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Posted by: thepinetree on 07/18/2020 05:06 PM Updated by: thepinetree on 07/18/2020 05:06 PM
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Governor Gavin Newsom Lays Out Pandemic Plan for Learning and Safe Schools

Sacramento, CA...Governor Gavin Newsom today announced his plan for learning and safe schools ahead of the 2020–2021 school year, as the California Department of Public Health issued a framework for when and how schools should reopen for in-person instruction. “Learning is non-negotiable,” said Governor Newsom. “The virus will be with us for a year or more, and school districts must provide meaningful instruction in the midst of this pandemic. In California, health data will determine when a school can be physically open – and when it must close – but learning should never stop. Students, staff, and parents all prefer in-classroom instruction, but only if it can be done safely.”

The Governor’s plan centers on five key areas:

1) Safe in-person school based on local health data

The California Department of Public Health today issued updated schools guidance that includes using existing epidemiological metrics to determine if school districts can start in-person instruction. CDPH currently uses six indicators to track the level of COVID-19 infection in each California county as well as the preparedness of the county health care system – data that includes the number of new infections per 100,000 residents, the test positivity rate, and the change in hospitalization rate, among others. Any county that does not meet the state’s benchmarks is put on the County Monitoring List.

Schools located in counties that are on the Monitoring List must not physically open for in-person instruction until their county has come off the Monitoring List for 14 consecutive days. Schools in counties that have not been on the Monitoring List for the prior 14 days may begin in-person instruction, following public health guidelines. School community members – including parents, teachers, staff and students – can track daily data on whether and why their county is on the Monitoring List at

There is a single exception. Local health officers may grant a waiver to allow elementary schools to reopen in-person instruction if the waiver is requested by the district superintendent, in consultation with labor, parents and community-based organizations. When considering a waiver request, the local health officer must consider local data and consult with the California Department of Public Health.

The Department also issued updated guidance for when schools must physically close and revert to distance learning because of COVID-19 infections. Following a confirmed case of a student who was at school during his or her infectious period, other exposed students and staff should be quarantined for 14 days. The school should revert to distance learning when multiple cohorts have cases or 5 percent of students and staff test positive within a 14-day period. The district should revert to distance learning when 25 percent or more of its schools have been physically closed due to COVID-19 within 14 days. Closure decisions should be made in consultation with local health officers. After 14 days, school districts may return to in-person instruction with the approval of the local public health officer.

2) Strong mask requirements for anyone in the school

In the updated guidance, all staff and students in 3rd grade and above will be required to wear a mask or face covering. Students in 2nd grade and below are strongly encouraged to wear a face covering. Students should be provided a face covering if they do not have one. The state has delivered over 18 million face coverings to schools to support them to reopen and ensure all students can participate in learning.

3) Physical distancing requirements & other adaptations

In the updated guidance, CDPH requires that all adults stay 6 feet from one another and 6 feet away from children, while students should maintain 6 feet of distance from one another as practicable. Anyone entering the school must do a health screen, and any student or staff exhibiting a fever or other symptoms will be immediately sent home. The guidance also provides that if anyone in a student or staff member’s household is sick, they too should stay home.

4) Regular testing and dedicated contact tracing for outbreaks at schools

The public health guidance recommends staff in every California school be tested for COVID-19 periodically based on local disease trends and as testing capacity allows. The Governor also announced today that the state will provide resources and technical assistance for COVID-19 investigations in school settings.

5) Rigorous distance learning

Over the course of the pandemic, most schools will likely face physical closure at some point due to COVID-19. The Legislature and Governor Newsom enacted a budget that provided $5.3 billion in additional funding to support learning, and set requirements to ensure schools provide rigorous and grade-appropriate instruction. Under newly enacted state law, school districts are required to provide:

Devices and connectivity so that every child can participate in distance learning.
Daily live interaction for every child with teachers and other students.
Class assignments that are challenging and equivalent to in-person instruction.
Targeted supports and interventions for English learners and special education students.
The full guidance from the California Department of Public Health can be found here:


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Gavin says
Posted on: 2020-07-18 18:45:05   By: Anonymous
Ahh Blah Blah Blah Ahh I F " ed this up !

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No Subject
Posted on: 2020-07-18 19:46:11   By: Anonymous
No problem Gavin’s kid’s go to a private school tun by queers, and lesbos !

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No Subject
Posted on: 2020-07-18 19:47:39   By: Anonymous
Isn’t the acronym for the LGBQRST COMMUNITY!?

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    Posted on: 2020-07-18 20:17:40   By: Anonymous
    In regards to the county roads...... Ban Flatlanders! traffic is horrible open up the BAY!

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      Posted on: 2020-07-19 09:34:22   By: Anonymous
      Let’s talk about trump’s family. Ivanka and don jr . What are you going to do next ? Times may never be the same. Because the world hates you . Perhaps you could try something else. You know, like prison.

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        Posted on: 2020-07-19 09:40:37   By: Anonymous
        Find something new!

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        Posted on: 2020-07-19 10:05:45   By: Anonymous
        Let's talk about joe Bidens sexual harassment allegations or the corruption DNC has.

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          Posted on: 2020-07-19 11:20:55   By: Anonymous
          Joe Byedone wants to legalize cocaine for his son .

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            Posted on: 2020-07-19 11:25:40   By: Anonymous
            Let’s talk about trump and Jeffery Epstein .

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              Calaveras Schools
              Posted on: 2020-07-19 11:37:03   By: Anonymous
              In the county guidelines the requirement all students wear masks is missing.
              If a student shows illness, they then must wear a mask.

              The necessity of all wearing masks is not emphasized enough or is not al all.

              The guidelines also seem to ignore asymptomatic students, why all students must wear masks at all times.

              Too many in the county still ignore the mask mandates.

              Wear a mask, show you care about others, not just yourself.

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                Re: Calaveras Schools
                Posted on: 2020-07-19 12:51:41   By: Anonymous
                Let talk about Clinton and the numerous flights to Epstein's island or let's talk about Hillary and the deleted emails or the kidnapped Haitian children.

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                  Re: Calaveras Schools
                  Posted on: 2020-07-19 16:34:06   By: Anonymous
                  What the hell is that? As much as the Repukes lied, accused, and slandered her, none of it ever was proven.

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                    Re: Calaveras Schools
                    Posted on: 2020-07-19 20:12:04   By: Anonymous
                    Let's talk aabout how Trump lusts for Ivanka. Now that's just freaking wierd.

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