The Morongo Unified School District Board of Trustees spent nearly two hours at last night’s regular meeting discussing the district’s “reopening of schools plan” for the 2020-2021 school year. Recent orders form Governor Newsom mandated distance learning for all schools within counties on the state’s Coronavirus Monitoring list, reducing MUSD education models down to distance learning and independent study. Reporter Andrew Dieleman says some details of the new distance learning programs are still being developed…
Representatives for teachers and district employees expressed concerns at last night’s school board meeting over whether there was sufficient support and time for training to use the online Canvas program before the first day of school. Board members stated that time for teacher training has been scheduled and that many details are still to be worked out during upcoming negotiations. The school district is prepared to loan electronic devices and web cameras to students, and alternative options are being formulated for students who have disabilities or do not have internet access. Superintendent Tom Baumgarten then went into details on other instruction models, safety protocols, transportation protocols, and sanitation at school sites for when physical attendance at schools is again permitted. The school district may be able to apply for an in-person education waiver from the county health department once the waiver is developed, but must open via distance learning in the meantime.
The board also held a public hearing on interfund transfers, approved an agreement between the school district and the Department of Rehabilitation, approved the purchase of new science textbooks for grades K-6, and accepted a $30,000 “No Kid Hungry” grant to go towards school meal programs.
State Changes Course Again on Hair and Nail Salons and Barbershops: Outdoor Operations Now Allowed
The governor today announced that after some back and forth last week hair salons, nail salons, barbershops and other personal care services are now allowed to operate outdoors under specific guidance issued by the State today.
The new guidance also applies to esthetic, skin care, cosmetology and massage therapy in non-healthcare settings.
Electrology, tattooing and piercing services may not be provided in outdoor settings because they are invasive procedures that require a controlled hygienic environment to be performed safely.
You might recall that last week the State announced it was limiting these services to the outdoors in counties on the State Monitoring List, including San Bernardino County. Later in the week, the State announced outdoor service would not be allowed due to existing California Board of Barbering and Cosmetology regulations. That changed today.
California Board of Barbering and Cosmetology regulations along with those of Cal/OSHA still apply, but hair salons and barbershops may operate outdoors in Monitoring List counties if the following guidance is followed:
Outdoor operations may be conducted under a tent, canopy, or other sun shelter as long as no more than one side is closed, allowing sufficient outdoor air movement.
Salons and barbershops should not perform a service that would require a customer to have to enter the establishment.
Ensure any outdoor shade or outdoor working area has the same ventilation and airflow as the outdoors. Outdoor shaded areas can be configured to block wind but cannot be enclosed or partially enclosed on more than one side in a way that otherwise restricts normal airflow.
Rewiring and the use of electrical extension cords can increase the likelihood of electrical hazards, including fire and electrocution. Ensure that outdoor operations comply with Cal/OSHA and all code requirements.
Ensure there are no tripping hazards from cords or other equipment in outdoor work areas.
Use skin protection when not under shade.
Stop operations, move away from electrical wiring and equipment, and seek indoor shelter if there is lightning within six miles of your location.
Governor Gavin Newsom stressed Monday that the actions of residents across the state will determine how quickly the state reopens during the coronavirus pandemic.
Newsom has continuously advocated for the use of masks and face coverings and the need for physical distancing as the pandemic has worn on, encouraging residents that certain activities like in-person schooling and indoor dining are not feasible if people flout the state’s public health guidelines.
The state continues to see an aggregate rise in positive cases and hospitalizations due to the coronavirus as counties started to reopen at the outset of summer. An average of nearly 9,000 people per day tested positive for the coronavirus over the last week. The state’s positive test rate continues to hover around 7.5 percent despite an average of more than 120,000 tests being completed each day.
The arrival of COVID-19 has endangered the health of our bodies as well as the health of our local economies. Now there’s a new state campaign that offers small business owners concrete support and resources while encouraging consumers to shop local. Reporter Heather Clisby has the details…
Governor Gavin Newsom’s Task Force on Business and Jobs Recovery recently announced a new campaign, Calling All Californians: #ShopSafeShopLocal, that encourages residents to patronize locally owned businesses.
Partnering with Nextdoor, Google, and UPS, the state-wide campaign also helps businesses grow their digital footprint as more consumers shop online to minimize contact risk. The pandemic has accelerated the growth of e-commerce to levels that were not expected for another two to three years.
The campaign’s website offers tools and resources for business owners, such as free consulting in 31 languages, digital media toolkits and personal protective equipment offerings.
According to the Stanford Institute for Economic Policy Research, the nation has experienced a 15 percent drop of active business owners between February and May. That decrease is nearly double for black-owned and operated businesses at 26 percent.
And with the governor ordering all counties to close indoor operations of restaurants, bars, movie theaters and museums, those numbers will likely rise.
Governor Gavin Newsom announced Friday that all K-12 schools in counties on the state’s coronavirus monitoring list, including San Bernardino County, must limit instruction to distance learning for the upcoming school year. Reporter Andrew Dieleman has the details…
San Bernardino County is among more than 30 counties currently on the state’s monitoring list due to increases in cases of COVID-19, representing nearly 80 percent of California’s population. All K-12 schools in counties on the state’s coronavirus monitoring list must begin the 2020-2021 school year through distance learning only. Before any in-person education activities can resume, counties must be removed from the state monitoring list for 14 days. Those in-person education activities will be under specific guidelines and limitations, including mask requirements, symptom checks to enter school, sanitation stations, and mandated social distancing between students and teachers.
Parents waiting and anxious to find out what is going on with our local schools during the current Covid-19 pandemic can join Acting Superintendent Doug Weller and Assistant Superintendent Amy Woods as they answer questions starting at 10:05 a.m. this Friday, July 24 on the Z107.7 “Up Close” show. Weller and Woods will discuss and take questions about the re-opening of school, their plans and safety protocols.