LA County Public Health announced an update to applying for waivers.
LA County Public Health said "At this point, the school waiver process will not be reopening for applications."
"Given the need to review the implications of the new state guidance on school re-opening plans, at this point, we are not ready to open up our waiver process for schools," Barbara Ferrer said Wednesday.Los Angeles County elementary schools may soon be able to start applying for waivers to allow kids in transitional kindergarten through sixth grade to return to campus.
The county's 14-day case rate has dropped below 200 cases per 100,000 residents, the state's threshold for kicking off the waiver process.
"That is a decision that is a local one," Dr. Mark Ghaly, the state's Health and Human Services secretary, says.
"I would say as a resident of LA county and a long time former employee I trust their ability to make good decisions with their local school districts," Ghaly said.
LA County isn't opening the school waiver application process just yet.
The public health department says, in a statement, it's "working to assess...new guidance issued...by the [state> to determine what additional adjustments may be needed before opening up the waiver process."
.@lapublichealth says it’s “working to assess the new guidance issued today by the CDPH to determine what additional adjustments may be needed before opening up the waiver process. Public Health will advise as soon as the school waiver application process is opened.” @KNX1070https://t.co/xjGDFxJJHI