MARIN COUNTY, Calif. (KRON) – Several schools in Marin County will be able to reopen for in-person classes starting September 8 as COVID-19 case data continues to improve.

15 schools waiver applications were approved by the Marin County Public Health.

“The progress we’ve made is making it possible to consider school reopenings,” said Dr. Matt Willis, Marin County Public Health Officer. “We’re at a critical juncture, and our ability to get kids back into school is up to all of us. It’s not time to relax our protective measures.”

They will be allowed to reopen for students in transitional kindergarten through 6th grade and will be required to follow a protection plan.

“They have to verify, comply with 30 different recommendations or orders for safe re-opening of schools, including establishing testing resources, making sure that they have the capacity to screen individuals both staff and students that come in, disinfectant procedures, etc. Some schools have taken a strategy where they’re going to bring in groups of students in the mornings, in the afternoons. Others are able to have students throughout the day on campus, it really depends on the number of the children, the architecture available and what their plan was,” Willis said.

11 other schools in the area have submitted an application to reopen but have not yet been cleared.

The schools allowed to reopen at this time (with grades affected in parentheses):

  • All Children Academics (K-5), San Rafael
  • Bayside Martin Luther King Jr. Academy (K-6), Marin City
  • Caulbridge School (K-6), San Rafael
  • Chronos Academy (K-6), San Anselmo
  • Laguna Elementary (K-6), Chileno Valley, West Marin
  • Lincoln Elementary (K-6), Hicks Valley, West Marin
  • Lycee Francais (K-6), Sausalito
  • Marin Waldorf (K-6), San Rafael
  • Mt. Tamalpais School (K-1), Mill Valley
  • New Village School (K-6), Sausalito
  • Northbridge Academy (2-6), Mill Valley
  • San Domenico School (K-6), San Anselmo
  • St. Anselm School, San Anselmo
  • Terra Marin (1-6), Mill Valley
  • Terra Micro Marin (K-6), Mill Valley

In addition, the special education and alternative education programs provided by the Marin County Office of Education will also have students in their classrooms, something they’ve done already in the spring and summer.

“Actually started in the Spring and we’ve been able to do it successfully and safely following very very strict protocols and so because of that, we demonstrated that ability, the state has made the determination we are able to continue our programs,” assistant superintendent Ken Lippi said.

In the state’s reopening plan, Marin County is currently in the Tier 1 status, or purple, but is nearing Tier 2 which has fewer restrictions.

If the county enters Tier 2, all schools will be able to open for in-person classes on September 22.

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