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California school waivers will require detailed planning

The California Federation of Teachers and California Association of Private School Organizations spoke out about the waivers.

SACRAMENTO, Calif. — One of the state’s two powerful teachers unions is warning that reopening schools would be “reckless.” 

The California Federation of Teachers made the comment after Gov. Gavin Newsom released details for California elementary schools seeking to reopen with in-person instruction amid the coronavirus pandemic. Guidelines are for public, private and charter schools seeking permission to resume in-person classes if their county is on a coronavirus monitoring list. 

The California Association of Private School Organizations says it has seen “considerable interest” in applying for the reopening waivers. County health officers will decide whether to send the applications to the state for final consideration. 

CORONAVIRUS RESOURCES

CORONAVIRUS CONTEXT

According to the CDC, coronavirus (COVID-19) is a family of viruses that is spreadable from person to person. If someone is sick with coronavirus, the symptoms they may show include mild to severe respiratory illness, cough, and difficulty breathing.

Currently, there is no vaccine. The CDC suggests the following precautions, along with any other respiratory illness:

  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth.
  • Stay home when you are sick.
  • Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash.
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces using a regular household cleaning spray or wipe.
  • Wash your hands with soap and water for a minimum of 20 seconds.

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California teachers union pushes back on reopening schools