O’Donnell Seeks to Reopen Schools

Wednesday, December 9, 2020

Assembly Bill 10 Will Ensure In-Person Instruction

(SACRAMENTO) – Assemblymember Patrick O’Donnell (D – Long Beach) has jointly authored Assembly Bill 10 to ensure that public schools reopen and provide in-person instruction for students after the latest pandemic surge.  

“Schools should be ready to open as soon as the recent surge recedes,” said Assemblymember O’Donnell, Chair of the Assembly Education Committee. “Distance learning is ineffective for many students. We must bring students back into the classroom with safety measures in place as soon as possible to prevent further learning loss. We must also ensure that there are options for vulnerable students and school staff.”

The bill is part of a larger legislative effort to ensure quality education for all students and provide ongoing support for schools during the COVID-19 pandemic. Under AB 10, school districts must adopt a plan for in-person instruction to be provided when public health orders allow schools to open.

A recent study by the Journal of the American Medical Association found that learning loss experienced by children in 2020 could result in 5.53 million cumulative fewer years of life for elementary school students. While some private schools and school districts have reopened, most public schools have remained closed, disproportionately impacting low-income students and exacerbating the achievement gap.  

AB 10 is pending referral to its first policy committee.