September 24 2021 03:30 pm

Parents, district officials react to state’s school reopening plan

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SACRAMENTO, Calif. (KTXL) – Governor Gavin Newsom and the California Legislature are offering billions of dollars in funding to school districts across the state as an incentive to get students back inside the classroom by the end of the month.

Many parents said they’ve been ready for their children to go back to school.

“They are depressed. They have gained weight. They are missing out on their childhood,” said local realtor and mother Veronica Sukkary. “For kids their age, a year is like eternity.” 

For every day districts go past April 1, they run the risk of losing 1% of their portion of the $2 billion.

A number of districts say they are up to the task of meeting that deadline, including Vacaville, Sacramento City and Elk Grove unified school districts.

While some districts said they’re appreciative of the effort to get students back on campus, San Juan Unified School District plans to stay the course.

“We are focused on our efforts, as we have been, to return students safely to classrooms, and we’re going to continue down that path,” said San Juan Unified School District spokesman Trent Allen.

Allen said they’ve agreed with their unions that they will return once Sacramento County is back in the red tier. 

Sukkary blames the governor for shutting schools down in the first place and said he shouldn’t penalize districts that are only after the safety of students and staff. 

“This is very political. And I will give him the blame for a lot of depression in children,” she said. “Our children doing things that they normally have not done. And so yes. There’s a lot of resentment there because I believe this is political.”

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