Source: The Sacramento Bee

Children all over the greater Sacramento region — from Davis to Lake Tahoe — packed up their book bags Friday afternoon, waited for the last bell to ring and went home for a few weeks.

Except this is no vacation, or break from school.

School districts across California, the state, and the world closed for several weeks — some for the rest of the school year — as an attempt to prevent the spread of coronavirus.

“This is an uncertain time in our state. We are grateful to California leaders for taking important steps to prepare and protect the public against coronavirus,” said Elisha Smith Arrillaga, executive director of The Education Trust–West […] These closures will have a wide-ranging and unknown impact on students, families, and educators. To mitigate negative effects, it’s critical that schools do everything in their power to ensure that closures do not exacerbate educational inequities.”