Assemblymember O’Donnell Statement on Reopening Schools Agreement

For immediate release:

Chair of Assembly Education Committee Supports Plan to Reopen Schools

(SACRAMENTO) - Assemblymember Patrick O’Donnell (D – Long Beach) issued the following statement in support of the reopening schools plan, AB 86/SB 86:

“Returning our students and teachers safely to the classroom is a top priority,” said Assemblymember O’Donnell, Chair of the Assembly Education Committee. “This agreement is a good start toward reopening the rest of our schools for in-person instruction. Our students cannot wait.”

“It is of utmost importance to provide funding to address learning loss. By providing in-person learning recovery services for our students, we can help get them back on track. While the Governor’s decision to set aside more vaccines for teachers is a step in the right direction, I will continue to advocate for more vaccinations for teachers and other school staff. I look forward to continue working with the Governor and school districts as we work to bring back students, teachers and staff safely.”

Today, the Governor and the Legislature announced an agreement to reopen schools for students in transitional kindergarten (TK) through second grade by April 1, even if counties remain in the purple tier, and TK-6th grade and one middle or high school grade level once counties move into the red tier. The plan provides $2 billion for schools to cover the costs of providing in-person instruction and $4.6 billion to help students with learning recovery.

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Assemblymember Patrick O’Donnell represents the 70th Assembly District, which includes Long Beach, Signal Hill, San Pedro and Catalina Island.