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Aug 20, 2020
Education specialist DJ Clovis demonstrates a robotic iPad controller called Swivl that rotates to follow instructors around the classroom as they teach on at Fairmont Preparatory Academy on Thursday, July 30, 2020 in Anaheim, CA. Fairmont is one of 24 private schools, along with six elementary schools in the Los Alamitos Unified School District, approved to resume in-person classes. (Photo by Jeff Gritchen, Orange County Register/SCNG) PUBLISHED: | UPDATED: August 20, 2020 at 3:31 p.m. More than two dozen schools got the OK to bring back elementary-age students to their campuses, Orange County health officials said Thursday. The schools, including 24 private educators and Los Alamitos Unified School District, received approval to resume in-person instruction from both the Orange County Health Care Agency and the California Department of Public Health. Most Orange County schools are restricted to reopening the 2020-21 academic year with online classes. But state officials left the door open for elementary schools in some counties to bring students back to campus through a waiver process. If the local coronavirus case rate continues to decrease, however, Orange County might be removed from a watch list as early as Saturday. And if the number of cases stays below the state’s threshhold for 14 days after that, all schools will have the option of resuming in-person instruction after Labor Day. Of some 100 schools that as of last week had applied to re-open, 24 were approved, acting county health officer Clayton Chau said during his press conference Thursday. They include: New Horizon School, Ivy Crest Montessori, St. Mary’s School, St. John’s Lutheran, Veritas Academy, St. Margaret’s Episcopal, Fairmont Schools, Calvary Christian School, Carden Hall; Montessori of Ladera Rach and Fountain Valley. Another 14 private schools got final approval shortly before Chau’s press conference. They are: Hebrew Academy, Covenant Christian Academy, Aliso Viejo Christian School, VanDamme Academy, Red Hill Lutheran School, TVT Community Day School, St. Paul’s Lutheran School, Grace Lutheran School, Monarch Bay Montessori Academy, E3 Academy, the Pegasus School, Pathway School and Grace Christian School. This is a developing story. Please check back for updates.