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State Superintendent releases guidelines to reopen schools

Posted at 9:18 PM, Jun 08, 2020
and last updated 2020-06-09 12:59:57-04

After Governor Gavin Newsom’s announcement on Friday that schools will start to reopen, State Superintendent Tony Thurmond held a press conference Monday and laid out a 62-page guideline from the California Department of Education.

Thurman said he is working with the Governor and state officials to safely reopen amid the coronavirus pandemic. He says each county may be different.

“There are no mandates within this document," Thurmond said. "There’s no one size fits all approach."

Thurmond says he anticipates that many districts will be providing a hybrid model, where some students continue their online education and others head to campus for in-class instruction. He said: “many of our districts have surveyed their parents, and have said they would like to have the option for distance learning.”

While Thurmond said this wouldn’t be mandatory, districts should continue to accommodate it. He said that would help to address the challenges around spacing, as each student will be required to stay 6 feet apart.

Thurmond added that some districts have talked about getting creative with this.

“Using spaces like the cafeteria for classroom space that they can use and have tables spaced out with 6 feet of distance," said Thurmond. "They're using spaces like a gymnasium. They're also using the outdoor space when possible to be reused in some ways to support learning.”

You can find the full list of guidelines online.