Possibility of school reopenings remains far from certain

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A kindergarten student attends class virtually with her teacher during distance learning due to the coronavirus pandemic. Valley News/Shane Gibson photo
State health officials may have lifted all regional stay-at-home orders recently, but that change doesn’t mean schools will be able to reopen in the near future. The lifting of the stay-at-home orders has sent California back to the color-coded reopening formula that categorizes each county in one of four tiers. And Riverside County, as is true with most counties, remains in the highest “purple” tier – meaning schools still must remain shut down. While the county’s COVID-19 test positivity rate is now at 20%, down from 23.5% last week, the threshold for counties to revert down into the red tier, at which point schools would be allowed to reopen, is 8%. That being the case, it’s unclear when schools will be able to reopen. Besides waiting for the county to go back in
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