Are Schools Really Going to Re-Open in California?

By TD

February 24, 2021

San Diego Unified School District has announced April 12th as a target date to re-open classrooms using a hybrid-learning model, but it can’t happen unless certain conditions are first met.

After the announcement, parents, students, and educators are all asking the same question. Are schools in California going to follow the science and and finally reopen? 

“The answer is... complicated,” Carl DeMaio stated.

The re-opening is contingent on teachers having access to both doses of the coronavirus vaccine and the continued decline of case rates that would place San Diego County in the red tier. “We can only open provided we meet the Governors arbitrary case-rate standards which are not grounded in any sort of science or reflective of actual evidence-based practice from school districts around the country,” DeMaio continued.

Recent pressure from Recall efforts have made Governor Gavin Newsom the face of school shutdowns. Now, Newsom appears he’s trying to change that view and is attempting to make a deal with the California Teachers Union (CTA) to get schools reopened. However, the CTA has near veto-power at all local levels and they are pushing back on Newsom’s efforts to expedite school reopenings. 

Unfortunately, with all of the contingencies outlined in this reopening plan, chances of it actually happening, seem a little slim.

As for the hybrid model, San Diego Unified Board President, Richard Barrera, said specifics are still being worked out and parents will be sent a survey to give their thoughts on what it should look like.

Listen to Carl explain the reopening conditions and answer the question if it’s really going to happen HERE

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