California Governor Gavin Newsom has announced that the state will be implementing new in-person student rates at public universities.
The state of California is now the only one to have moved out of the CDC’s “high” transmission category.
OAKLAND, Calif. — Governor Gavin Newsom visited a TK-8 school in Oakland on Sept. 15 to emphasize the state’s efforts to securely open schools for full in-person teaching, citing new state statistics indicating that 95-100 percent of kids are in-person in the overwhelming majority of school districts. This is on top of California’s role as a national leader in keeping schools open and keeping children out of the hospital.
Governor Newsom stated, “We executed the most comprehensive school reopening and safety plan in the country, and today California’s kids are back in the classroom, and schools are staying open at nation-leading rates.” “It’s no surprise that California is the first state to move out of the CDC’s ‘high’ transmission category and has the country’s lowest case rates. Schools are now among the safest places in our communities because to the state’s efforts and resources.”
The state’s new Student Supports and In-Person Dashboard collects information from school districts about how many students are back in classrooms, as well as the expanded educational opportunities and wellness services available to students. The data shows that the vast majority of districts have 95-100 percent of students in-person, and nearly 98 percent of schools are expanding mental health and wellness services for students.
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The new District 2021-22 Instruction Status Map also includes a geographical breakdown of student in-person rates, increased educational options, and outbreak-related cases in schools.
According to CDC statistics, California is leading national trends in keeping kids out of the hospital: the national rate of COVID-19 hospitalizations for children aged 0-17 was three times that of California, while Florida’s rate was six times that of California as of Sept. 12.
California is leading the way in keeping schools open throughout the country. According to the independent website Burbio, which monitors national school closures, between 1,900 and 2,000 schools have closed this year, with just nine in California accounting for around 0.5 percent of overall closures.
Throughout the winter, the Governor advocated for immediate school financing to expedite school reopenings in the 2020-21 school year and increase student assistance for the summer and 2021-22 school year. On March 5, AB 86 was signed into law, allocating $4.6 billion (out of a total of $6.6 billion) to student assistance. Early funding were utilized by schools to enhance educational activities for the summer and the next school year. According to the summer statistics, 89 percent of school districts reported providing additional learning opportunities such as learning acceleration (e.g., high-dose tutoring), enrichment, and mental health services during the summer.
On top of that, the Governor signed a historic $123.9 billion K-12 education plan into law, which will revolutionize our public schools over the next few years.
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