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Newsom: Schools can’t physically reopen unless county off state watchlist for 14 straight days

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UPDATE: Gov. Gavin Newsom announced new guidelines today for schools as they plan for how they will operate in the upcoming school year.

According to the guidance, schools can only offer in-person learning if their county has been off the state monitoring list for at least 14 consecutive days. Schools in counties that remain on the list will have to operate using distance learning only.

In counties where schools are allowed to open, they must follow several protocols, including having all staff and students in third grade and up wear masks, conduct temperature checks, maintain physical distancing and regularly test staff.

The Bakersfield City School District said it is still moving forward with distance learning for the beginning of the 2020-21 school year. The Kern High School District said it is in the process of reviewing the new guidelines.


SACRAMENTO (KGET) — Gov. Gavin Newsom is holding a press briefing at noon today to provide updated COVID-19 guidance for California schools.

Some local school districts have opted to offer distance learning only in the beginning of the upcoming school year due to the recent rise in COVID-19 cases, including the Kern High School District and the Bakersfield City School District.

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