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California school waivers will require detailed planning

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Posted at 7:16 AM, Aug 05, 2020
and last updated 2020-08-05 10:20:52-04

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) -- One of California's two powerful teachers unions is warning that reopening schools would be "reckless."

The California Federation of Teachers made the comment after Gov. Gavin Newsom released details for California elementary schools seeking to reopen with in-person instruction amid the coronavirus pandemic.

Guidelines are for public, private and charter schools seeking permission to resume in-person classes if their county is on a coronavirus monitoring list.

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The California Association of Private School Organizations says it has seen "considerable interest" in applying for the reopening waivers.

However, the Federation of Teachers set five criteria they think should be met before reopening classrooms, including a significant decline in cases both statewide and on a county level, as well as adequate protective gear, and funding from federal and state governments.

County health officers will decide whether to send the applications to the state for final consideration.