California classrooms closed for fall as virus cases surge
July 21, 2020
SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) - Most of California's 6.7 million schoolkids will be learning from home when the new school year begins in a few weeks as the state struggles with soaring rates of coronavirus cases, hospitalizations and deaths.
Gov. Gavin Newsom on Friday issued strict guidelines for 32 counties that are on a state watch list because of COVID-19 outbreaks. They effectively require distance learning in public and private K-12 schools until those counties see 14 days of declines in virus cases.
Rural counties in the central and northern parts of the state have seen little of the virus and can bring students and teachers back to campus but those in grades three through 12 must wear masks.