The Democrat governor made this announcement as most schools in California — including nearly all public schools in Sacramento County, where the governor lives — remain closed due to the state's Wuhan coronavirus (COVID-19) lockdown regulations.
Newsom's four children, who are between four and 11 years old, attend a private school with a hybrid schedule that alternates them between remote and in-person learning. It will be transitioning to full-time in-person instruction in November.
"They're phasing back into school and we are phasing out of our very challenging distance learning that we've been doing, so many parents are doing up and down the state," said Newsom when he was asked about how his children are being educated. The governor was speaking at the opening of a $25 million laboratory that he claims will increase the state's capacity to test for COVID-19.
Under Newsom's phased reopening system, private schools in Sacramento County are allowed to reopen. However, most public school districts are still not reopening, such as San Juan Unified School District, which serves Newsom's neighborhood. It currently has a plan to reopen elementary in-person instruction in January.
School districts have to jump through hoops to reopen
Newsom said that he believes the best place for children to get social-emotional learning is through in-person instruction. This is why he stated that, as the governor, he would do everything in his power "to provide support to our districts so they can safely reopen." Despite stating this, Newsom has placed a lot of obstacles ahead of public school districts that prevent them from reopening. (Related: BREAKING: California judge slaps down Gov. Newsom's unconstitutional COVID lockdowns and mandates, issues INJUNCTION against further Newsom tyranny.)