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State Sen. Josh Becker calls for schools to reopen once San Mateo County enters red tier

Original post made on Feb 23, 2021

State Sen. Josh Becker wants all San Mateo County schools to reopen for in-person learning once the county enters the less restrictive red tier -- which is set to happen on Wednesday -- saying the social and emotional toll is too high.

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Posted by Erica
a resident of Portola Valley: Ladera
on Feb 23, 2021 at 6:25 pm

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Thank you for your leadership on this issue! It is imperative that schools across CA, including high schools, reopen for in-person learning as soon as possible. As Burbio data indicate, CA is 49th out of 50 states in reopening. This is a disgrace. We are doing our children a huge disservice by not opening schools and providing them with the public education to which they are entitled. Science indicates convincingly that schools can be reopened safely for both students and teachers, but that school closures are doing serious harm to our children. Follow the science and reopen in red!

Posted by Walter Alvarado
a resident of Atherton: Lindenwood
on Feb 24, 2021 at 5:57 pm

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I am tired of people saying they love their teachers and then treating them like dirt. Reopening schools will not provide the social interactions of pre-pandemic times with everyone six feet apart. Mr. Becker, who is supposed to buy the air purifiers and with what money? Have you done anything to pass legislation to support schools in this time of need? Have you actually read the studies where there was little to no transmission? A school district in Wisconsin and were the kids tested daily to see if they had the virus but not the outward symptoms? You say you are worried about losing a generation. Some have already lost one, grandmothers and grandfathers; not everyone has the lifestyle you enjoy.
It past time that we can look the other way and pretend schools can just make things happen magically without the proper support.

Posted by pdjones
a resident of Menlo Park: Belle Haven
on Feb 24, 2021 at 6:31 pm

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Yes, school closures are harmful on many levels and I agree that schools should be opened as soon as reasonable. Here are a few questions:
1. What is the plan that ensures the communities with the highest number of cases (per 10,000 population), low vaccination rate, will have all the resources needed to safely reopen?
2. Will the State or the counties take on the cost to properly fund schools without the financial resources to do their own funding?
3. What is the plan if a classroom or school and/or community has an increase in infections?
The key is safely opening.

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