Coronavirus Resources for Schools

Gov Reopening Plan_Mgmt Groups Letter

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January 19, 2021 Governor Gavin Newsom 1303 10th Street, Suite 1173 Sacramento, CA 95814 Subject: Finding success in the "Safe Schools for All" plan for school reopening Dear Governor Newsom: On behalf of the statewide education organizations representing school administrators, county superintendents, school board members and school business officials, we write to express our appreciation for your efforts to prioritize in-person instruction in your proposed "Safe Schools for All" plan. Like you, we recognize that in-person instruction is the most effective way to educate students and ensure they receive a quality education. The purpose of our letter is to lay out a path that can help local educational agencies (LEAs) to succeed under this proposal. For the Safe Schools for All plan to effectively support LEAs, the plan's testing requirements must be attainable for school districts, the proposed funding inequities must be remedied, schools currently open for in- person instruction must be protected and collective bargaining must be addressed. Without these changes, we question the efficacy and merits of such an immense Proposition 98 investment. To begin, we applaud the plan's proposal for a proactive state role in the school reopening process. This is an important step in supporting our local efforts to address the learning loss and social-emotional impacts of this pandemic on students. The plan lays out critical components that we believe will help schools return to in-person instruction. • Providing funding to support in-person instruction; • Focusing on equity by targeting support for California's neediest students; • Creating a cross-agency team to ensure consistency among local health jurisdictions as they interpret and apply state health guidelines;

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