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Santa Clara, San Mateo counties start granting waivers to schools and districts

Original post made on Sep 2, 2020

Two schools and three public districts in Santa Clara County and 14 elementary schools in San Mateo County have been approved to reopen for in-person instruction, some as soon as next week.

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Posted by ML Kyle
a resident of Monta Loma
on Sep 2, 2020 at 2:23 pm

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They’re only approving waivers for kids with disabilities or who are low income. The waiver process says nothing about that, but there’s a clear political agenda in who is getting a waiver.

My sons school still hasn’t gotten their waiver and this is nuts. They can follow all guidelines and the county keeps sitting on the schools application.

This madness is unacceptable.


Posted by Community Minded
a resident of another community
on Sep 2, 2020 at 2:44 pm

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Doesn’t sound “political” to me, @MLKyle. Sounds like our county officials are prioritizing those with greatest need. I appreciate our county officials for setting that sensible and just goal.


Posted by ML Kyle
a resident of Monta Loma
on Sep 2, 2020 at 3:08 pm

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They’re not prioritizing anything, they’re picking and choosing. Meanwhile private schools don’t have property taxes to go off of.

Orange and San Diego counties have safely approved over 100 waivers, in collaboration with the state of California. Why can’t Santa Clara county do the same?


Posted by Gary
a resident of Sylvan Park
on Sep 2, 2020 at 8:37 pm

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In-person schooling will spread the virus. The smaller each group, the lower the transmission. Trump is planning to announce - falsely - that he has discovered and made available a miracle vaccine to save everyone not yet sick or dead. Putin will vouch for the fake story. Watch. And Vote early.


Posted by Gary
a resident of Sylvan Park
on Sep 2, 2020 at 9:31 pm

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Evidently, there is new Fox News (witch) doctor advising President Trump on "herd immunity." There are plenty to sheep. Thin the herd.


Posted by Concerned
a resident of Whisman Station
on Sep 3, 2020 at 2:46 pm

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I don't understand why Santa Clara county is taking such a long time to approve waiver applications from schools that have applied weeks ago. These schools have prepared carefully to follow all county guidelines in coordination with their assigned liasions and still haven't received approval.

Schools were promised a decision within fourteen days and haven't heard back on the status of their application even after that period. The education department is being inefficient and unprofessional delaying approvals after strongly encouraging elementary schools to apply for these waivers.


Posted by Tal Shaya
a resident of another community
on Sep 4, 2020 at 6:25 am

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Santa Clara County was the one Bay Area county that didn't go along with the face mask requirement. What is the point of making laws about our health if we turn around and issue waivers? We should not be using our own children as guinea pigs. This stupidity is why America is getting crushed by COVID as other nations move past it.


Posted by Steven Nelson
a resident of Cuesta Park
on Sep 4, 2020 at 12:53 pm

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@Tai, I am not quite sure SC Co. 'did not go along with the face mask requirement' - rather even our own North Co. Supervisor, Simitian: Did Not Vote For Reasonable/Compatible FINES For violating the Face Mask Mandate. Our Co. does not match San Mateo Co. dollar fines. Our "fines" start at $0! IMO that is pretty stupid 'enforcement' public policy, for a scientifically solved public health issue. After 5 months! $100 first time fine!

The 'clearly poor' can get a deferral ONLY for First Time, but ONLY IF they do not violate again. The Wealthy - let them pay FULL FREIGHT from the first. The youth? FULL FINE first time also (w/ 'clearly poor' deferral).

Use our fully capitalist form of community coercion (the Almighty Dollar).


Posted by Steven Nelson
a resident of Cuesta Park
on Sep 4, 2020 at 12:55 pm

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By The Way - below is the link to the County's list of schools that have been granted Or Even Applied for a Waiver. (note lack of MVWSD and MVLA)

Web Link


Posted by Steven Nelson
a resident of Cuesta Park
on Sep 7, 2020 at 4:32 pm

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Our County Health Department is even working through the Holiday! The link above:
Last updated: 9/7/2020 4:12 PM (still no MVWSD, MVLA or PAUSD)


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