Schools can now request waivers for in-person learning in SLO County

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Posted at 4:23 PM, Jul 29, 2020

The San Luis Obispo County Public Health Department is now accepting waiver applications from school districts that would like to provide in-person instruction this fall.

Currently, in-person learning is banned in San Luis Obispo County because of the county's status on the state's COVID-19 monitoring list. However, the state allows local health officers to grant waivers to elementary schools for in-person instruction after consultation with labor, parents, and community organizations.

At a press conference Wednesday afternoon, Dr. James Brescia, San Luis Obispo County Superintendent of Schools, said several school districts have already requested the waivers. If granted the waiver, most schools would still offer a virtual learning program.

The health department says waiver requests are expected to take at least one week for review after submission.

Waivers will only be available for elementary schools.

For more information on the process for schools to request a waiver, click here.