New data shows the vast majority of school districts have 95 to 100 percent of in-person students
California became the only state to drop out of the CDC’s “high” transmission category and currently has the lowest case rate in the country
OAKLAND – Today, Governor Gavin Newsom visited a TK-8 school in Oakland to highlight the state’s efforts to safely open schools for full in-person instruction, highlighting new data from the Status showing that the vast majority of school districts report that 95-100 percent of students are in person. This, in addition to major California national trends when it comes to keeping schools open and keeping children out of hospital.
“We have implemented the strongest school reopening and safety strategy in the country, and now California students are back in class and schools remain open at the best rates in the country,” Gov. Newsom said . “It’s no coincidence that California is the first state to drop out of the CDC’s ‘high’ transmission category and has the lowest case rates in the country. State efforts and resources have made schools the safest places in our communities.
The state is new Student supports and in-person dashboard provides data collected from school districts regarding the number of students returning to classrooms, and the expanded educational opportunities and welfare services available to students – the data shows that the vast majority of districts have 95 to 100 percent of students in person, and nearly 98 percent of schools are expanding mental health, extracurricular, and tutoring programs:
In addition, the new 2021-22 District Instructions Status Map provides a regional breakdown of in-person student rates, expanded educational opportunities, and cases associated with school outbreaks:
CDC data showed that California leads national trends to prevent children from going to hospital: As of September 12, the national COVID-19 hospitalization rate for 0-17 year olds was 3 times that of California, while Florida’s rate was 6 times that of California.
Nationally, California Leading National Trends To Keep Schools Open. According to the independent site Burbio which tracks school closings nationwide, about 1,900 to 2,000 school closures have occurred this year, of which only nine were in California, which is about 0.5% of the total. nationwide closures:
Throughout the winter, the governor has championed urgent action to provide funding to schools to accelerate the reopening of schools in the 2020-21 school year and expand student support for the summer and school year 2021-22. AB 86 was enacted on March 5, 2021, with $ 4.6 billion (out of $ 6.6 billion in total funding) spent on expanding student supports. The schools used these early funds to expand educational opportunities for the summer and the upcoming school year. According to summer data, 89 percent of school districts report offering new learning opportunities during the summer, including acceleration of learning (eg, high-dose tutoring), enrichment and mental health services.
Based on this funding, the Governor enacted a landmark $ 123.9 billion Kindergarten to Grade 12 education program that represents a transformation of our public schools over the next several years.