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Several LA Catholic schools keeping classrooms open amid virus surge

A student at her desk on the first day of in-person instruction

A total of 47 Catholic schools in Los Angeles, Ventura, and Santa Barbara counties can offer some form of in-person instruction to students, despite COVID-19 restrictions that have caused most local schools to continue with distance learning.

Thirty-six schools in the Archdiocese of Los Angeles have been granted waivers from Los Angeles County to reopen their classrooms in the last month, according to the Department of Catholic Schools. The first, St. Maria Goretti in Long Beach, opened its doors Oct. 26.

Waiver applications from several more Catholic schools in LA County are currently pending, according to Department of Catholic Schools Assistant Superintendent Ryan Halverson. Such waivers are required for schools to open in counties classified under California’s most restrictive “purple tier,” which most counties in the state are currently in.

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