031721 SC briefing1About 70,000 school students across Sonoma County are heading back to classrooms in April. 

So far, 47 schools across Sonoma County have the green light to reopen soon to a hybrid model, said county supervisor Susan Gorin.

“A list of local schools and districts that have submitted COVID-19 safety plans, and the status of those plans, can be found at socoemergency.com in the corona[virus] education section,” said Gorin at the county's weekly briefing. 

To help facilitate school reopenings, the county’s office of education opened its own vaccination clinic. 

“And that vaccination clinic will be closing approximately around March 25th, because we will have done our duty," said Sonoma County superintendent Steve Herrington. "We will have extended our services to 17,200 school employees from pre-school all the way through the university system. We are doing our last call for educators this week, and next week, to finish this up.” 

Herrington said his office has brought on eight additional behavioral health specialists to help public and private school kids with mental health issues, at least for the few weeks they’ll be back on campuses before the summer break.

“Remember, our 4th graders…kindergarten through fourth grade, have not had a full academic year," Herrington said. Besides the pandemic, "they have been victimized by three fires, a federal disaster flood, smoke and power outages, so our school children up until the 4th grade have never had their full 180-days of instruction."

Now that Sonoma County is in the state’s red tier, all grade levels at all schools can move forward with reopening. When they return to campuses twice a week, Sonoma County’s middle and high school students will have fewer classes and shorter breaks between those classes, in an effort to limit student congregation.

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