CTA wants some schools closed for 100 more days. Newsom calls his reopening plan negotiable.
The California Teachers Association is asking the governor to keep all schools in purple-tier counties closed for 100 days while state and local officials coordinate plans to ensure classroom safety for teachers and staff.
The request came in a letter dated Jan. 27. Counties that are in the purple tier have had an 8% COVID positivity rate over a seven-day period or have more than seven cases per 100,000 residents.
The union has also called for increased vaccinations for teachers. Like LAUSD Superintendent Austin Beutner, CTA would like to see campuses turned into vaccine distribution sites.
The letter was sent the same day that Gov. Gavin Newsom met virtually with the Association of California School Administrators to address concerns about his Safe Schools for All plan. The plan would give schools an additional $450-$700 per student if they open K-2 classrooms by Feb. 15 and grade 3-6 classrooms by March 15.
During the live discussion, Newsom said that all aspects of his plan are subject to negotiation.
“It’s about putting out a plan,” he explained. “This is about being iterative. It’s not about being ideological.“