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Sonoma Family Life Magazine

County Issues Guidance on Reopening Schools

COVID-19 has wreaked havoc on the lives of students and teachers. As schools gear up for in-person classes in the fall, families wonder what to expect. “Roadmap to a Safe Reopening,” produced by the Sonoma County Department of Health Services and a committee of regional superintendents, offers a snapshot of how students and teachers will proceed. Here are some of the report’s guidelines:

• Students should be seated six feet apart.

• Face coverings should be students older than 12 and staff.

• Face coverings are not required for children 12 and younger, but are recommended.

• Face coverings are particularly important when children are not able to social distance.

• Teachers should limit close interaction with students.

The guidelines acknowledge that making young children social distance may be challenging and encourage educators to simply redirect children as needed. School districts are encouraged to continue to provide distance-learning and/or a hybrid of online and in-person classes for those families who are uncomfortable sending their children to school.

To read the full report, go to