Thurmond: Most school districts planning on opening as scheduled in the fall

Tony Thurmond, California Department of Education
Posted at 10:55 AM, May 20, 2020
and last updated 2020-05-20 13:55:10-04

California State Superintendent of Public Instruction Tony Thurmond announced Wednesday morning that most school districts in the state are planning on opening as scheduled in the fall.

According to Thurmond, "As it relates to when schools will open, there will not be a common opening. Rather, school districts will make their own decisions about when they will open. Most districts are planning to open at their normal dates, in late August and September."

The California Department of Education will continue to work with school districts to chart and track when they open and will continue to provide guidance to help districts identify ways to open safely.

"It's wildly believed that in order for us to reopen with schools in a social distancing kind of fashion, that students and staff will have to wear masks," said Thurmond. "It is believed that we'll have to sanitize schools down every day. Sometimes multiple times a day. It is believed that is likely that we will have to have smaller class sizes to accommodate students being able to maintain 6 feet of distance during school."