Impacts of Newsom’s plan for resuming in-person learning not immediately clear for local schools

California Gov. Gavin Newsom released a plan Thursday, Dec. 31, for schools to resume in-person teaching in the spring, though it wasn’t immediately clear what the plan would mean for local schools. Newsom’s plan called for schools to start reopening for 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 in
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