SAN JOSE, CA – The Santa Clara County Office of Education (SCCOE) along with the Santa Clara County Public Health Department (SCCPHD) released a video message stressing the importance of keeping students in full-time, in-person learning environments.
As of June 30, 2021 school districts may no longer offer remote or virtual learning in lieu of in-person instruction. Students learn best when they are amongst their peers and have access to school resources. Schools are working with the SCCOE and SCCPHD to implement the latest California Department of Public Health school guidance and are practicing the best risk mitigation strategies.
“Keeping our students, staff, and families safe remains our top priority,” stated Dr. Mary Ann Dewan, County Superintendent of Schools. “We are working alongside our school districts to protect in-person learning and practice the appropriate safety protocols.”
Santa Clara County Public Health Director, Dr. Sara Cody, added, “The good news is that the cases we are seeing from Omicron are milder than previous COVID cases. We have also learned that we need to find ways to coexist and live with COVID. We have learned a lot from the previous two years.”
Both officials agreed that school is where our county students should be – it is a county goal to make sure the students get a solid, in-person education. “Remote learning does not support student mental health, emotional health, and academic well-being the way that in-person learning does,” said Dr. Cody.
“Our schools are committed to healthy environments for students and staff,” said Dr. Dewan. “Schools throughout Santa Clara County have been working diligently to ensure safe classrooms and it remains critically important to use all proven layers of protection: masking, vaccinations and boosters for those that are eligible, testing, and remaining home when not feeling well.”