November 18, 2020

Superintendents ask Governor to impose a ‘common standard’ for reopening schools and set strict standards on all aspects of reopening

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Seven urban California school districts, including the state’s four largest, have called on Gov. Gavin Newsom to adopt and pay for more stringent, uniform health and safety requirements they say should be in place before bringing students back to school during the pandemic.

None of the districts plans to bring students back to regular classes before January. Of the seven, Los Angeles and Long Beach are in Los Angeles County, which is coded “purple,” the most restricted category on the state’s monitoring list. Their call for a “Common Standard” of stricter requirements potentially would make it more difficult to bring students back. The letter comes as other districts have reopened or have announced dates to resume in-person instruction without implementing some of the lengthy prerequisite conditions the urban districts are seeking the state to impose.

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