California students may not return to school before summer, Newsom says

Posted at 5:36 PM, Mar 17, 2020
and last updated 2020-03-18 10:34:15-04

SAN FRANCISCO (KGO) -- California Gov. Gavin Newsom is warning families not to plan for their students to return to school before the summer due to the coronavirus.

"This is a very sobering thing to say," Newsom said, "I don't want to mislead you."

Newsom also said he told his daughter Monday, "'Honey, I don't think the schools are going to open again."

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Newsom's remarks come after the state's drastic steps to prevent the spread of coronavirus, including a shelter-in-place order for at least six Bay Area counties.

The governor later said he hoped he was wrong "but I believe that to be the case."