Wiseburn COVID-19 Dashboard

December 16, 2020

We continue to see a rise in the COVID-19 metrics that has now led to a regional stay-at-home order in Los Angeles. This continues to hinder general in-person education for schools, but WUSD is exploring the feasibility of TK-2 in-person education with the new waiver we received from the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health.

NOTE: This month, we will only have one Dashboard due to the upcoming holiday. We’ll resume with another dashboard in mid-January.

COVID-19 Data

CA County Map
Statewide metrics

63.9 New COVID-19 positive cases per day per 100K
(Increase of 47.4 from last WUSD Dashboard on Nov. 21)

11.3% Positivity rate
(Increase of 6.1 from last WUSD Dashboard)

9.9% ICU availability
(New metric added since last WUSD Dashboard)

LA County
Los Angeles County metrics

84.4 New COVID-19 cases per day per 100K
(Increase of 63.8 from last WUSD Dashboard)

42.2 Adjusted case rate for tier assignment
(Increase of 28.5 from last WUSD Dashboard)

11.4% Positivity rate
(Increase of 6.1% from last WUSD Dashboard)

Los Angeles County Tier:

WIDESPREAD

Minimum requirements to move tiers

County risk level chart

Counties must meet the following two conditions in order to move from the Widespread to the Substantial tier:

  • Positivity rate must be below 8%
  • Cases per 100,000 residents must be below 7 new cases per 100,000 residents

(Source for all the above data and information)

Outlook for COVID-19 in Los Angeles County

We are in the midst of an unprecedented surge in cases and hospitalizations in California and across the country. Without immediate action many hospital Intensive Care Units (ICU) will reach capacity before the end of the year.

The Regional Stay Home Order, announced December 3, 2020, adds restrictions in regions with less than 15% ICU bed capacity. It prohibits gatherings of any size, closes operations except for critical infrastructure and retail, and requires 100% masking and physical distancing.

Los Angeles County falls under the Southern California region, which currently has 1.7% ICU availability.

According to the Los Angeles Times, "the number of people hospitalized in L.A. County with coronavirus infections has doubled since Thanksgiving and quadrupled in the last month, when there were 942 coronavirus-infected patients in L.A. County hospitals on Nov. 11."

What this means for schools

Under the new Regional Stay Home Order, the guidance related to K-12 schools currently remains in effect and unchanged.

Schools may not reopen fully for in-person instruction until the county has been in the Substantial (red) tier for two weeks. To move forward, a county must meet the next tier's criteria for two consecutive weeks (28 days minimum). See our animated explanation of how schools in Los Angeles County can reopen as the county progresses tiers in this video explanation by Superintendent Blake Silvers.

Local school and health officials may decide to open elementary schools, and school officials may decide to conduct in-person instruction for a limited set of students in small cohorts. In Los Angeles County, the ability to pursue these options is dependent upon approval from the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health (LADPH).

What this all means for Wiseburn

Once Los Angeles County meets the minimum requirements to move tiers, it will take at least 28 days of meeting those requirements before the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health (LADPH) will consider a reopening for general in-person education. Essentially, it'll take at least a month from the start of meeting the Substantial (Red) tier metrics before we would be able to consider a reopening for general education.

However, WUSD has been authorized by the LADPH to reopen in the limited capacity we are currently operating under. The District has been open since November 2 for in-person services for students with special needs, and many staff members have also worked from our sites, in gradually larger numbers, since March.

Under our implemented safety measures, we have not had an outbreak of COVID-19 on our campuses.

As we announced on Dec. 5, the LADPH also granted WUSD a waiver that will allow the district to consider a return to campus for our TK-2 students at Anza and Cabrillo in small and stable cohorts and for limited amounts of time.

At this time, we are planning for the possibility of bringing cohorts of our TK-2 students back beginning on January 25, 2021 at the earliest, due to the current risk COVID-19 presents in Los Angeles County. As has been our procedure since the beginning of the pandemic, any reopening with a substantial number of returning students will be done with careful consideration of the safety concerns and safety risks.

Currently, we are engaging a staff leadership and advisory team to solidify our plan for the reopening of TK-2 in-person instruction under the waiver. We plan to also send a survey to families in mid-January that contains the possible hybrid schedule so families can see what instruction may look like when making their decisions. The survey will also include an option for those students who choose to remain in a 100% Distance model.

Our planning also includes preparing for the potential reopening of our preschool and extended day program. The analysis and potential reopening of our general education preschool and extended day program is a priority as we understand the mounting need for this support for our families. However, we will rebuild this program with a lens of safety for our students, families, and greater community.

We will still be providing students, families, and caregivers with the choice to opt in or out for in-person education when we are able to provide it. In the event of a physical school reopening, families will have an option for either our in-person learning or our distance learning model.

We continue to monitor the numbers and the directives and mandates from the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health (LADPH) and the state of California, which determine when we can reopen fully for in-person general education. Our goal remains to bring students back to campuses when it is safe to do so.

In the meantime, we encourage our families to take the recommended precautions to keep safe during this pandemic, particularly as we approach the holiday season in an especially difficult moment of the COVID-19 crisis. We hope the measures in place to slow the spread of COVID-19 will be effective and help to keep our community safe and healthy until we can see each other in person again.

What we're reading

LA Times
Tracking the coronavirus in Los Angeles County

This comprehensive dashboard from the Los Angeles Times is updated daily with data and trends on COVID-19 from across Los Angeles County.

Read more
www.latimes.com

LA County Office of Education
COVID-19 Resources for Parents

This regularly-updated document, compiled by the Los Angeles County Office of Education, contains links to resources to assist parents and students during the school closures.

Read more
docs.google.com

California Dept. of Education Weekly COVID-19 Update

In these weekly updates, the Office of the State Superintendent of Public Instruction shares updates from State Superintendent Tony Thurmond.

Read more
www.cde.ca.gov

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