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Gov. Newsom to announce updated guidelines for reopening California schools

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SACRAMENTO (KRON) – Governor Gavin Newsom on Friday will announce updated guidance for reopening California schools amid the ongoing coronavirus pandemic.

The press conference will be streamed live on KRONontv at noon.

The California Department of Education last month released a 62-page guidebook “Stronger Together: A Guidebook For The Safe Reopening of California’s Public School,” for school districts statewide to follow as they make plans for reopening in the fall.

The guidebook includes everything from face mask requirements to class schedules and updated lunch times are outlined.

Major school districts across California including Oakland, Los Angeles, and San Diego, have already announced they will begin the fall term online with distance learning.

The California Federation of Teachers, which represents 120,000 teachers and school employees, said Monday it sent a letter to Newsom and the Legislature asking state leaders to delay the physical reopening of schools and provide stronger direction to counties that “have been left on their own to make the difficult decision on whether it is safe to reopen schools.”

“We urge the Governor to take action and delay the reopening of schools until we can guarantee our schools are safe. The stakes are as high as it gets, and we have only one chance to get this right,” CFT President Jeff Freitas said in a statement.

The California Teachers’ Association, which represents 310,000 members, said pointedly on Friday: “We cannot reopen schools until it is safe.”

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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