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Long Beach Issues New Health Order Protocols Protocols Address Higher Education Institutions and School-Aged Childcare Providers

Long Beach Issues New Health Order Protocols Protocols Address Higher Education Institutions and School-Aged Childcare Providers
 
Long Beach, CA - Today, the Long Beach Department of Health and Human Services (Health Department) issued protocols for the City’s Safer at Home Health Order addressing institutes of higher education and school-aged childcare providers in an effort to limit the spread of COVID-19.
 
K-12 Schools
The State Public Health Officer requires all public and private schools (K-12) in counties in Tier 1 of the State’s Blueprint for a Safer Economy, including the County of Los Angeles and the City of Long Beach, to remain closed to in-person instruction. Public and private K-12 schools may provide specialized in-person services for high needs students, such as those with Individual Education Programs (IEPs), disabilities, English language learners and other at-risk students, and limited to no more than 25% of maximum occupancy of a particular school. Each stable group, or cohort, can be no more than 14 students and two instructors and must not mix with other cohorts.
 
The City of Long Beach is not accepting waivers for in person instruction for elementary schools at this time. Schools (K-12) that plan to offer in-person specialized services to small cohorts of high need students must complete and follow the Reopening Protocols for K-12 Schools and the Protocol for COVID-19 Exposure Management Plan in K-12 Schools.
 
Institutes of Higher Education
Colleges and universities in Long Beach will not be able to resume all in-person academic instruction at this time. Institutions may continue to offer in-person training and instruction for essential workforce for only those activities that cannot be accomplished through virtual learning. All other academic instruction must continue to be done via distance-learning as specified in the Protocols for Institutes of Higher Education and the Protocol for COVID-19 Exposure Management Plan for Institutes of Higher Education.
 
School-Aged Childcare Providers 
To the extent possible, childcare facilities must operate under the following mandatory conditions:   

 
As of September 9, there have been 11,039 positive cases of COVID-19 and 227 deaths reported in Long Beach. Approximately 10,189 individuals have recovered.
 
This action was put in place by the City Health Officer, Dr. Anissa Davis, and in accordance with the Emergency Powers granted to the City Manager through the Proclamation of Local Emergency. It is effective as of August 13, 2020, and will continue until it is extended, rescinded or amended in writing by the Health Officer.
 
For the latest information on COVID-19, with details on all that the City of Long Beach is doing to keep its residents safe, visit longbeach.gov/COVID19 and follow @LongBeachCity on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. 
 

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