Governor Newsom announced that based current coronavirus and the projections for its continued spread, he doesn't believe the state's schools will be reopened this academic year. Learning and classes will continue online.
"It seems, I think, self-evident that we should not prepare to bring our children back into the school setting," Newsom said.
Newsom said schools are prepared to increase class time but at home.
"While schools might be physically closed, class is still in session," Newsom said. "This agreement is good news for students and parents, and the announcement means that more California kids will have tools to learn at home during this crisis."
With the need for online increasing for students, Newsom announced a partnership with Google, who will fund the use of 100,000 donated mobile hotspots to provide free and unlimited high-speed Internet connectivity. As part of the partnership, Google will be offering free wifi throughout California for three months.
Google will also be providing Chromebooks throughout the state to help transition to online learning.
California will be providing updated guidance on school and graduation requirements later today.
Newsom also announced the state has received a federal waiver to substantially increase food distribution for students. The waiver increases point-of-access for grab and go meals.