California will demand that masks be worn to schools when classrooms open this fall, despite new guidance released Friday by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention that says vaccinated teachers and students do not need to wear face masks on school buildings .
Ahead of the new school guidelines scheduled for next week, health officials in California, he said Friday that demanding facial coverage will allow all schools to reopen this fall for full in-person instruction.
California Secretary of Health and Human Services Dr. Mark Ghaly said not all schools can accommodate physical distances of at least 3 feet or more, so the best preventative measure is to wear masks. interior.
The California Department of Public Health said in a statement that the mask requirement “will also ensure that all children are treated equally,” without any stigma related to those who are vaccinated or unvaccinated.
“We believe that with masking and testing, we can get kids to have 100% personally in our schools,” Ghaly said.
Ghaly pointed the CDC guidance published on Friday says that when it is not possible to keep at least 3 feet of physical distance, “it is especially important to put in place various prevention strategies, such as indoor masking.”
The health department plans to publish more detailed guidelines for the reopening of the school next week, said Ghaly, who joined Governor Gavin Newsom in a Napa Valley elementary School sign an invoice that provides historical funding for California schools.
Newsom invited a group of young students to help it sign the legislation, which directs most of the $ 123.9 billion for K-12 education in 2021-2022 fiscal year must be spent.
As part of a comprehensive new education spending package that was made possible by the state’s budget surplus, the state’s two-year kindergarten program will be expanded for free to all children. of 4 years. The program aims to progressively expand by 2025 at a cost of $ 2.7 billion annually.
The new plan also allocates more money to extracurricular and summer curricula, especially to districts that serve many high-need students.
“It’s a transformative budget. That’s different from anything we’ve ever done in this state,” Newsom said.
This year’s budget also adds money to fund it for free school meals for all students, with $ 54 million allocated for this year and $ 650 million in the coming years.
Newsom’s kindergarten expansion fulfills the promise he and Democratic legislative leaders made to meet the statewide 4-year universal kindergarten bill.
There are currently about 91,000 4-year-olds enrolled in the transitional kindergarten. The new plan would increase enrollment to about 250,000.
The bill achieves many long-standing priorities for Democrats in the legislature, said Democratic Assembly Speaker Cecilia Aguiar-Curry, who joined the signing ceremony.
“We’re changing lives,” Aguiar-Curry of Winters said. “With today’s signing, we won’t leave anyone behind.”
Newsom said the funding aims to address many of the inequalities exposed by the coronavirus pandemic, including the need for robust mental health services to address depression and childhood trauma, more teachers and a lower proportion between teachers and students.
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