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Metro Health issues  fourth amended health directive related to school systems

Communications and Public Affairs: 207-7234
Published on Tuesday, February 2, 2021

Metro Health issues fourth amended health directive related to school systems

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SAN ANTONIO (February 2, 2021) –   Today, San Antonio’s Local Health Authority, Dr. Junda Woo, issued a fourth amendment to the current health directive related to our local school systems.  The revised health directive, either virtual or hybrid learning are options in Red Zone, but the directive stresses the importance of restricting other gatherings instead when community COVID levels are high. The directive adds links to new tools and FAQ’s provided by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), highlights the fact that contact sports are still not recommended in the Red Zone, and removes specific pod sizes while sharing CDC templates for classroom layouts.
At risk levels in the Red Zone.  Preventing transmission in K-12 settings requires reducing transmission in the community through policies such as restrictions on indoor dining. COVID testing should be offered to at least 25% of on-campus staff once a week, and class sizes should be smaller than in the Yellow Zone, with rigorous cohorting. In-person instruction prioritizes pre-kindergarten through elementary school students, special needs students, the most severely at-risk students, and students who lack access to resources. Building and room occupancy should be contingent on adequate ventilation and ability to create 6-foot distancing. Close contacts must be quarantined for 14 days.

  • Contact sports should be deferred. Athletes may engage in skill-building drills or conditioning at home, alone or with household members, under CDC guidance for youth sports here.
  • Colleges and universities should operate virtually.

Metro Health’s weekly school risk level, which includes varying levels of virus prevention tactics and guidance within its Red, Yellow and Green Zones, can be found here
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