Gov. Gavin Newsom pushes to bring students back in person and focus on their mental health

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SACRAMENTO, Calif. (KERO) – Governor Newsom said when asked the kids if they preferred school online or in person, that they all raised their hands for learning on campus.

“We don’t want our kids coming back to Zoom school. We don’t want our kids coming back online with all the disparities,” Newsom said.

He said one of the reasons they are pushing for children to return to class with teachers is community building skills, which students learn through face-to-face teaching that cannot be replaced by line.

“The Zoom school cannot replace the social and emotional learning of being in person,” Newsom said.

California State Assembly Member Eloise Reyes added that schools are focused on addressing growing mental health issues and seeking to prioritize them.

“When we say we want to go back to normal, the normal was not good. We want to go back to something better,” Reyes said.

Newsom said the state was spending billions of dollars on education, not only in infrastructure, but also in resources for mental health. He said the state invests about $ 2 billion in university savings accounts for children, $ 4.3 billion for the behavioral health needs of people aged zero to 25 and $ 3 billion for community schools.

“$ 123.9 billion in public education budget. This is tens of billions of dollars more than any previous budget. This is a transformational budget, ”Newsom said
Newsom also said $ 650 million is to provide free and nutritious breakfast and lunch for children.

The governor continued to stress the importance of following safety guidelines, including recommendations for wearing masks, and encourages all Californians to get vaccinated.

“It’s a proud moment to see these children back to school. See this scene reproduced throughout the state of California, ”Newsom said


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