Gov. Gavin Newsom has issued an executive order ensuring California public school districts retain state funding during closures. The order directs school districts to use state funds for online learning and educational opportunities, providing school meals and arranging for supervision of students if possible.
“Closing schools has a massive, cascading effect for our kids and their families, especially those least equipped financially to deal with them,” Newsom said. “The needs of California kids must be met regardless of whether their school is open or closed. School districts that choose to close must use state educational dollars to quickly meet the needs of children and families. The state of California is working around the clock to help those districts and provide best practices to ensure no kid is left behind.”
The Los Angeles Unified School District has closed for two weeks to help prevent the spread of coronavirus.
“I applaud Gov. Newsom for the action in his executive order to provide schools with the tools they need to continue providing students with high quality education while keeping them safe,” State Superintendent of Public Instruction Tony Thurmond said. “This allows schools to put safety first without jeopardizing the financial resources needed to meet the needs of our students.”
The order stipulates that even if schools close temporarily, districts must continue to pay employees.
For information, visit gov.ca.gov and cde.ca.gov.
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