County Helps Schools and Students “Return Safe, Return Strong”

By Staff Reports

(Victor Valley)– Throughout California, many students are returning to classrooms for the first time in well over a year. The County is doing its part to support local schools and school districts by making sure students in our communities “Return Safe, Return Strong.”

That’s the slogan of the County Back to School Task Force, which includes several cooperative and voluntary initiatives to help schools comply with State mandates, carry out their safety plans, and respond to outbreaks should any occur.

“The State makes policy for our local public schools and our local school boards have the heavy task of implementing those State mandates at the classroom and student levels,” said Board of Supervisors Chairman Curt Hagman. “The County has no jurisdiction over schools, and the County has no legal standing to exempt schools from State mandates. What the County is offering to do is lend our public and private schools the benefit of our highly trained personnel, best practices, and other resources to help them achieve their goals.”

The County Back to School Task Force efforts will include:

  • County Public Health teams that will be available to visit school sites and offer advice on safety measures.
  • Making safety supplies and gear available to schools in need.
  • Having health educators from County Public Health and Arrowhead Regional Medical Center available to visit middle schools and high schools to discuss COVID-19 vaccines.
  • Instituting a quick-response team to provide testing, contact-tracing, and infection-prevention services to K-12 schools and higher-education institutions in the event of a COVID-19 outbreak.

After almost a year and a half struggling outside of the classroom, all of us owe it to our students, parents, teachers, and other school personnel to make this long-awaited transition back to campus as smooth and as safe as possible,” Chairman Hagman said. “That was the inspiration behind this program.”

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