Gov. Newsom: Nearly all students will be doing distance learning at start of school year

FILE – In this June 30, 2020, file photo, Gov. Gavin Newsom removes his face mask before giving an update on the state’s initiative to provide housing for homeless Californians amid the coronavirus pandemic, during a visit to Pittsburg, Calif. (AP Photo/Rich Pedroncelli, Pool, File)

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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.

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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