Newsom Unveils Plan for Reopening Schools

School districts that bring their elementary students back on campus by February will be eligible for $450 to $700 per pupil under a $2 billion proposal unveiled by Gov. Gavin Newsom last week.

Districts would receive a minimum of $450 for every student in the district, plus additional money per student, based on the Local Control Funding Formula. It provides extra money for English learners, homeless, foster and low-income students.

Districts would receive the funding if they offered in-person instruction from transitional kindergarten (TK) to second grade in the first phase, starting Feb. 15, and for third to sixth-graders in the second phase, a month later. Districts would get full funding, regardless of how many parents decided to continue with distance learning. They would also have to agree to bring back small cohorts of students of all ages with the most needs, including homeless and foster children and students with disabilities, whom Newsom said have been disproportionately affected by the shift to distance learning. — EdSource 

The Safe Schools for All Plan also includes new, rigorous testing requirements, updated safety plans for schools, and a dashboard for tracking school outbreaks. Formal safety guidelines will be released this week.

Some districts expressed surprise at the proposal. California Teachers Association President E. Toby Boyd stopped short of supporting the plan, instead saying he is pleased Newsom is "finally recognizing" the need for tougher safety standards.