Time is running out for school districts in Kern County and around the state to decide what type of learning environment students will experience this fall.
The California School Boards Association says many schools lack the resources and support needed to reopen school campuses in what they call a 'safe and effective manner.'
Troy Flint, the chief information officer for the association, told 23ABC that despite calls by President Donald Trump to return to the classroom, tt would put teachers, students, and their families at greater risk from the virus. He says health and not the economy should be the first priority with a possible few exceptions.
"They're probably some schools, particularly in remote areas, where they have plenty of space, where the virus isn't as prevalent, where they might be able to open if that's what their communities want and that's what their local health officers suggest. But for the bulk of schools across California, it's going to be very difficult and we don't think they have the funding, the support or the capacity to implement these recommended safety measures."
Flint says distance learning is not a great substitute for in-class instruction and supplemental instruction could be needed once kids return to the classroom.
You can watch the full interview below: