Will California Schools Reopen Soon?

Yazmeen Gonzalez

As the huge majority of California students approach one year of distance learning, Gov. Gavin Newsom explained Tuesday that classrooms will reopen “very, very shortly.” California is the only state that hasn’t reopened schools for in person learning. For weeks, Newsom has been negotiating with lawmakers on a deal to reopen schools and finish what’s left of this academic year. Most of California’s school students haven’t been in a classroom since mid-March of last year. This past Tuesday Newsom signed a $7.6 billion stimulus package, the most pressing questions focused on reopening schools. Would he consider forcing schools to reopen? When specifically will schools reopen, and who is to blame for their failure to resume in person classes so far? However, getting students back into classrooms has become political issue for Newsom, who is facing a possible recall election later this year. California Republicans blame Newsom for the frustration students and parents face after nearly a year of distance learning. Newsom has said the state will set aside 10% of first vaccine doses for educators and school staff starting in March. We are very confident we can start to get our kids safely back in schools very, very shortly,” Newsom said.