Under the deal, $2 billion in incentives would require opening up all elementary grades and partially middle and high schools in the “red tier.”
Many families have had drastically different experiences during the pandemic, creating a mix of fear and frustration over prolonged closures.
A complex set of factors dictate how and when districts decide to reopen schools, leading to widely varying schedules.
All but three counties now meet the threshold of having fewer than 25 new daily cases of Covid per 100,000 residents.
Lawmakers would offer $2 billion to bring back elementary school students after April 15; Newsom favors a speedier timetable.
School staff will get both vaccines before facing children, and staff and students will be required to take asymptomatic tests weekly.
State and federal guidelines are similar in many respects, but California is stricter on when Covid rates permit schools to reopen.
All but four of California's counties are in the purple tier as of Jan. 26, 2021.
Students who won’t wear masks or socially distance create for a “nerve-wracking” work environment.
Hours after Gov. Newsom said schools could reopen before teachers are vaccinated, five school unions rebut that and other points.
Many parents are calling for a safe and swift return to live in-person instruction as soon as possible.
Declining rates of Covid add urgency to reach a deal with legislators to reopen schools for young children and struggling students, he says.
While many students have likely suffered learning loss during the global health crisis, it may have a greater impact on incoming first-graders.
The Feb.1 deadline for the plan soon will pass; talks continue over complaints the plan’s requirements and timeline were unworkable.
State officials should push harder for safety measures that could allow schools to reopen, a newly formed parent group says.