San Francisco City Attorney Dennis Herrera wrote a letter to the teachers’ union representing San Francisco Unified School District educators Thursday, warning them the recent agreement that they struck to reopen schools did not align with California law.
The tentative agreement, struck between the teachers’ union and district officials, would allow public schools to reopen if vaccines had been made available to staff and the county had reached the “red tier” under the state’s COVID-19 risk designations, of which there are four tiers, with red the second-most severe. Currently, only 0.2% of Californians live in a red-tier, and 99.8% live in a “purple tier,” the most severe risk-level designation.
“Be advised that any reopening plan that fails to offer in-person instruction ‘to the greatest extent possible would be unlawful,’” wrote Herrera in the letter, reports the San Francisco Chronicle. “In short, it is ‘possible’ to offer significant amounts of in-person instruction now to elementary students and vulnerable students in