40+ Santa Clara Principals Exposed To COVID After Meeting

More than 40 school principals in Santa Clara County are now self-isolating after they were exposed to COVID-19 at an in-person school district meeting.

On June 19th, Santa Clara Unified held a school reopening planning meeting for about 45 people. Then last week, Superintendent Stella Kemp announced to the school board, “unfortunately one of our members of our leadership team tested positive for COVID in the days following Friday’s meeting.”

The district has taken precautionary measures since then.

“(We) cleaned and sanitized the meeting location and all attendees were quarantined according to directions from the county health department and  being tested for the virus,” said Kemp.

So far none of the more than 40 principals who were exposed has tested positive. But some are questioning the Superintendent's decision to hold an indoor, in-person meeting with dozens of people in attendance. 

“I know there may be some that question every decision we make,” she said. “But the reality is there is no roadmap for this pandemic. Our county health officials who we rely on for information and guidance are also facing this reality.”

Kemp says given the complexities of the reopening process, some meetings need to be done in person and all staff meetings are conducted under strict social distancing guidelines.