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Sánchez & OC Delegation Request Briefing from School Board Over Its Decision to Reopen Schools

July 14, 2020
Press Release

Washington, DC—U.S. Representatives Linda T. Sánchez (CA-38), Harley Rouda (CA-48), and Katie Porter (CA-45) led a group of Orange County lawmakers in requesting a briefing from the Board of Education over its decision to reopen schools this fall. In a letter to the Board, the Members expressed safety concerns and sought additional clarification over its recommendations.

The Members wrote, “Last night’s Board meeting highlighted the worries held by parents about their children’s sense of normalcy and emotional health. Just as valid are the concerns for children’s, teacher’s, and staff’s physical health. We are deeply concerned by the Board’s decision to not address the health threats that COVID-19 poses to our communities with its recommendations to reopen schools without the use of face masks, social distancing, or reduced class sizes.”

They continued, “As of July 13, there were 1,382 confirmed cases of COVID-19 among individuals ages 0-17-years. Indeed, COVID-19 cases are on the rise in the County and its surrounding areas, so we also appreciate the Orange County Health Care Agency’s (HCA) involvement with the White Paper. We request a briefing with the Board and HCA to better understand the recommendations for schools reopening in the fall.”

The letter was cosigned by Reps. Alan Lowenthal (CA-47), Gilbert R. Cisneros, Jr. (CA-39), J. Luis Correa (CA-46), and Mike Levin (CA-49).

Full text of the letter can be found here.