On July 17, Gov. Gavin Newsom announced that all public and private schools on the state’s COVID-19 monitoring list, which includes Santa Barbara and Ventura counties, must open for distance learning in the fall.
The challenge of maintaining equity as schools begin to open for distance learning amid the COVID-19 pandemic was a major concern for Santa Barbara community members recently during a live question-and-answer webinar with state and county authorities.
The state has $5.2 billion to use for distance learning. Superintendent of Public Instruction Thurmond is allocating the money across various areas to purchase connectivity devices and to support social-emotional learning programs for students and professional development for educators.