The Superintendent announced Tuesday that after the COVID-19 outbreak forced the closure of the Loma Prieta Union School District last week, Los Gatos Rural Schools will reopen on Wednesday for full-time education.
The Loma Prieta Alliance School District, which includes elementary and high school on a single campus with 432 students near the Santa Cruz Mountains, has been closed since Friday following the discovery of nine positive cases last week, affecting both students and staff. …
On Friday, Loma Prieta began measuring the scale of the outbreak and conducted rapid tests for its students. As Superintendent Kevin Grier said in a press release, seventy percent of the test results were received, and they are all negative so far.… “Almost” all employees were tested and the results were also negative. Student testing will last until Thursday.
Grier “strongly” encouraged parents whose children had not yet been tested.
Starting October 18, the school district said it will begin providing free weekly COVID-19 testing for students with parental consent. He added that the district education department has informed the district that it will likely be able to host a vaccine clinic for children aged five and over on November 1. On October 7, Pfizer asked the FDA to approve the vaccine for children aged 5 to 11. A federal agency response is expected within a few weeks.
“As soon as we know more information about the timing and number of appointments per hour, we will give our parents the opportunity to make an appointment,” Greer wrote in an October 12 announcement. Grier did not immediately respond to a request for comment. In California, children 17 years of age and younger account for 14.6 percent of statewide cases.