“The lack of in-person learning has disrupted education, weakened social supports provided by school communities, negatively impacted mental health, and prevented participation in the rituals and shared milestones that unite our communities,” said a joint statement from the health workers. in the nine Bay Area counties, Monterey and Santa Cruz counties, and the city of Berkeley.
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Officials said “the science is now clear” that the risk of transmitting COVID-19 is very low in children wearing masks, even with reduced spacing. Officials also said the risk of classroom transmission was low initially and declined further as case rates declined.
Health officials also cited high vaccination rates and the availability of vaccines for children 12 and older.
“It’s time to move beyond the distance learning model and return to the full range of learning and support that our educational communities provide,” said Dr Sundari Mase, Sonoma County Health Officer, at the name of other agents.
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After classes moved online at the start of the pandemic in March 2020, the road to getting children back to classrooms has been long across much of the region.
In February, after the peak of the winter wave, only districts in Marin County, Napa County and a handful of communities in the rest of the Bay Area were offering in-person learning.
The pace of the reopening of classrooms eventually sparked rallies and was the subject of a trial in San Francisco.
While many Bay Area districts have started resuming in-person learning in March and April, some students will complete the school year remotely, including most middle and high school students in the San Francisco Unified School District. .
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The Fremont Unified School District, which serves about 35,000 students, also remains in distance education until the end of the school year after agreements could not be reached with teachers.