WATSONVILLE, CA — State officials launched a new online hub Thursday as a one-stop shop for helpful information regarding safe in-person instruction.
Pajaro Valley Unified School District staff and parents can also report school-specific safety concerns surrounding the coronavirus to the State Safe Schools Team via the site and telephone hotline (1-833-422-4255).
The Safe Schools for All Hub also includes updated guidance for safely reopening and includes additional resources to implement school-centered COVID-19 testing. Pajaro Valley Unified School District administrators can also request technical assistance on developing and implementing safety plans from the State Safe Schools Team via the online web hub.
“Learning is non-negotiable, and getting our kids and staff back into the classroom safely will help us continue turning the corner on this pandemic,” Gov. Gavin Newsom said in a statement.
The website accompanies the state’s $2 billion Safe Schools for All Plan, which Newsom outlined in December and said reflects the best available science regarding safe in-person instruction.
The plan calls for safely reopening of schools beginning in February, with a priority for returning the youngest children (TK-2nd grade) and those who are most disproportionately impacted first, then returning other grade levels to in-person instruction through the spring.
“With proposed new funding and ongoing conversations with districts, school employees, stakeholders and the legislature, we remain committed to our Safe Schools for All Plan and helping all students – with a focus on those in disproportionately impacted communities – get the help they need to return to in-person instruction,” Newsom said.
The state has allowed some schools to resume in-person classes once their county had been out of the purple tier – the most restrictive in the county’s four-tiered pandemic reopening plan – for at least two weeks, according to KTVU-TV.
Those schools were allowed to continue holding in-person classes even after the state issued its regional stay-at home order for roughly 80 percent of California’s counties.
To learn more, visit schools.covid19.ca.gov. According to state officials, the site will be updated regularly.