UPDATED 11:20 AM PT – Saturday, August 15, 2020
California Governor Gavin Newsom has said he expects nearly all students in his state to begin the school year virtually. On Friday, he announced more than 90% of students will not be starting school in the classroom.
According to Newsom, his government has so far delivered 73,000 devices and 100,000 Wi-Fi hot spots to facilitate distance learning.
CA is preparing for distance learning.
? $5.3B for schools during #COVID19
? Thousands of devices set aside for schools to purchase from Apple, T-Mobile, Office Depot & more
? Schools can purchase discount devices through state contracts
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— Office of the Governor of California (@CAgovernor) August 14, 2020
However, some local schools have opted not to go virtual, much to the governor’s disappointment.
“I’m disappointed, obviously, that they’re not abiding by their local health officer, whose purpose it is simply to keep people healthy, keep people safe,” added Newsom. “Not only the kids, but the leadership of that school and others.”
Given the governor’s projections, state officials have called on internet service providers to help make the online initiative available to all students.
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