Virus surge threatens Santa Rosa’s school return plan

18 November 2020

The return-to-school plan crafted by Sonoma County’s largest school district has run straight into the teeth of the fastest increase in coronavirus cases yet experienced in California — a surge Gov. Gavin Newsom on Monday said threatens to overwhelm health care systems and could lead to “catastrophic outcomes.”

Santa Rosa City Schools, which was on the brink of advancing a return-to-school plan that would bring thousands of its youngest students back to classrooms as soon as late January, has been plunged back into the unknown as California braces for another wave of the virus.

The uncertainty is taking an increasing toll on students, families, teachers and school staff, members of the district’s Board of Trustees said Monday.

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