The Orange County Board of Education voted Monday, 4 to 1 to approve a series of recommendations that would welcome back students, teachers, and staff in the fall, but without requiring the wearing of face coverings and social distancing, vital safety features to slow the spread of the infectious coronavirus.
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The lone dissenting vote was from District 1Trustee Beckie Gomez, and the only board member to wear a face mask during the school board meeting.
The guidance came from a panel of medical experts and education leaders. It also included Orange County Health Care Agency Director Dr. Clayton Chau and County Supervisor Don Wagner, The O.C Voice reports.
Temperature checks, frequent hand washing, and nightly cleanings of classrooms, school buses, and offices, but mask and social distancing won't be required.
One of the recommendations that were adopted by the board was parents can "send their children to a district or charter school" and "Some parents with the means will opt for private schools or homeschooling."
But, but, but:
Even though the board has the distinguished bureaucratic title of 'board of education,' the Orange County Board of Education has no authority to impose its new guidelines on any of its 27 school districts, according to The OC Register.