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Superintendents discuss challenges heading into new school year

Posted at 8:04 PM, Jul 22, 2020
and last updated 2020-07-23 14:39:28-04

SAN DIEGO (KGTV) -- School superintendents from South Bay, Cajon Valley, Escondido and Chula Vista Elementary came together for a virtual roundtable Wednesday. The meeting comes days after Governor Gavin Newsom released a mandate saying students can only return to campus when the county has been off the state’s watchlist for two weeks.

The discussion focused on tackling challenges for the upcoming school year. All four districts say one of the main issues is a lack of funding.

“I listened to the governor speaking about how money has come to school districts,” said Dr. Katie McNamara, superintendent of South Bay Union School District. “It’s good to note that none of that money has arrived yet.”

She says they’ve had to dip into the district’s general funds to pay for things like PPE and improving distance learning models.

Cajon Valley reopened in-person summer programs last week and say they will be staying open.

The County Office of Education says the governor’s order does not apply to camps or day cares.

“We have almost 5,000 students on campus, today, right now in a version of summer school that we're calling child care.”

The Chula Vista Elementary Union superintendent, Dr. Francisco Escobdedo says they’re paying close attention to testing.

“In order for us to feel safe our contagion levels have to lower, the curve has to plateau.”

Escobedo adds they’re working on providing more internet hot spots for families who need it.