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vaccinated counties are in the bay area. kristen: san francisco has one of the heights vaccination rates in the nation, almost 80%. today officials say the new rules will help out the bread of delta. seeing the reaction from people around town. he joins us live in north beach. wayne: lots of reaction. we are talking about fitness centers, bars, indoor theaters. all of them will require proof of vaccination and especially restaurants with indoor dining. where else to go to get a sense of how people feel about that then here in the north beach? imagine arriving in san francisco today going to north beach for lunch and not being allowed to dine inside. >> i've never even heard of it until now. wayne: sing this from denver would be a statistical outlier on the first day of vaccine certifying and sandra nava at tony's pizza. >> i will have to take the
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vaccine card. wayne: she is one of countless restaurant readers without responsibilities. sandra: it makes my job more difficult but it is for the betterment of our health. wayne: they spent today looking at vaccination cards or qr codes available online from the state. those are the door openers in san francisco now. most people have been compliant. >> is safety for everybody. it is considerate for others. wayne: pete disagreed. he is not vaccinated and has no regrets. he feels violated. pete: it doesn't sit right with me. big yellow star on my shoulder. you know what i mean? it is not ok. wayne: it is a roll now, even in fitness clubs. before daylight, no proof, no entry, no excuses. >> is another layer of safety. >> good to go. wayne: another layer of on safety and some uncertain times. >> you want to move to florida,
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texas, louisiana? people are dropping dead. all the hospitals are filled. wayne: to be clear, this applies to any business that serves food or drink indoors or where people are active indoors like fitness clubs. from this point on until otherwise noticed, your vaccine card is your passport. live in north which, wayne freeman. larry: thank you so much. kristen: if your questions about vaccines, ask the 87 news vaccine team. summit your questions at abc seven -- abc7new larry: oakland entrepreneurs are getting ablaze for their businesses. for local businesses -- business owners were named the first recipients of a $32,000 grant made possible the california capital and the community act, recently passed by the legislature. >> i have one employee -- the
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only -- as of today when i checked before i got here, i have 4000 subcontractor mobile notary all of the u.s. i will be global on september 1 and a hundred 20 countries. larry: each of the four business owners got their start with help from eso ventures. that is an initiative that equips entrepreneurs with the tools needed to build or expand a business. california capital and the community act is providing eso with $8 billion to help expand its efforts. kristen: over three weeks ago, until the recall election. prominent democrats are campaigning for governor newsom. , carrots -- kamala harris will come next week.
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with his perspective on this. i found republicans are more energized by the reelection. isn't that right? phil: that has made it difficult for gavin newsom to get the ball rolling. what we have now is although democrats outnumber republicans, gavin newsom, covid, fires, the brownouts, and the problems with unemployment, they have all snowballed and people are not only not necessarily in favor of keeping him but they are also just not paying a lot of attention right now to the race. that is why we are seeing democrats like jackie spear hit the road. it is the save gavin tour. some people want him out but the democratic plan is to cast this as a republican takeover that could be as easily handed to him , something he would never win in a straight election. the democrats are suffering from an enthusiasm gap. i will give you numbers we got today. the register of voters in san
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francisco reports only one week in since they sent the ballots out. they have already received 79,000 back. in that county, they have received 80,000, 10% of the vote returned already. the votes are coming in very fast. that shows high enthusiasm i someone. normally you would say san francisco, 70,000 notes, that is 70,000 for gavin newsom. that is 60,000 trump voters in san francisco so that is why the democrats are nervous. who is voting right now and can they get their vote out in the next couple of weeks? larry: trying to get democrats excited, kristen: vice president harris we mentioned would come here, the highest profile person to campaign for him. phil: she is and she is coming back to her home state of california, her first political foray in california. she will be joined in person or on video by senator bernie sanders. we will also see elizabeth
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warren. we are already seeing. , harris, she scores big -- k amala harris scores big with non-republicans, younger voters, and women, the group needed to be energized. they will bring in people that will try to bring out the vote. it is not that they have to convince people one way or another people -- another. people have made up their minds. it is getting them to vote that is the challenge. we'll see it next week as it moves into second gear. kristen: all right. thank you so much. appreciate that. on our website, if you want to learn more, we have the information you need to know about how to vote in the recall election. whether you do it via mail or in person on september 14, the ballot questions may be different than what you are used to and we explain it all so had to abc seven larry: in a speech today, the president insisted all americans who need to evacuate from taliban-controlled afghanistan will be saved but families are
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still desperate to get their loved ones out. dustin dorsey spoke with a woman about how dire the situation is for people there right now and her hopes dustin: dustin: for her family. dustin: as the taliban continued their takeover of afghanistan, evacuation flights are leaving the kabul airport to get american citizens and afghan allies as quickly as they can. the speed of the evacuations are seen as a literal life or death situation. >> is dangerous for the people. they're going home to home to find someone they are working with the u.s. or any other country. we spoke withithithith fremont and she does not want to be identified because she fears repercussions as she tried to get them out of couple. dustin: they kill my family members. >> he worked for my government people. they find the identity card and they shoot them by gun. >> is tugging at our heart. dustin: eric swalwell and his
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team hosted a town hall to learn more about how to assist with the evacuations. he suggested evacuating first and verifying the right bdg -- refugees second is the best way. >> let's get them out of harm's way to qatar and the other countries kind enough to host these refugees. verify their status. do not leave people on the ground because they could check every box. dustin: facing backlash on the handling of the situation in afghanistan, the president assured all citizens, afghan eyelets, and people associated with the u.s. will be evacuated, even if that keeps troops longer than expected. pres. biden: any american who wants to come home, we will get you home. dustin: as for this bay area woman's thoughts, >> you think we are doing enough? >> if we wait for this, we will destroy everything. larry: the city of fremont has
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established an afghan refugee help fund. you can donate online at through the city's website or make a check out to the city of fremont with ar help noted in the memo line. fremont's union services department will work with afghan partner organizations to make sure the money goes directly to refugees arriving in fremont. kristen: firefighters are making progress in the battle against the cash fire and lake county. it is 40% contained after burning 75 acres. the fire has been destructive. 56 homes and 158 vehicles destroyed. hundreds of people remain evacuating. larry: fires burning across northern california have been impacting our air quality this week. you can see all the haze behind spencer and the smog from your rooftop. spencer: improving around san francisco but you can see it is not getting better. we have been flow -- wind flow
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onshore indices free -- breeze. as we advance the graphic, you can see we have got yellow dots and green dots around. most of the central part of the bay area and moderate to humid air quality. if you hit the bar, you can see lots of oranges and reds, indicating poor air quality. the next traffic shows you this is a view at the golden gate hit it again and this is our air quality forecast. today is a spare the air day. tomorrow, air quality advisory but there will be better air quality tomorrow. sunday and monday, good air quality. a quick look at -- i can't show it to you now because there is no time but the improvement in air quality will continue as the surface winds continued to push the smoke eastward out of the bay area. kristen: thank you. coming up on abc seven news at 4:00, our senior education recorder is here -- reporter is here to host a town hall. larry: is about back to school.
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>> we will be successful. >> at home. >> at home. >> what led her make that sound? >> is not back to normal. it is not -- it is as good as we can get. >> she never met her second grade teacher because of this. >> i'm in 10th grade today. >> it doesn't feel like i am a sophomore. i don't know people here. >> i am a little excited. >> even though you can't see smiles, you can hear them and feel them. >> spent a lot of time washing hands and eating slowly and spreading out. >> we have a lot of teachers who are still a little anxious. i cannot assure anyone that they will knock at the virus. >> these kids have two homes were most of the adults in their lives are not vaccinated. it puts a lot of us at risk. >> i don't want to go back for myself but i don't want to have any part of bringing children
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back to these campuses. >> it might be a little risky with adult ovarian out there but i am also excited to see my friends. >> i will be seeing my teacher actually. instead of over the camera. >> it is important for elementary schoolers to socialize. having those experiences changed has led to loneliness and anxiety. >> we can never shutdown our schools again. our babies need to learn. ♪ leanne: good afternoon. i am leanne melendez. we are live on abc seven. hulu live and wherever you stream. today instead of the rest of our usual newscast, we will spend time with experts and of course talking all things back-to-school. education is a key pillar of building a better bay area. something we are especially focused on has kids had back to in person classes. any for the first time in 7 -- many for the first time in 17
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months. we are joined by a pediatrician at stanford, dr. patel. thank you for being with me. guest: important town paul. thank you for hosting it. leanne: there is a lot to discuss with our live panel. we are joined by christine garcia, a psychologist and regional director at the edgewood center for children and families. the chief facilities officer for san francisco unified school district and olivia univac, a teacher in the oakland unified school district. before we get to you, we will also be sharing messages from some local bay area students. we reached out to families on social media to share their thoughts about back to school and this is the whole family. >> my name is kiersten and i in sixth grade. i love being out my new middle school. my favorite part of being back at school is that it is a whole day and i am able to see my friends a lot more than i was
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last year. >> my name is reagan. i am so excited to go to kindergarten and i really wanted to meet new friends. brendon: i am super excited about being back in school. i really and excited to have a full day and not excited we have to wear masks. lyanne: ok. let's get to it. we want to begin the conversation with our panel and i will start with don. don, i know you have one of the most challenging jobs in the san francisco unified school district. in a few seconds, if you will, how did you transform classrooms and schools? what did you do? dawn: i think it started with took an initial approach to go slow or fast. do spend time to work with our partners and department of public health, which i'm grateful for that partnership. to really map out classroom by
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classroom and school site by school site basis the work to be done. once we were able to transform what we understood based on medical science, into very specific but clear and simple directives about how to set up a classroom. then we broke it down into pieces and to identify the many interdisciplinary -- we have an interdisciplinary team at the uc facilities division and broken into tasks for the teams to handle. and tried her best to turn it into a checklist that could be deployed evenly and consistently across 3000 classrooms and i am very happy and proud of the work of the team that we were able to do that successfully and open schools for in person learning on august 16. lyanne: we have to have the approval of the health department as well. dawn: that is correct. lyanne: olivia, i want to go
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back to you. you're from oakland and let's remind everyone that you are a kindergarten teacher. all of your students vaccinated. none of them are in so you have been in the classroom for two weeks. tell us a little bit about that. what challenges have you seen, dealt with, and how are you dealing with things -- issues that might appear in the classroom? what has worked and what hasn't? dr. garcia: start with, it has been an absolute delight to be back in the classroom. we -- the joy of the j did the due -- is why do the work i do to be around young children in their happy to be in school and we are having a lot of fun. it is an annoyance but they are doing a great job keeping them on and engaging with
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classroom activities that unfortunately were not accessible the last year for very good reason but, you know w my concern is that we will continue to offer the in person option. we have already had three cases of students testing positive at my site so that is the teachers, parents, and students, to be in that situation. i would like to see more immediately made available so that we can catch cases before there is any spread within our classrooms and our schools can stay open. lyanne: i want to ask dr. patel. i hear districts talking about this constantly. they say in the majority of cases, kids are getting covid outside the school.
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in the community. as a parent, how is that supposed to be -- supposed to make you feel more confident about sending my kids school? dr. patel: first, i have to say for people watching the testimonials the kids make, kids seem more optimistic and logical than adults. i'm so happy to hear kids and their enthusiasm about getting back to in person learning. talking about community spreading, contact tracing is extremely important as we of -- we reopen schools because when we see that outbreaks it is important we find out where they came from. it helps with prevention and isolation. for parents sending their kids back-to-school, especially all of those of children under the age of 12 who cannot get vaccinated, it is important everyone around you is vaccinated and you're also doing what you can to keep your child protected right now. the delta variant is way more contagious and it is never too early to teach kids important things, not only safely and appropriately wearing a mask but
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also basic hand hygiene, things we've been talking about for more than a year and a half that are important always when it comes to fighting off respiratory infections. these habits, if parents model and help empower children, we have seen time and again children do very well when they're kind of -- they know it keeps themselves and everyone around them safe. i think everyone on the panel will agree with that. empower kids and they do amazing things. lyanne: i want to ask. when i hear that someone i know has tested positive for covid, i feel anxious. i cannot imagine how kids who are entering the classroom must feel. there must be some anxiety. as parent, what do i tell my child? why tell them to be safe, be careful, wash your hands? what message do you want to tell parents? dr. garcia: i think all of those things are really important and we have to remember that covid has been around for a while.
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kids have been living with covid for a while just like all of us have. i think what dr. patel mentioned about making a part of the family, part of routine, we talk about safety, putting on a mask -- if you are able to get vaccinated and able to maintain different protocols, i would suggest doing everything you can and modeling for your kids what is important about mask wearing. it is like dressing your teeth -- brushing your teeth. kids will take to that well and if they hear it that some of their friends are sick, i think as they follow the science, talk to them and let them know that, you know, a lot of the signs out there is saying there is also, you know, mild cases of covid and they have to make sure it is our responsibility altogether to keep our community safe and friends safe and that is why we are doing all these different steps and schools are doing all these different steps with
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staggered schedules. some of them, different ways to mitigate the spread of covid. i think reassuring the kids and letting them know there are things you can do to keep safe and keep your friends safe. lyanne: sometimes i think they do better than we do. dr. garcia: wonderfully. lyanne: olivia, let me ask you, how are you approaching your students? what are you telling them? they are so little. ms. udovic: christine just shared. it is a great opportunity to model and discuss empathy and discuss caring for others and just what we do to take care -- what we all have to do to take care of each other and that has been said. that is a really easy lesson testing for our children to understand. you know, it is a great moment for teachers. also i think it is taught me --
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reminded me as a long-term educator, the importance of slowing down and taking the time to wash hands and have everyone wash their hands before going to lunch, taking the time to do all the social in emotional learning that kids always need but this year, the last year has really, for most of my colleagues, has given a reminder for us to slow down and take the time for that. the benefits of that are countless. i think that is what we have been doing at our school is trying to take it slow. trying to make sure our kids ous feel loved and seen and experiencing joy in the classrooms. and feeling safe. most important. lyanne: you haven't had any cases in your classroom.
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ms. udovic: i have not had any in my classroom but there has been three at my school site but not in my classroom. i haven't had to deal with that challenge but we do have many families also in our school who have experienced loss over the last year. either in financial hardship death in families or illness. and extended families. that is something we also have to be aware of. for a neuter students coming in, there are things we might not know they have experience. our families that have been part of our school community over the last year and before and during the pandemic, we have worked together to make sure that we are supporting them as much as possible -- which is very helpful because now is the kids reenter, we know which kid might need more social and emotional support because they have dealt
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with additional's hardships that would not have happened. lyanne: we're so glad you're there. thank you for that. we have more ahead on abc seven and if you're joining us on facebook live, stay with us because we will continue this conversation there during the break. if you -- we want you to join the conversation. you are part of this town hall as well. go to facebook or youtube to wait and and interact in today's virtual town hall and now, a message from emma alvarado, in the second grade. emma: i'm excited for school so we can have some fresh air. quarantine is driving me crazy because we can to barely do anything in the house.
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things they say. >> the best thing about being back in school is seeing my friends, see my teacher, and i just love being back. >> all day in person, the best thing about being back in school, is see my friends and teacher. no chrome book and being on campus all day. i love being back in school. >> i like being back because i can socialize and see my friends after over a year of not seeing anybody at school. lyanne: that was hudson and emerson white and alexa elzie
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sharing their thoughts on back to let's get back to our panelists. i want to approach the subject that sony parents have asked me about ventilation. i read one of yo theur tweets you said the dress tricked counted more than 70,000 -- district counted more than 70,000 windows open. you have filtration systems, the windows and portable air cleaners. you don't have all three. the question that a lot of parents are asking -- you know, we have these fires up north. what would we do when a heavy snow --heavy smoke reaches us? what will we do when we have to close those windows and we do not have those portable air filtration systems? >> is a great and fair quest i think we were so effective this past spring at really messaging to families around what the basics of a layered
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covid progenitor -- prevention strategy r. the core of that is vaccination and wearing masks indoors. that is something we did not have in the spring. also, layering on top, ventilation measures, handwashing, hygiene, and i t hink basic common sense, let's not forget that. as folks have internalized that messaging so deeply, it is natural for them to be concerned that as we have wildfire smoke and it should be as intense as we experienced last year in two years before that, what should we do now? we have spoken again in a lot of detail and frequency with our partners at the department of public health and because we have vaccines and masking indoors, it allows us -- we can continue to have school even if we have to close windows. i think that's important to
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understand. our most important core steategies are vaccination and masking indoors and the other strategies all come into support and enhance the effectiveness of those core measures. we have purchased portable air cleaners as part of our prevention strategy for certain locations within the district. we fully intend to continue to purchase portable air cleaners. we are lucky right now that as we look at our various air quality forecasts, we will have a good weekend hopefully but i understand the circumstances can change quickly and i encourage folks to stay abreast with the school district and with their principles about what makes sense for their sites. lyanne: let me ask because it is a pressing question. i think you have about 775 of these units -- clearly not
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enough. you have 117 schools in san francisco. when will we meet that need? when are you getting more and is it an electrical issue? dr. garcia: we were concerned that there are certain buildings which are very old. we are an old school district and have older buildings. we have over the past summer at spent a lot more time in our individual buildings and understanding what the different challenges are associated with them. i do feel confident that there is a strategy for how we can move forward. part of what we have been doing with the 775 portable air cleaners is testing outside conditions and seeing, duties make a lot of noise -- do these make nosie? are they effective and reliable? we have identified tools that will work for us in our buildings the -- so the question is how to go with scale.
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parents can expect more news and from the district over the next few weeks as we iron out funding and timing and deployment. we doh have a a a a forward and just as we took incremental steps to get there for spring, we will be moving in batches of schools as we move forward the deal with this issue as well. lyanne: if you had the choice, dr. patel, smoky air -- this is important for parents to understand -- smoky air or risk adding covid because your inside room with the windows closed? dr. patel: oh my gosh. [laughter] that is a very -- rock -- rock k our place. that because back to what the actual situation is like and why we can make guidelines. if you are saying we have smoky air, what does air quality index look like? that might not be acceptable
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for a child with pulmonary issues, a kid with asthma. they may not be able to tolerate it. it is a huge point of consideration but at the same time, if you are in a district with a lower vaccination rate and high community spread, a classroom might be a risk. it comes down to parents looking at their level of comfort in the two points i want to add is ventilation cannot be emphasized enough in terms of how important it is in keeping our kids and us safe. we spend a lot of time talking about masks rightfully but things like plastic dividers in handwashing and personal hygiene but ventilation is so important. people have asked me are there ways we can ensure schools are providing an outdoor option for kids were eating, when they might be closer together or taking their masks off? one question i want to depose -- if fire season, knock on wood -- if it is bad and air quality index is high and some lower income school district without
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funding are like, what do we do? is it possible to crowd source from the community or parents to get a portable air filter in those classrooms so we can keep our kids safe and in person? lyanne: let's answer that and a second. we have more still ahead on abc7. if you're joining us on facebook live, stay with us because we will continue the conversation there during the break and we want you to join in the conversation. you are part of this abc7 town hall as well. go to facebook or youtube to weigh in and interact with today's virtual town hall. let's hear from destiny and isabella sharing the thoughts about back to school. >> are you happy to go back to school? destiny: yeah! it's because i like to make new friends and talk to them and play with them at the park. i like that. yeah! isabella: i really like doing dialect -- ballet and going to
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like my teacher. >> see new friends and old friends and i like homeschooling because it is easier and i don't have to worry about getting covid and don't have to wear face mask and you don't need to wear uniform because they're not gonna see you. dr. patel: these kids are awesome. lyanne: they're so candid. that is melanie in no way sharing her thoughts on back-to-school. get back to our panelists. we were asking on it during the break about taking lunch outside because of covid. it is safer that way. what happens when you have a really smoky day? bardi you put them? do you put them in the jim orwell will the district
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consider -- gym or will the district consider sending kids home? dawn: one thing i want to highlight is that over the past two bad years of wildfires, we have only closed school for a day. that we --that was when we were in marina. the first year of the really bad fires. before we shut down schools, we have protocols in place to gradually escalate the types of interventions needed associated with aqi. first we start with bringing kids inside, having fewer outdoor activities, because the most important thing is because we have learned over the past year, we spend a lot of time and energy and a lot of families trying to get the kids back into school for in person learning. we take that decision very
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seriously. really try to take all options we can to keep school person learning. the thing is, too, also that our schools have cafeterias and the volume a in a cafeteria is not that dissimilar from a gymnasium and some elementary schools do not have jenae cm's. we have encouraged people to be outdoors as much as possible and makes sense for the school site but all of our cafeterias, we have large-scale portable air cleaners. we have taken that step within cafeterias, recognizing the fact that kids have masks off and are talking and might be closer to each other. and encourage folks if there are windows or doors, when air quality is good, to open those. i think we have plenty of options for ways to keep kids in school as much as possible and
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in terms of wildfire smoke eq why, the important -- aqi, the important thing is going indoors. that provides a fair amount of protection and again, working with the health department, we can operate in school transmission very low. that is because we are able to maintain a controlled environment. we are going to do our best to again respond to the conditions in partnership with the department of public health and i do think that the choice is not as binary as either being able to go outside for lunch or not being able to have school. there is a whole range of interventions and options before we get to that point and as we move over the next few days and the next few weeks, we have gradually been increasing -- and layering on strategy after
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strategy with different investments and interventions. we will continue to do that. lyanne: let me ask olivia. a day in the life of a teacher. you know, let us say a child suddenly, 11:00 in the morning, has a runny nose or starts sneezing. you do not know -- you are not an expert and do not know if it is allergies or smoke related or covid. what is the protocol at your school at the district? dr. garcia: for oakland unified, the protocol is the child is immediately -- ms. udovic: having somebody removed from the classroom, taken to our wellness space and they will be giving -- given the rapid test and they are sent home and cannot return until they have a pcr negative test result. just a return to what is spoken about earlier, i feel blessed and grateful to my union here in
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oakland because we have the filters in all our classrooms, which was a huge -- one of the reasons -- key things teachers were not going to come back into the classrooms until that happened. unfortunately these missions are expensive. there is two and all the classrooms at my school. they cost over $400 each. this is not something that at most schools parents can fund raise for, certainly not at the school i work at or my children attend good -- attend. with all the money school have received, oakland unified has gotten 300 million dollars and covid funds and will get more and i'm sure other barrier districts will get more amounts. lyanne: but he asked dr. patel because i want to ask him, regarding, you know, just putting the teachers in an awkward position, in terms of
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knowing what the child has. what advice do you have? is there a way to tell? dr. patel: it is difficult. teachers are rock stars in what they have been through and their patients and resilience throughout the pandemic and i agree the most important thing to do it say the child is symptom addict so let's sort it out but one of the best -- quick things to differentiate between wildfire smoke exposure versus covid-19 is the acute onset. how quickly a child develops symptoms. if children are saying my eyes burn when we open a window or my chest feels tight, it is hard breathing, there is a correlation. you have tiny particles, smaller than a strand of human hair, becky get inside your mate -- nasal passages and into your lungs and cause irritation. that will be different than a longer symptom course. things like fever, bodyaches, runny nose, especially a loss of
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taste or smell is more likely covid-19. i should say more likely. you will not lose taste or smell from wildfire smoke exposure. the last point to make quickly in addressing what we set about the lairs of mitigation, i don't think it's fair to say if the smoke is bad outside and we have to shut windows, should we's shots was down? we can't make that role either. there are schools i don't have ventilation. not every classroom may have a window but we know there is a way to keep the kids safe and in the classroom. lyanne: we have some final thoughts on back-to-school coming up on abc7's at 4:00. if you are joining us on facebook, stay with us because we will be continuing this conversation there during the break. first, students ella and of the not sure what the think about getting back to the classroom. ella: by thought about going back to school is i kind of get scared sometimes because there are a lot of covid cases rising ever since back-to-school happened.
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if i can now, just as quickly of some of you, to talk about what you want to convey. the message to either teachers, staff -- stephen tour. what do you want to tell parents and teachers? any of you? >> i just really like to see parents advocating for what their school sites need in oakland. we need weekly testing. we needed two weeks ago. there's petitions and a school board meeting next wednesday for that. come support our school board director hutchinson's resolution to get weekly testing mandated in oakland for all students. that weight we can keep schools open and keep kids safe and we do not have to go back and forth between being quarantined and not quarantining. we can catch cases before they spread between children. for parents to advocate for the safety measures of our students. lyanne: great conversation.
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thank you to all of you and of course dr. patel. such a great conversation. thank you for joining us for the special edition at abc news at 4:00. if you met some of today's conversation, you can watch us again on our connected tv apps on roku, apple tv, fire tv, and andrew -- android tv. that is a lot of stuff. we have a series of stories our reporters have done throughout the week on back-to-school topics. search abc7 news bay area to download the app. again, thank you for joining us and now abc7 news at 5:00 is coming up next. ♪
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