School Outbreaks? OC Health Officials Say Reporting Will Be Left Up to School Districts.

As Orange County schools resume in-person learning, health officials say reporting of any outbreaks in schools will be left up to individual districts. The Orange County Health Care Agency will not be disclosing those cases, Dr. Margaret Bredehoft, Deputy Director of Public Health for the agency, said Thursday.

Some teachers have been protesting what they see as a haphazard reopening plan. There have been complaints about the lack of a testing regime and even threats of a teachers strike.

“It seems so odd that we are trusted experts when we are with students, but our judgment isn’t trusted when it comes to the district reopening plan. As the classroom experts, we see major holes in the plan and schedule that has been dictated,” Joy Schnapper, president of the Capistrano Unified Education Association, said Wednesday (Voice of OC).

“It is extremely dismissive when our professional opinions are blatantly ignored.”

Similar criticisms have been lodged by teachers from the Newport-Mesa Unified School District, Irvine Unified School District, and Saddleback Valley Unified School District.

Those in favor of immediate reopening say distance learning has been inherently discriminatory. They note a rise in anxiety and other mental health issues as a result of students’ isolation and the negative impact school closures have had on working parents.

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