California State PTA Op-Ed: “Listen Up – 10 Things We Need to Do to Reopen Schools Safely

SACRAMENTO, February 8, 2021 – Celia Jaffe, President of California State PTA, has issued an opinion piece on behalf of California State PTA’s 700,000 members in which she urges the Governor to adopt 10 key recommendations for the timely and safe reopening of schools.

“Schools need to open as soon as practically possible while protecting the health and well-being of students, staff and families,” Jaffe says in the piece, which prioritizes equitable, sufficient funding to cover reopening costs, robust school-parent communication, and expanded learning programs to address learning loss over the last 10 months.

“Not only are children falling behind academically, but the social isolation and fears of illness and death are taking an enormous toll on their emotional health. California’s students are counting on the legislature and the governor to come up with a realistic school reopening plan that meets the needs of all our school communities.”

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Heather Ippolito
Vice President for Communications

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Assistant Executive Director

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