Gov. Newsom orders most California schools to stay closed until coronavirus spread lessens

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Gov. Gavin Newsom handed down strict guidelines that will require most California schools to keep their buildings closed to start the year to cope with the coronavirus outbreak.

Those that do reopen during the coronavirus outbreak must require masks for older childrena as well as makes and consistent testing for staff.

“Learning in the state of California is simply non negotiable,” Newsom said during a Friday press conference. “Schools must, and I underscore must, provide meaningful instruction during this pandemic, whether they are physically open or not.”

He said Californians who want schools and businesses open could aid that effort by wearing masks to control the spread of the disease.

“If that’s your top priority… model the behavior than can actually extinguish this virus,” he said.

The California Department of Public Health built a five-point framework for schools to follow that Newsom said would allow students to learn during the

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LA and San Diego school districts will start fall classes online only; California orders statewide closures

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Two of the largest school districts in the U.S., the Los Angeles and San Diego unified school districts, said Monday that their academic years will start with only online instruction, as California continues to fight a surge of COVID-19 cases.  

The districts made the announcement in a joint statement and said their academic calendars will begin as scheduled – Aug. 18 for Los Angeles and Aug. 31 for San Diego. The statement added that both districts will plan to resume in-person learning “as soon as public health conditions allow.”

Also on Monday, Florida reported another alarming number of new coronavirus, as President Donald Trump displayed his frustration with the CDC and the World Health Organization’s director warned that the global pandemic is worsening.

“We need to reach a sustainable situation where we have adequate control of this virus without shutting down our lives entirely,” Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus said Monday, adding

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