Governor Newsom: Schools in California Likely to Remain Closed Until Summer


California Gov. Gavin Newsom says families need to plan for their students not returning to school before the summer due to the coronavirus.

This is a very sobering thing to say," Newsom said, "I don't want to mislead you." The governor said, "I believe that to be the case."

Virtually all the state’s schools have shut down until at least early April as the state tries to stop the spread of the virus.

“I would plan and assume it is unlikely that many of these schools, few if any, will open before the summer break,” he said in a news conference streamed online.

“I don’t want to mislead you, to six-plus million kids in our system and their families, they need to make some plans at a time when a lot of plans are already being curtailed,” said Newsom, a father of four children. “But planning with kids is some of the most challenging plannin

California education and health officials released new guidance for K-12 schools to help education leaders meet the needs of all students affected by school closures, with an emphasis on assisting low-income children and those with disabilities.

Governor Signs Order to Assure Delivery of Vital Goods

Taking action to ensure that key commodities can be delivered to California retailers in a timely manner during the COVID-19 outbreak, Governor Gavin Newsom today signed an executive order to ease restrictions on commercial drivers engaged in support of emergency relief efforts.

The change comes in conjunction with the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration’s emergency waiver announcedlast weekto ensure the free flow of critical supplies and equipment.

The executive order also suspends existing law for employers directly impacted by COVID-19 and directs the Labor and Workforce Development Agency to provide guidance to impacted employees.

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