Governor Newsom said Tuesday, March 17, he expects California public schools will not reopen before summer break

It is possible California public schools may not reopen before summer break, due to COVID-19, according to Gov. Gavin Newsom in a press conference in Sacramento on Tuesday afternoon.
Last Thursday, Ojai Unified School District announced Ojai public schools would be closed March 16 to 20, and district officials said they would reassess later. More than 98 percent of California public schools were closed this week.


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As the number of suspected COVID-19 cases increased, on Tuesday evening, Ventura County Public Health Officer Dr. Robert Levin issued a Public Health Order, enforceable by law, for people 75 and older, and people age 70 and over with health issues, to shelter in place.
On Sunday, March 15, the governor had urged people 65 and older with health issues to shelter in place, but that was a "directive," and not an order.
Levin spoke with Ventura County school district officials in Ventura County on Tuesday and the Ojai Unified School District is expected to make an announcement about its schools on Wednesday, according to city officials. This week, OUSD has been providing brown bag lunches and breakfast from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at its school sites, along with books, computers, hot spots for computer connections, and mental-health counseling for students dealing with the upheaval from COVID-19.
“Don’t anticipate schools are going to open in a week,” Newsom said at his Tuesday press conference. "I would plan, and assume, that it's unlikely that many of these schools — if any — will open before summer break."


Also on Tuesday, the state Superintendent of Public Instruction said that, as of that day, there had been no official declaration that schools will not reopen before summer break, but that school districts need to be prepared to address how to educate students who are not in school.
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