Senator Patricia Bates (R-Laguna Niguel) issued the following statement after Governor Gavin Newsom delivered his “State of the State” speech:
“The speech appropriately recognized those who have lost their lives and the hard work of our health care professionals and frontline workers during the pandemic. COVID-19 has shown the resolve of Californians during these challenging times.
“Last week, with great fanfare, the Governor signed legislation that encourages schools to reopen. Many portrayed that legislation as a measure that would get our kids back to school. Sadly, most schools remain closed and many are unlikely to re-open for classroom instruction this school year.
“The celebratory press conference on the schools bill has not been matched with actions to actually get our kids back to school. In fact, the state this week denied the San Dieguito Union High and Carlsbad Unified School Districts in my region the chance to reopen their middle and high schools for in-person instruction, even though the districts’ applications to re-open had received the county public health officer’s approval.
“The Governor and his Administration must listen to pediatricians and parents who want our schools to safely reopen now.”