On Friday, Aug. 28, Governor Gavin Newsom announced changes to the state’s reopening plan, which affects when and how schools can bring students back for in-person learning. Find more info on OLM’s reopening plans here.
On Aug. 25, Los Angeles County hit 197.5 COVID-19 cases per 100,000 residents—which was cause for a small celebration in the Our Lady of Malibu School offices. For the past few weeks, staff at the local Catholic school have waited to see whether the case rate would drop below 200. That’s the number the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health (following the state’s lead) had set as the threshold to pass before considering opening the in-person waiver application, which would allow schools to bring students back into classrooms. LA County Public Health said in a statement Tuesday that it was “heartened by the case rates falling below 200” and was “working to assess the new guidance issued … by the CDPH [California Department of Public Health] to determine what additional adjustments may be needed before opening up the waiver process.”