California Governor Gavin Newsome said he expected all schools in the state to be prepared to learn in person by the next school year. More than 9,000 of the state’s 11,000 schools have already returned to class or announced dates to do so, he said on Wednesday.
“It’s a challenging transition, but we’re finally at that point,” he said. “We can do this. We must do this. We must do this continuously, and we should prepare for full-person instruction from now on next school year.”
Newsom does not have the authority to force schools to reopen, as each individual school in California has its own rules. The governor encouraged school leaders to reconnect the calendar, such as by extending the length of the school day and year.
“We are in a peasant community, which I know well, but, we no longer need to be tied to the agricultural calendar,” he said. “Who says you have to end on June 1 or June 15? Who says that? We’re not saying that. We’re saying the opposite.”
Newsom acknowledged that teachers are working in “challenging” and “incredibly difficult” situations during the epidemic.
He said California lawmakers approved $ 6.6 billion to help reopen schools earlier this year, and federal money will also be available.
The Democratic governor, who is facing a recall effort and has been criticized for speeding up the state’s reopening,The business may reopen on June 15, wearing safety precautions, wearing masks.