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California Parents Face Possible Long-term Homeschooling

Gage Skidmore
Governor Gavin Newsom speaking with attendees at the 2019 California Democratic Party State Convention.

California Gov. Gavin Newsom's assessment that it's likely few, if any, California schools will reopen before summer break has surprised parents.

Some question whether distance learning is viable and others are just as concerned about the loss of their children's social activities. Newsom's comment comes as California is preparing to deal with worst-case scenarios that could overwhelm hospitals and drain the state's spending reserves. The governor said Tuesday that he is putting the California National Guard on alert for duties such as ensuring food distribution. He said the state is acquiring two vacant hospitals to beef up capacity as it faces the possibility of a surge of hospital patients.