Central Valley schools to reopen

Some Central Valley counties (Fresno and Merced) as of a few weeks ago, have <delete link> downgraded from purple category (the most severe) to red category (one step below purple). This means fewer restrictions for businesses and the like, including schools. If a county doesn’t relapse back into the purple category, then schools can open so long as 14 consecutive days (of being in the red zone) have passed. However, in the event that these counties return to being in the purple zone after some schools have already applied for waivers, in which they can still reopen. The waivers may allow even for purple category counties (Madera, Tulare, and Kings) to reopen their schools as well.

However, there’s plenty of things that can go wrong. Schools are in enclosed spaces, kids aren’t (nor should you expect them to be) always methodological, generally don’t have the best hygiene/sanitary habits, and with the lack of rapid testing (or testing in general) and no COVID-19 vaccine in sight, I would imagine that reopening schools right now would be irresponsible. It will be a great challenge for everyone, but nevertheless, schools can reopen safely. Maybe just not now; in a few months maybe, when counties become orange or yellow (categories below purple and red).

Here is an updated list of the schools that have been approved for waivers:

Fresno County

  • Kings Canyon Unified School District
  • Kingsburg Elementary School
  • Kerman Unified School District
  • Laton Unified School District
  • St. Helen’s Catholic School
  • Truth Tabernacle Christian School
  • Fresno Adventist Academy
  • Carden School of Fresno
  • Faith Christian Academy
  • Edison-Bethune Charter School
  • Kepler Charter School
  • Pine Ridge Elementary School
  • Clay Joint Elementary School District
  • Fresno Christian School
  • Our Lady of Perpetual Help
  • St. Anthony’s Catholic School
  • St. LaSalle Catholic School
  • Kerman Christian

Madera County

  • St. Joachim
  • Sierra View Elementary
  • Webster Elementary
  • Hillside Elementary
  • Spring Valley School
  • North Fork School
  • Chawanakee Academy Charter School

Kings County

  • Island Union Elementary
  • Kings Christian School
  • Mary-Immaculate Queen School – Lemoore
  • Armona Union Academy
  • St. Rose-McCarthy Catholic School
  • Hanford Christian School

Tulare County

  • Saucelito Elementary
  • Hope Elementary
  • Central Valley Christian Academy
  • Sierra View Jr. Academy
  • George McCann
  • Dinuba Jr. Academy
  • St. Paul’s School
  • St. Anne’s Catholic School
  • Zion Lutheran School
  • St. Aloysius
  • Dinuba Jr. Academy
  • St. Paul’s Schoo
  • St. Anne’s Catholic School

Merced County

  • Our Lady of Miracles
  • Dos Palos Elementary
  • Bernhard Marks Elementary
  • Los Banos Adventist Christian School
  • St. Paul Lutheran School
  • El Nido Elementary
  • Our Lady of Fatima School
  • Our Lady of Mercy School
  • St. Anthony School
  • Le Grand Union Elementary School
  • Plainsburg Union Elementary School
  • Snelling Merced Falls School
  • Merced River School

(Source: Fresno Bee)