(THE HILL) – In the battle to reopen U.S. schools for the upcoming academic year, a Southern California school district is suing Gov. Gavin Newsom (D) to reopen in-person classes this fall despite the area being on a hotspot watch list.
The Orange County Board of Education decided Tuesday to sue Newsom over his order that any county on the state coronavirus watch list — which includes Orange County — cannot resume in-person classes, according to The Voice of Orange County. The board's decision was an unanimous 4-0 vote.
"Many families will suffer greatly and experience many unknown, unintended consequences if schools remain closed. We believe students and their families must have the option for in-person learning," said school board President Ken Williams, Jr. "We have made the decision to put the needs of our students first."
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Newsom banned the reopening of schools in counties that are on a state watchlist for especially high coronavirus transmission. This includes most of Southern California, including Los Angeles, Orange, Riverside, San Bernardino and Ventura counties, CBS reports.