One entire school district in Northern California is shutting all their schools due to high positivity rate for Covid-19 in students and staff. The Lake Tahoe Unified School District has temporarily closed every school after one in four students and staff tested positive. The eight schools will be closed for the remainder of the week and will return the Tuesday after the Martin Luther King Jr. holiday.
District superintendent, Todd Cutler, told KCRA 3 on Thursday, "As we returned from our winter break we experienced a high number of absenteeism from both students and staff due to COVID, and over the last week and a half we've seen that number continue to increase. As we moved through the last week and half we increasingly had more and more staff out putting a heavy strain on our ability to keep our schools open safely, and also to provide a quality of learning." Students will be given take home tests in order to ensure a safe return to campus next week. The Lake Tahoe Unified School District is located in El Dorado County, where the county is reporting a rate of 100.5 COVID-19 cases per 100,000 people and a 24.4% test positivity rate.
Also on Thursday, an elementary school in Yuba City announced it would also close temporarily in order to slow the spread of the virus among students and staff, according to the Yuba City Unified School District. Butte Vista Elementary will be closed from Jan. 14th until Jan. 18th. Families will also be provided testing options before returning to campus on Jan. 19th.