesday afternoon, PHD released the latest numbers including an additional death. The Santa Barbara County resident was 50-69 years of age, resided in the City of Santa Maria, had underlying medical conditions and was associated with an outbreak at a congregate living facility.

The death toll has now reached 107, a 1.2% death rate.

There were 26 new COVID-19 cases added on Tuesday bringing the total to 8,741 with 149 of those being active.

There are currently 32 people hospitalized including 8 in the ICU.

More data can be found at https://publichealthsbc.org

[Editor's Note: This "Current Numbers" section has been updated with Tuesday's COVID-19 data released by PHD.]

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bosco Sep 15, 2020 01:32 PM
14 Local Schools Allowed to Reopen

Yet SBUSD Superintendent Maldonado stated they have no interest in filing for a waiver. No explanation of what resources are needed and no information on what it would take for the district to file. It's an embarrassment. The latest is about 380 kids have been pulled out of the public school system. The school board continues to throw fact based risk assessment out the window and fail our children and community. Quit pretending like virtual learning is in any way acceptable and do your jobs already. Many board members are up for reelection. If they can't step up, they need to be out. I'm looking at you Laura Capps, Jacqueline Reid and Wendy Sims-Moten.

LFG Sep 16, 2020 11:15 PM
14 Local Schools Allowed to Reopen

Your assumptions are public education's primary focus and priority is education. Unfortunately their primary focus are teacher's unions and pushing political agendas. This pandemic couldn't have made this more clear. It's the reason we homeschooled and our first two kids graduated SBCC at 18 w/ their AAs and their first 2 years of college debt free. The farce of $50-70k education has also been laid bare.

letmego Sep 16, 2020 01:11 PM
14 Local Schools Allowed to Reopen

What you may notice, if you look at the list of schools, is that they are all either private schools (with more money), or public schools (that are more generously funded than SBUnified). They also have far fewer students.

What Ms. Maldonaldo has said is that while they are not interested in getting a waiver, they are, in fact, making plans to bring smaller cohorts back to campus (the neediest students), within the next few weeks. (This action does not actually require a waiver.)

Byzantium Sep 15, 2020 02:40 PM
14 Local Schools Allowed to Reopen

Look at the SB County School Board on your ballot when looking for change. County Schools Board should have been on the front lines, bully pulpit if nothing else, getting our local public school students back into their classrooms. Public education gets the biggest slice of our tax dollars by far (50%); but private schools are now where you must go if you actually want your kids to get an education. This is wrong in so many ways. Teacher-union backed school board candidates have simply not earned re-election. If you see "incumbent", toss them out.


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