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Governor unveils $2 billion California 'Safe Schools for All' plan

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Gov. Gavin Newsom unveiled on Dec. 30 a $2 billion incentive plan to expand safe in-person instruction at public schools in early spring, 

 

 

 

 

The governor's description of the plan can be viewed here:

 https://www.gov.ca.gov/2020/12/30/governor-newsom-unveils-californias-safe-schools-for-all-plan/

The plan is built on four pillars:

— Funding to Support Safe Reopening.

— Safety & Mitigation Measures for Classrooms

— Hands-on Oversight & Assistance for Schools.

— Transparency & Accountability for Families & School Staff

He also announced Dr. Naomi Bardach, a UC San Francisco pediatrician and expert on school safety for COVID-19, as the leader of a cross-agency "Safe Schools for All Team."

 The pillars are:

Funding to Support Safe Reopening:  $2 billion to support safety measures, including testing, ventilation and PPE for schools that have resumed in-person instruction or phasing in of in-person instruction by early spring.

Safety & Mitigation Measures for Classrooms: To further ensure health and safety in the classroom, the administration will support implementation of key health measures. This will include frequent testing for all students and staff, including weekly testing for communities with high rates of transmission; masks for all students and staff, including distribution of millions of surgical masks for school staff; improved coordination between school and health officials for contact tracing; and prioritization of school staff for vaccinations.

Hands-on Oversight & Assistance for Schools: Dr. Bardach will lead the Safe Schools for All Team, a cross-agency team composed of staff from the California Department of Public Health, Cal/OSHA, and educational agencies. The team will provide hands-on support to help schools develop and implement their COVID-19 safety plans. These supports include school visits and walk-throughs as needed, webinars and training materials and ongoing technical assistance.

Transparency & Accountability for Families and Staff: A state dashboard will enable all Californians to see their school’s reopening status, level of available funding and data on school outbreaks. Additionally, a web-based “hotline” will empower school staff and parents to report concerns to the Safe Schools for All Team, which will lead to escalating levels of intervention beginning with technical assistance and ending with legal enforcement.

Additional details about the components of the plan here: https://www.cdph.ca.gov/Programs/CID/DCDC/Pages/COVID-19/Safe-Schools-for-All-Plan-Summary.aspx

For more information about the rationale behind the plan, please click here: https://www.cdph.ca.gov/Programs/CID/DCDC/Pages/COVID-19/Safe-Schools-for-All-Plan-Rationale.aspx

For more information about the science underpinning the plan, please click here:
https://www.cdph.ca.gov/Programs/CID/DCDC/Pages/COVID-19/Safe-Schools-for-All-Plan-Science.aspx

 

 

 

 

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