Gov. Newsom announces physical school closures through end of academic year

Posted at 5:35 PM, Apr 01, 2020
and last updated 2020-04-01 20:35:49-04

SACRAMENTO, Calif. — Gov. Newsom announced the physical closure of schools for the rest of the 2019-20 academic year.

Teachers are working diligently to meet local students' needs and implement distance learning plans.

“The governor’s announcement is not unexpected, and I know educators across the state are stepping up to ensure students continue to get the learning opportunities they need. This is a tough situation for all of us – students, educators and families. Many schools closed so quickly that teachers didn’t get a chance to say goodbye to their students and really help them prepare for this new reality. I have heard from so many educators who have talked about how their students cried on their first distance learning calls, simply because they were happy to see each other,” said California Technical Academy President E. Toby Boyd. “CTA members are working their magic to meet their students where they are. In fact, we’ve even seen caravans of teachers driving through neighborhoods to reach out and see their students.”

Teachers are now offering distance learning form their homes, working with their districts to establish distance learning labs, sharing lesson plans and providing support for each other.

CTA is providing teacher-led online-learning webinars to help educators prepare.

CTA guidance and resources for educators and parents are available here.