California governor offers plan to reopen in-person schools

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SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — California Gov. Gavin Newsom released a plan Wednesday for schools to resume in-person teaching next spring, starting with the youngest students and those who have struggled most with distance learning while assisting with $2 billion in state aid for coronavirus testing, personal protective equipment and increased classroom ventilation. “Safety is key. Just reopening a school for in-person instruction on its own is not going to address the issue of safety,” Newsom said, promising sanctions for schools that don’t follow safety rules. Yet “in-person instruction ... is our default,” he said, citing pitfalls from remote learning including increased anxiety, depression and undetected child abuse. The president of California's largest teachers union
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