Ron Nunn school supply distribution_2020

Photo by Tony Kukulich

Teachers and administrators distribute school supplies to parents and students during a drive-thru event at Ron Nunn Elementary School in Brentwood, Calif., Tuesday, July 28, 2020. The first day of school for students of the Brentwood Union School District was July 29 and all classes will be conducted via distance learning in accordance with state guidelines resulting from COVID-19 pandemic.

While schools across the country have closed to pursue distance learning due to the coronavirus pandemic, the State of California has come up with a procedure to allow elementary schools to reopen under certain circumstances.

Though schools in counties on the governor’s “watch list” – including Contra Costa – can apply for the waiver, it is an option none of the local superintendents intend to pursue.

“At this point, the school board has not indicated that they would pursue a waiver,” Brentwood Union School District Superintendent Dr. Dana Eaton said. “They are concerned about the high community spread that keeps us on the watch list. They are also concerned about the inadequate testing, and results that can take as much as two weeks to return. That would make it very difficult to operate in a school setting.”


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