The In-Person Learning Exemption, LACOE Passport Helps Foster Care Youth

Process for Schools Seeking In-Person Learning Exemption

The California Department of Public Health (CDPH) announced last week that schools in LA County, and other monitored counties, cannot resume in-person learning this August. The State's directive, however, has allowed local health officers to consider granting waivers to school districts and private schools that would allow for the reopening of in-classroom instruction for students in grades TK through grade 6. 
LA County's Department of Public Health (DPH) aims to announce a well-defined waiver application process as early as this Friday so that interested school districts know how to apply.
The process will require that requests be submitted to DPH by: 1) a district superintendent or 2) a school board. Requests will also need to be accompanied by support from key stakeholders, including:
  • labor partners
  • parents
  • and community-based partners
Once a waiver's been submitted, DPH will consult with CDPH to assess the request and review regional data trends in COVID-19 cases and deaths, as well as capacity within the regional hospital system.
DPH will work with school districts to ensure that when schools are re-opened, they are able to adhere to existing directives outlined in our Health Order for the Reopening of Schools on distancing, infection control and managing outbreaks. Stay tuned for updates.

LACOE Passport Helps Meet Educational Needs of Foster Care Youth

In collaboration with LA County's Department of Children and Family Services (DCFS), the Los Angeles County Office of Education (LACOE) has developed mobile and web versions of their Educational Passport System, which provides all 80 county K-12 districts and 7,800 DCFS social workers with a free, centralized database of demographic and academic information for foster youth. This tool helps improve connectivity between LA County's social workers and foster care students, a critical need during the COVID-19 pandemic. Read more about LACOE'S Educational Passport here.