California Orders Schools Online in Hardest-Hit Counties

California has ordered schools in counties worst affected by Covid-19 to move to online-only classes in an effort to curb the spread of the virus.

California said public schools in the state’s hardest hit counties won’t be able to open for on-campus classes until the spread of the coronavirus in that area is contained. The order means that students in counties accounting for more than 70% of the state’s population will likely switch to remote learning for the beginning of the school year.

“Learning is non-negotiable. The virus will be with us for a year or more, and school districts must provide meaningful instruction in the midst of this pandemic,” Gov. Gavin Newsom said in a statement. “In California, health data will determine when a school can be physically open – and when it must close – but learning should never stop. Students, staff, and parents all prefer in-classroom instruction, but only if it can be done safely.”

California has seen a dramatic surge in new virus cases, driving up the number of deaths and patients needing hospitalization and ICU beds at an alarming rate. That forced Newsom earlier this month to scale back reopening and to order indoor dining and bars closed and a halt to indoor activities at gyms, hair salons and places of worship in most of the state.

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