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All local school districts now look to distance learning for the fall

Posted at 7:37 PM, Jul 20, 2020
and last updated 2020-07-21 14:02:07-04

Schools that were originally planning on in-person instruction for the fall now have to change their plans. Now that Kern County is back on the state's monitoring list.

On Friday Governor Gavin Newsom said schools can physically open for in-person education when the county that they are operating in has been off the monitoring list for 14 consecutive days. And with local public officials anticipating being put back on the list this Friday, full distance learning is becoming the only option.

Governor Newsom said, “Safety will ultimately make the determination of how we go about educating our kids as we move into the fall and we work our way through this pandemic.” He continued, “Schools who don’t meet this requirement, they must begin the school year this fall through distance learning.”

Prior to Monday, Kern County was not affected, but with the county now added to the states monitoring list, the 14-day countdown begins. Both Buttonwillow Union School District and Kernville Union School District, who both originally opted for in-person education, will now move to full distance learning.