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San Bernardino school system plans to stay online for the entire year. Will other districts follow?

LA Times |

The San Bernardino school system will not reopen its campuses for the remainder of the school year, a response to the surging coronavirus crisis and a move that may make it the first in the state to make the difficult decision to keep students online in kindergarten through 12th grade.

The state’s eighth-largest school district, with about 47,000 students, may be the first, but others could follow as districts throughout California — including Los Angeles Unified — have yet to make decisions on whether or when they will fully reopen for in-person classes.

Data from the San Bernardino County Health Department indicate that the coronavirus infection rate within the school district’s boundaries is among the highest in the county. The total population within the school system is about 267,000, and there have been more than 11,000 recorded infections. Among the age group of 5 to 19, there have been 1,393 cases reported to date.