April 28: Governor says new school year could start in July or early August

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 Newsom said he believes the state of California is "weeks, not months away," from making meaningful difference in the six indicators he has laid out for easing restrictions, based on data, not dates. He also suggested school leaders should consider starting the new school year in late July or early August.


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He said California is not out of the woods yet. However, the stabilization of COVID-19 cases is promising.


He said the disruption from COVID-19 has resulted in learning loss, so he floated the idea of schools reopen as early as late July to early August.

He said school districts need to prepare for the physical and environmental changes in the schools when they do reopen.

He said the state is working toward loosening restrictions, but cautioned that if we pull back too quickly, it could start a second wave that could be even more damaging than the first, and undo all the progress we have made.

 Dr. Sonia Angell, head of California Department of Public Health, presented slides on indicators to guide decisions on loosening stay-at-home restrictions.

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