SF lawmakers say school districts need to get students back in classrooms

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State legislators have sent letters to five local school districts, urging them to plan now to reopen their schools in January.

Assembly members Phil Ting and David Chiu, and State Senator Scott Wiener have written to school officials in San Francisco and San Mateo counties outlining their belief that kids are falling too far behind. They said local districts need to accelerate getting students back on campus for in person education, in whatever form is feasible, even if the counties remain in the most restrictive purple tier.

"There is a roadmap for districts to open up regardless of what color you are," Ting said. "There is a way to safely open up. There is a way to do it. That’s what we’re encouraging all the districts to do is to take a look at that roadmap. We’re happy to work with them on it to achieve ways to open up."

Ting told KCBS Radio the state legislature is ready to provide whatever districts need to at least resume limited, hybrid model classes.

The letters were sent to the San Francisco Unified, Jefferson Union, Jefferson Elementary and Bayshore Elementary districts, plus the San Mateo County Office of Education. Ting said of course accommodation should be made to protect the health and safety of teachers, staff and students, but the lawmakers would like to see a plan to resume in person in January.

"We really need to open," he added.

Some local districts are formulating plans to let some kids return to school in late January, but the three men who represent San Francisco in the state legislature say it’s not enough.