July 17, 2020

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VIDEO DESCRIPTION: Certified Deaf Interpreter, Rosemary Wanis: A Middle Eastern female with short black and white hair, tan skin, and hazel eyes, wearing a black blouse, sitting in front of a dark blue background, looking at the camera.


WHITE TEXT: Governor Newsom, Press Conference, JULY 17, 2020.

IMAGE DESCRIPTION Photo of Governor Newsom in a blue suit with a blue tie with white text under the photo: Governor Newsom, July 17, 2020

DEAF INTERPRETER: Hello this is Rosemary’s and today, Governor Newsom gave a press conference focusing on the topic of schools. I will be focusing on the key points and share that information with all of you. The topic for today it only on schools.

IMAGE DESCRIPTION: Picture of the inside of an empty classroom with rows of wooden desks with black chairs facing the front with a teacher’s desk and whiteboard behind the desk.

GOVERNOR NEWSOM: Today is about our children going back to school and whether or not they should go back in the fall.  If they go back to school this fall, what that would look like were we cannot cancel school. We have to continue the business of educating our children so when you think about that you have to consider your choices of going to school on campus or staying home and learning through online education.

IMAGE DESCRIPTION: Two pictures split in the middle by a thick red line.  On the left of the red line is a close up of students in a classroom with a green chalkboard on the wall and on the right is a student looking at a teacher on the screen of their laptop while sitting at home.

GOVERNOR NEWSOM: We will have to weigh the pros and cons of each option.   I’ve been thinking about this for a while and have been in many meetings about this issue and the only option is that if your school is safe, then they can open.  If they are not safe then online education is the only option.   On-campus education is an option but if you and your family do not feel comfortable going to campus then that is fine; you can opt-out of that and you can stay at home and participate in your education online.  Keep in mind that the children who are going to learn on-campus that the quality of their education can’t be better than those taking classes online. The quality of education has to be the same whether you learn in the classroom or you learn online. Our children need to get the same quality of education no matter which. Let’s focus on children that do decide to go on campus for their education.

IMAGE DESCRIPTION: Image of two people standing apart looking in opposite directions with a white two-way arrow showing distance between them.

GOVERNOR NEWSOM: They have to sit 6 feet apart they have to stay 6 feet apart at all times and that includes teachers can’t be getting close to your student they have to stay 6 feet apart that applies to all of the workers including teacher and principal stop and do that maintain 6 feet distance at all times.

IMAGE DESCRIPTION: Picture of a little girl with light skin with dark color hair with a pink back bark, wearing a full face shield, smiling look a the camera.  Under the picture white text: K – 2nd Grade.

For students who are in kindergarten first-grade 2nd grade do not have to wear a mask you are encouraged to wear a mask but it’s not required it’s up to you you can buy a fish shield as you see in the picture but that’s your choice

IMAGE DESCRIPTION: Picture of a Black child with pigtails in bows looking at the camera wearing a mask covering her nose and mouth with straps around the ears, she has a pink shirt.

All students grades three and up are required to wear a mask.  Again third grade and up, third through 12th grade, are required to wear a mask and that includes teachers, principals, and all employees of the school are required to wear a mask every time and all of the time that you are on campus.

IMAGE DESCRIPTION: Image of three people in line, all wearing masks, standing 6 feet apart one person in gown and gloves taking their temperature.

For employees who work at school and I’m going to on-campus education they will be checking on a regular basis are required to make sure I do not have any symptoms if they have a fever after coughing if they’re not breathing well then they will be asked to go home and isolate for 14 days. Students will also be checked for symptoms and if they have a fever, coughing, or having difficulty breathing they will be asked to go home and isolate for 14 days. This will be required

IMAGE DESCRIPTION: Picture of two school employees wearing blue shirts and masks with gloves leaning over student desks with chairs around the desks cleaning the tables with spray bottles and cloths inside an empty classroom.

The school facilities will be sanitized and cleaned regularly and thoroughly.

IMAGE DESCRIPTION: Picture of two hands under a sink lathered in soap.

GOVERNOR NEWSOM: When children go to school I have to wash her hands frequently and thoroughly. They will have hand sanitizer available to you again and again as needed to be sure the entire campus is clean.  Now back to online education for those who have children to stay home and get an education online on the squirt have to provide them with the

IMAGE DESCRIPTION: Picture of a student looking at a teacher on the screen of their laptop while sitting at home.

devices that they need to do the work online. Schools have to provide them with Internet access that they need to participate in online education. Students must have regular contact with their teachers and their peers while learning. For children who are learning English or for children that have that are part of special education programs, for example, deaf and hard of hearing students, they also need to have the right accommodations necessary to make sure that the online education is just like they would be taught as if they were having on-campus education

Depending on where you live what city and county your school must pay attention to the local health advisory issued. If the number of coronavirus cases is going up then the schools may be required to close. School districts have to adhere to whatever directives are issued by the local county of public health.

If the local county has shut down all schools then one school district cannot just stay open under their own prerogative. If after local public health tells schools to open again then schools can go ahead and open.  Schools must work closely with the local public health to decide when to open and when to close. Education in the state of California is challenging because some cities and some counties have a very small number of COVID-19 cases so opening their schools is perfectly fine. Some cities and counties have a higher number of COVID-19 cases, so opening those schools are not safe; that is why it is important that we offer options. That option is for on-campus or online education are available but we cannot just stop educating our children – we have to continue to teach them. Families have to decide what is best if you want to go on campus or stay online.  Again, the two options must be equal in quality to give our students the best education possible.

WHITE TEXT: If 5% of students get COVID-19, the school will close.

GOVERNOR NEWSOM: If a school has 5% of students with COVID-19 positive cases then that school must close.

WHITE TEXT: If 25% of students get COVID-19, all the schools in the district will close.

GOVERNOR NEWSOM:  If a school has 25% of students with COVID-19 positive cases or ¼ of the school, then the entire district must close.  If your county is one of the 30 counties on the state monitoring list then those 30 counties can NOT open their schools, must only provide online education.  If your county is not on the 30 counties monitoring list then they can offer both online and on-campus education.

Look at www.covid19.ca.gov to see if your county is on the monitoring list or not.


Disclaimer: This transcript is a back-translation of the Latent Interpretation and is not intended to be a verbatim reproduction of the original message.  For questions, comments, and feedback, please email latentimedia@gmail.com

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