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'We need to do more': California schools face daunting task of reopening amid recession

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'We need to do more': California schools face daunting task of reopening amid recession
Lonnie Wong reports
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THIS WHILE DEALING WITH THATMASSIVE CUT IN SCHOOL FUNDINGAT THE SAME TIME.FOX FORTY'S LONNIE WONG HASTHOSE DETAILS.MOST DISTRICTS ARE PLANNINGTO OPEN AT THEIR NORMAL DATESIN LATE AUGUST AND SEPTEMBERBUT THAT DOESN'T MEAN SCHOOLSWILL MEET THOSE DATES THESTATE'S TOP EDUCATORS SAYSMASS FOR EVERYONE AND FEWERSTUDENTS PER CLASSROOM AREGIVEN AS OUR SANITATIONPROTOCOLS WILL HAVE TOSANITIZE SCHOOLS DOWN EVERYDAY, I'M SOMETIMES MULTIPLETIMES A DAY MORE SCHOOL BUSESAND DRIVERS MAY BE REQUIRED TOSTUDENTS ON BOARD HAVE TODISTANCE THEMSELVES AND MANYADDRESSING BACK TO SCHOOLSAFETY CONCERNS BY USING THEHYBRID CLASSROOM INSTRUCTIONWITH THE CONTINUED USE OFDISTANCE LEARNING SIMPLYTHEY'VE BEEN RECEIVING THOSEREQUESTS FROM PARENTS HOMESCHOOLING IS AN OPTION MOREPARENTS ARE LOOKING AT.AFTER TO DESCRIBE SAY, I'MDOWN THAT REQUIRES A FAMILY TOLOSE AN INCOME EARNER TO TEACHTHEIR KIDS AND THE COMMITMENTTO A LIFESTYLE CHANGE NOTPOSSIBLE FOR EVERYONE OR EVENMOST PARENTS THE BIGUNANSWERED QUESTION IS HOWSCHOOL DISTRICTS GOING TO BEABLE TO DO ALL THAT ISREQUIRED TO OPEN THEIR DOORSAFELY THIS FALL WHEN FACEDWITH A POSSIBLE $19 BILLIONSTATE FUNDING SHORTFALL DUE TOTHE COVID-19 RECESSION, KEYEDUCATION PROGRAMS WILL LIKELYBE CURTAILED OR ELIMINATEDALTOGETHER AT A TIME WHENSAFETY MEASURES LIKE MORECOMPUTERS AND PERSONAL SAFETYEQUIPMENT LIKE MASKS MUST BEACQUIRED.

NONE OF THOSE AREGIVEN WE'RE GOING TO NEED TOBE ABLE TO DO MORE WE BELIEVETHAT OUR SCHOOL DISTRICTSCANNOT REOPEN SAFELY IF THEYHAVE TO IMPLEMENT THESE KINDSOF CUTS THE GOVERNOR HAS WEWORK HIS BUDGET PLAN TO ALLOWDISTRICTS MORE FLEXIBILITY INHOW THEY SPEND THEIR MONEY BUTTHAT WON'T BE ENOUGH WITHOUT ABIG AID PACKAGE FROM CONGRESS.IN SACRAMENTO, LONNIE WONG





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