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California schools not required to notify parents of positive COV

According to present state laws, solely parents of college students in shut contact with the contaminated pupil (inside 6-feet for greater than quarter-hour) should be notified

SAN DIEGO COUNTY, Calif. — On Monday, a highschool in Chula Vista despatched an e-mail to parents letting them know that a number of individuals on campus examined positive for COVID-19. However, the college didn’t have to inform them.

According to present state laws, solely parents of college students in shut contact with the contaminated pupil (inside 6-feet for greater than quarter-hour) should be notified.

“There’s no community notification required, so it really is up to the school to determine strategically what makes sense in terms of communication,” stated Bob Mueller with San Diego County Office of Education.

Mueller says the state is frequently updating its insurance policies, however one factor stays the identical – the identification of these testing positive won’t ever be revealed.

“Privacy rights are a big deal. California law requires that student information be kept private.”

But for parents, that may be irritating. They’re relying solely on the college to do the contact tracing and a few are frightened shut contacts are being missed. Others imagine the knowledge is being launched too slowly.

Administrators do not agree, arguing schools are doing a fantastic job underneath the circumstances.

“There are almost half a million kids in school in the county and in any given week there are about 300 positive cases on school campuses, so it’s a pretty small number,” Mueller stated.

County leaders say they’ve seen a current improve in COVID instances amongst college students ages 6-11, however the rate amongst older college students has been holding regular. Especially as extra of them get vaccinated.

Regardless of vaccination standing, the state presently requires all college students to put on masks indoors, and college officers say even when youthful college students can get vaccinated, it does not seem that will probably be altering anytime quickly.

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