Governor Releases California’s Safe Schools for All Plan
This week Governor Newsom released the California State Schools for All Plan, California’s framework to support schools to continue operating safely in-person and expand the number of schools resuming in-person instruction. The framework has four key pillars:
- Funding to Support Safe Reopening. Governor Newsom’s January budget will propose $2 billion to support safety and mitigation measures for schools that have resumed or will be phasing in in-person instruction by early spring.
- Safety and Mitigation Measures for Classrooms. The Administration is encouraging and supporting key measures, such as testing for staff and students, providing masks, supporting improved communication between schools and health departments for contact tracing, and the prioritization of school staff for vaccinations.
- Hands-on Oversight and Assistance for Schools. The Administration has created a cross-agency team with representation from CDPH, Cal/OSHA, and educational agencies to provide support to schools as they develop and implement COVID-19 safety plans.
- Transparency and Accountability for Families and Staff. The state will host a dashboard showing the reopening status of their school, available funding, and outbreak data. The state will also a mechanism for reporting concerns to the Safe Schools for All team. The state will provide interventions starting with technical assistance and, if needed, legal enforcement.
Details about the plan can be found at the links below: