California Schools To Remain Closed Through End Of Academic Year

April 1, 2020

During a press conference this afternoon, California Governor Gavin Newson announced that schools throughout the state would remained closed through the end of the academic year and also revealed plans in partnership with Google to provide Chromebooks and free Wi-Fi to those in need.

At the Wednesday afternoon press meeting, the governor of the country's most populated state confirmed there are 8,155 positive cases of coronavirus in California. Citing the "deep respect and empathy" he has for mothers and caregivers during this time, Newsom revealed what many had already predicted, that schools throughout the state would not be reopening during this academic year but classes would continue online. In light of the COVID-19 outbreak and subsequent precautions, the University of California announced it would be suspending the SAT exam as a requirement for admission for students looking to enroll in fall 2020.

To assist the more than 20% of the state without Internet at home, Newsom revealed an alliance with Google that would bring 100,000 points of Wi-Fi access and broadband capacity that would provide at least 3 months of free Internet access to many Californians. Google announced it will also donate 4,000 Chromebooks to students in need. San Francisco Unified has already distributed more than 5,200 Chromebooks to students in grades 3 to 12 since it closed schools in March.