Gov. Newsom says Kern High School District is only district among largest districts to remain open

Governor Gavin Newsom
Posted at 4:50 PM, Mar 15, 2020
and last updated 2020-03-16 00:30:11-04

LOS ANGELES, Calif. — UPDATE: Several districts in Kern County have announced plans to close schools in their districts, following Governor Gavin Newsom's remarks Sunday, addressing the Kern High School District.


Governor Gavin Newsom said that Kern High School District is the only school district, among 25 of the largest districts in California, to remain open amid coronavirus spread.

"Twenty-four out of 25 of the largest district's in the state in California have already shut down. The one remaining in that group is Kern High School District, which has remained open," Newsom said during his coronavirus address Sunday.

Newsom added that 80 to 85 percent of students in California will not be going to school beginning Monday.

He anticipates that number will be much higher as smaller districts also begin to close campus.

On Tuesday, there will be very specific guidelines announced for schools that remain open, according to Newsom.

On their website, KHSD stated Friday that "experts at Kern County Public Health do not recommend school closures."

"We will continue to work with local agencies and partners to monitor and assess information in this rapidly changing situation," the statement said.