Pandemic surge puts opening of regular classrooms on hold for millions of California students

Gov. Gavin Newsom’s “sounding of the alarm” to beat back the surge of the Covid-19 virus represents a severe setback for efforts to further reopen schools in California, as millions more students now attend schools in counties barred from offering face-to-face instruction in regular classes.

On Monday, Newsom applied what he called an “emergency brake” on reopening schools and businesses in almost every part of the state, based on coronavirus rules announced months ago. Of the state’s 58 counties, 41 counties are now on the Tier One purple list, the most restrictive of the state’s coronavirus monitoring list.

To get on that list, color-coded purple, counties must have a daily average of seven or more new Covid-19 cases per 100,000 residents as well as an average 8% positivity testing rate over the previous seven days. Click here to read more: