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What Parents Should Know as California Heads Back to School

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Many parents and kids are feeling relief as the state’s 6 million K-12 school children head back into the classroom for full time, in-person classes after more than a year of mostly distance learning.  But fears over the spread of the highly contagious delta coronavirus variant have other parents signing their children up for independent study and demanding online zoom classes.  Experts and state officials continue to back a full reopening, pointing to rising absenteeism, depression and anxiety among many children, as well as devastating loss of learning for students in predominantly low-income school districts.  We’ll talk about  what California’s schools are doing to keep students safe and address parents’ concerns.

Guests:

Vanessa Rancaño, education reporter, KQED News

Dr. Erica Pan, California State Epidemiologist and deputy director for the Center for Infectious Diseases, California Department of Public Health

Daniel Stepenosky, superintendent, Las Virgenes Unified School District

Gudiel Crosthwaite, superintendent, Lynwood Unified School District

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