Newsom Order Mandates Online Learning in Southern California -- For Now
Gov. Gavin Newsom today issued new rules that could force K-12 school campuses across much of California — including all of the greater Los Angeles region — to remain closed until their counties see declining rates of coronavirus cases.
Schools must offer “distance learning only” until COVID-19 metrics improve and the county’s been off the watchlist for at least 14 days, the state rules say.
Most of the state’s counties — including Los Angeles, Orange and Ventura counties plus the Inland Empire — are currently on that monitoring list. Basically, unless conditions improve in Southern California in the next two to three weeks, any plan to start a new school year with in-person instruction might have to be set aside.
We all prefer in-classroom instruction for all the obvious reasons … but only if it can be done safely. As a parent, I believe that, and as someone who has the responsibility to support the education of 6-plus million kids in California, and have the backs of [school] staff.
And as EdSource points out, some districts in counties not on the state’s monitoring list — like San Francisco Unified — have opted for “online-only” starts as well.
But the governor’s move also comes as some local officials push to reopen schools with fewer restrictions. Orange County's Board of Ed recently approved a (non-binding) set of school-reopening guidance that casts doubt on the value of masks and social distancing.
- In new guidance, Gov. Newsom expected to impose strict regulations for school opening and closing — EdSource, first with this story today
- Read the state's guidance and directive on reopening
- As Coronavirus Surges, LAUSD Will Not Reopen Campuses For Start Of Next School Year
- OC Board Of Education Says Districts Should Reopen Without Mask Requirement Or Social Distancing