Big City Mayors Make Plea for the Safe Reopening of Schools
California’s Big City Mayors have called on state leaders to create a path forward for the safe reopening of schools.
The letter was sent last month to Governor Gavin Newsom and State Superintendent of Public Instruction, Tony Thurmond. It stresses the need for coronavirus testing resources and testing/tracing protocols; resources and guidance on personal protective equipment (PPE); uniform standards for priority students; a timeline for reopening elementary schools; and more.
“The COVID-19 pandemic and the resource gap facing poor families has exacerbated existing disparities. Black, Latino, and low income students, students with special needs, newcomer students, homeless and foster youth are particularly at-risk of falling further behind their peers. Simply put, we are facing the greatest education equity crisis in most of our lifetimes,” the letter says.
“When the history of this pandemic is written, it will reveal that school shutdowns imposed far greater harms to our children than COVID-19 ever did--particularly for children from low-income families. The lost years of education, mental and emotional anguish, social isolation, limited access to exercise, play, and nutritious food will have impacts that will be felt for a generation, and we need a statewide commitment to get our schools open safely,” said San Jose Mayor Sam Liccardo. “Thanks to Governor Newsom, State Superintendent Tony Thurmond, and Health Secretary Mark Ghaly for their leadership as we continue to work together to safely return our children to their classrooms.”
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