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California has a shortage of teachers and other school staff, but school officials cite the lack of bus drivers as one of their biggest problems.
Most school districts plan to follow the state’s recommendation and “strongly recommend” masks after March 12, although they will not require them.
California is recommending masking in schools instead of requiring it after March 11, according to updated health guidance released by the state.
California districts, especially those in conservative areas of the state, are under pressure to allow students to attend school unmasked.
Districts that defy California vaccine mandates, set to begin in July, could face fines, lose liability insurance coverage and some state funding.
If much larger numbers of young California children are not vaccinated by next term, keeping so many of them out of school and in remote learning will be an educational and political impossibility.
Children, who are creatures of habit, can be negatively influenced by any educational disruption, such as remote learning, experts say.
Due to the omicron variant's higher transmissibility, medical experts are recommending avoiding cloth masks and surgical masks in favor of higher-quality KN95 or KF94 masks.
As factors inside and outside the school walls have become more chaotic, it is now more challenging than ever for leaders to create and maintain a supportive environment.
More than 1 in 5 California students said they'd missed more than three days of school due to poor mental health. The survey focused on the pandemic's effects.
Demands for reckonings over school Covid closures scapegoat teachers, but spare the more glaring culprits.
California schools must be allowed to follow state-mandated quarantine requirements without losing funding.
Advocates are calling for early releases from California's youth detention facilities amid their largest Covid-19 outbreak, citing early releases from adult prisons over the past two years.
Though experts say higher-quality masks are crucial to preventing the spread of the Omicron variant, few districts are providing those masks to students leaving parents looking for them.
Some are most worried about schools shuttering again, fearful of remote learning, which caused emotional damage and learning loss for many.