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Scott Steepleton, Editor
11:56 am PST March 2, 2021

Amid a recall effort sparked in part by the prolonged closure of California’s schools, Gov. Gavin Newsom over the weekend struck a deal with lawmakers to offer $6.6 billion in state reopening funding incentives for schools that, by April 1, open for at least transitional kindergarten through second grade and all high-needs students.

Missing the deadline could cost a district 1 percent of its funding per day.

Schools in Malibu are set to reopen for grades TK-5 starting the week of March 15 under the Distance Learning Plus model, said Gail Pinsker, community and public relations officer for the Santa Monica-Malibu Unified School District.

“So, we’re good and qualify for the funding,” she said.

Of the total funds available, $2 billion is for school safety measures, including COVID-19 testing or upgrading ventilation systems. The rest is to address “learning loss” and other effects of the pandemic on students.

In the SMMUSD, principals are working on their specific plans.

A two-week spring break is et to start March 27, with plans to ramp up upon the return from the break on April 12, said Pinsker.

More on that will be sent to parents before the break.