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17 schools approved for in-person learning in Santa Barbara Co.

Safely Back to School
Posted at 5:58 PM, Sep 16, 2020
and last updated 2020-09-16 23:09:44-04

Santa Barbara County health officials say 26 schools applied for waivers that to allow elementary students to come back to school.

Seventeen of those requests are approved.

One of the schools approved is St. Mary of the Assumption School in Santa Maria, opening next week.

The school submitted a plan on how it will mitigate risks for the transmission of coronavirus.

St. Mary of the Assumption School has been holding classes online, but school officials say they are happy to return to the classroom.

"We're very excited about bringing them back. We've missed them. A school is not the same when it's super quite and there aren't kids running around,” said Michelle Cox, principal of St. Mary’s of the Assumption School.

About 200 students will be back in class next Wednesday. Seventh and eighth grade are yet to be determined.

If a student tests positive, school officials say they will be isolated and quarantined.

Parents must sign a family pledge agreeing to follow the guidelines laid out by the school.