Coronavirus: California faculties anticipated to stay closed for remainder of educational yr

California’s public Okay-12 campuses are anticipated to stay closed for the rest of the educational yr in response to the escalating coronavirus pandemic as educators tackle the huge problem of distance studying for about 6.1 million college students, state officers introduced Wednesday.

Households and educators ought to function “with the expectation now that faculties is not going to reopen, however lessons are in” for the remainder of the college yr, Gov. Gavin Newsom mentioned.

“To the entire mothers, all of the academics, all of the caregivers, i understand how worrying that is, belief me,” Newsom mentioned. “I do know and I do know what we’re asking of you over the course of the subsequent few months.”

The announcement makes good on feedback he made throughout a March 17 briefing, when he mentioned it was unlikely that campuses would reopen in the course of the present college yr. Additionally, State Supt. of Public Instruction Tony Thurmond echoed the identical message in a letter Tuesday to highschool district officers statewide.

“Because of the present security considerations and wishes for ongoing social distancing it at the moment seems that our college students won’t be able to return to highschool campuses earlier than the top of the college yr,” Thurmond wrote Tuesday.

California is residence to 12% of the nation’s school-age youngsters. Seven states have already shut down campuses for the rest of the college yr, in response to monitoring by Education Week. Others seem headed in that course. New York Metropolis’s public college system, that largest within the nation with about 1 million college students, stays closed indefinitely together with the remainder of the state, in response to Training Week.

In his letter, Thurmond mentioned the sobering actuality ought to compel college programs to redouble their efforts to maintain college students studying.

“That is under no circumstances to counsel that faculty is over for the yr, however slightly we must always put all efforts into strengthening our supply of schooling by distance studying,” Thurmond wrote.

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