Most California schools likely out until the fall, governor says

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — Most California schools will likely remain closed for the rest of the school year because of the new coronavirus, Gov. Gavin Newsom said Tuesday.

Nearly all the state’s schools have already shut down as the most populous state tries to stop the spread of the virus, and the rest will soon, he said.

“I would plan and assume it is unlikely that many of these schools, few if any, will open before the summer break,” he said in a news conference streamed online.

“I don’t want to mislead you, to six-plus million kids in our system and their families, they need to make some plans at a time when a lot of plans are already being curtailed,” said Newsom, a father of four children. “But planning with kids is some of the most challenging planning.”

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5 Responses to Most California schools likely out until the fall, governor says

  1. William Hicks March 19, 2020 at 6:02 am

    SO, where do those out of school children go when school is dismissed for a large portion of a year? Does anyone really believe they will not group up and have gatherings of large groups?

    Then, what happens when they do return to their homes? Will they have infected each other and become the source of infection to at risk family members? SO what’s gained by closing down school?

  2. William Hicks March 18, 2020 at 12:54 pm

    Will all State Education Department Employees be put on furlough during the down time? Or will they be paid for a service they aren’t providing?

  3. William Hicks March 18, 2020 at 12:52 pm

    The one positive part of them being out of school through the fall is that it proves that they don’t need so many schools or teachers.
    That might reduce the need for school administrators, too.

    Considering that our drop out rates are so high and kids can’t achieve math and language skills at their grade levels, that might mean that they may learn more at home than at school.

    What will the teacher union ever do about this?


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