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    Van Nuys, Calif. – This week, Governor Newsom laid out a realistic plan to reopen California’s public schools for in-person instruction, with the State announcing 37 counties are now below the threshold for reopening K-6 schools. VICA joined the California Business Roundtable and a coalition of business groups calling for the safe reopening of our schools to underscore support for the Governor’s proposal to get schools to safely reopen for in-person instruction as soon as possible. 

    VICA President Stuart Waldman said: 


    “Remote learning has affected businesses tremendously during the COVID-19 crisis, as parents have been forced to take time from work to provide childcare and tutoring to students struggling with online work. Getting kids back to school is imperative to moving California’s businesses forward.” 


    “Distance learning is just not the same as classroom instruction. The teachers and schools are doing their best, but students are falling behind, and this crisis could have a lifelong impact on their achievements, academic careers, and professional advancement. These school closures will have long lasting repercussions for our children and their futures, and we cannot ignore that.” 


    “Our businesses are struggling under the weight of ever changing COVID-19 requirements and parents distracted during their online workdays. Getting our kids back to school will help rebuild our economy.” 


    “The CDC has already said schools can reopen safely as long as basic precautions are followed. This guidance is no different than the guidance on masks or social distancing  let’s follow it. It is a no brainer to get kids back into schools.”  


    “The CDC, the President, the Governor, pediatricians and State health officials already agree that schools need to be reopened. Why hasn’t it happened yet? 


    “Our biggest concern with school closures has always been students’ academic and personal well-being, but the business and economic effects have been a close second. We are at a point where we can get the best of both worlds. Let’s do it – now.” 


    We must get students back in the classroom, and we must get them on track for success. Our kids deserve better. California’s future deserves better.” 


    The mission of the Valley Industry & Commerce Association (VICA) is to enhance the economic vitality of the greater San Fernando Valley region by advocating for a better business climate and quality of life. Visit www.vica.com for more information. 

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