Children are suffering academically, emotionally, and physically.
Working parents face an impossible challenge.
Safe reopening is possible and must be done as soon as possible.
AB 10 clarifies the legislature’s intent, adds a timeline, and ensures schools have a chance of opening this year.
Help for teachers: The bill also extends provisions to permit distance learning arrangements for medically fragile teachers--an accommodation the law currently only makes for students.
Learning loss due to DL: A McKinsey & Co study found that even if in-person instruction were to resume in January 2021--which it hasn’t--an average student would about 7 months of learning due to distance learning, and learning losses would affect low-income, Black, and Latinx students the most.
Inequality: Right now, in California, where a student lives or whether their parents can pay private school tuition affects their access to quality education.
The disparity disproportionately affects our most vulnerable low-income students, and is resulting in a separate and unequal system of education.
Learning loss and life expectancy: A recent article in the Journal of the American Medical Association found that COVID-related learning loss experienced by U.S. children in 2020 may be associated with a decrease in their life expectancy.
Growing need for mental health services: An ACLU of Southern California survey found that over half of students surveyed could need mental health support, and a majority of students rated their mental health as lower than before the pandemic.
Low case rates in open Marin schools: Data from Marin County in fall 2020, where 80% of schools were open and 13,000 students attended in-person classes each day, showed just two suspected cases of transmission at school.