AUCKLAND, Calif. – One of California Gov. Gavin Newsum’s children is in quarantine after a schoolmate tested positive for Covid-19, the governor’s office confirmed to POLITICO late Friday.
Newsom’s child was exposed at his private school and was in a 14-day quarantine, Communications Director Nathan Click said in an email. POLITICO does not name the school or child for reasons of confidentiality.
This marked a new rough turn for the Newsum family in a week, when the governor sharply criticized the presence of a dinner of 12 people in the French laundry for a lobbyist friend from Sacramento. The exposure of schools is likely to attract the attention of teachers’ unions, who have called on the governor to close all campuses due to an increase in coronavirus cases.
“The family has taken the potential exposure seriously and is following all government protocols,” Click said. “After being warned by the school that a classmate tested positive for COVID-19, Newsom’s potentially exposed child began a 14-day quarantine from the date of exposure in accordance with state public health guidelines for schools.”
Newsom received a quick test this week, which was negative, and will receive a nasal swab test this weekend, according to Click. All four of Newsom’s children were tested negative, as was Jennifer Sibel’s first partner, Newsom.
“The Newsom child was tested twice [5 days and 7 days past their last contact with the COVID-19 positive student], “Said Click.” In addition, each of Newsom’s children was also tested on day 5. “
Klik said the governor, his wife and their three other children are not required to be quarantined under state health guidelines, which require quarantine only on a person directly exposed to an infected person.
Newsom said late last month that his four children, ages 4 to 11, had returned to personal training at their private school in Sacramento under a “step-by-step approach.” This month, the school expanded to five days a week.
The governor caused the fire because most of California’s 6 million public students stay home to study remotely, as 20 of the 25 largest districts have chosen to keep campuses closed, including the huge Los Angeles United School District. Education Assembly Speaker Patrick O’Donnell (D-Long Beach) called the situation “state-sanctioned segregation” this month, as wealthier suburban families returned to class, while urban public schools serving lower-income residents they largely stayed at home. Many students have struggled with distance learning, based on early scorecards showing an increase in failure.
With the rise of Covid-19 at an unprecedented rate and daily case registration, Newsom moved 41 counties – with 94% of the state’s population – into the most restrictive purple coronavirus layer this week. This makes it much more difficult for schools that have never opened to bring students back, and inspires the reopening of negotiations for areas considering opening reservations. School districts and private schools that are already open – including Newsoms – can still remain open in the purple layer under governor’s rules.
Click said Newsom “made the safety of students and staff a priority during the COVID-19 pandemic and fought to ensure that every child – whether in the classroom or at home -” learns. In a November 6 letter to California mayors, Newsom noted that its most recent state budget “stabilizes school funding and includes a one-time investment of more than $ 5.3 billion for local public schools to support education and overcome barriers associated with COVID-19. “
But O’Donnell and other leaders say Newsom needs to do more. The state is projected to have “unexpected amounts” of $ 26 billion over the next 18 months, according to the Office of the Legislative Analyst, and Democratic Legislative Leaders said some of that money should be spent on school safety.
The private school in Sacramento, which Newsoms attends, will move to distance learning after Thanksgiving breaks in the second week of December, in part because of higher risks associated with holiday activities next week, according to an email received from POLITICO. To return students after that, they must receive a negative Covid-19 test, and the school offers testing to all students and staff.
The country’s largest teachers’ unions and school districts have called for comparable safeguards before agreeing to reopen schools.
The family’s Newsom exhibition came the same week when the governor made international headlines – and met with fading criticism – for attending lobbyist Jason Keaney’s birthday dinner at the exclusive French laundry restaurant in Napa County. The dinner has become fodder for cable hosts and editorials that question the political hypocrisy of the governor, who has repeatedly called on Californians to avoid Thanksgiving travel, severely restrict communication and avoid indoor dining to slow the spread of the vortex.
Photos from the dinner, taken by Fox LA, show the governor and Siebel Newsom sitting unmasked next to two senior California Medical Association officials, CEO Dustin Corcoran and top lobbyist Janus Norman.
Although initially charged as an outdoor event, the photos show Kinney’s 50th birthday dinners in a room with three sides closed, as well as questions about how Newsom defines outdoor dining in a pandemic – a definition that becomes even more important as most of the state has been forced to close all indoor restaurant operations.
On Thursday, he ordered a curfew from 22:00 to 05:00, starting on Saturday in 41 districts at purple level. Residents should avoid going outside unless they are carrying out basic activities. The curfew will last until 5 am on December 21, for more than a month. Newsom said it aims to control the increased prevalence that occurs during activities fueled by scattering and night entertainment, and warned of “social activities and gatherings that are more likely to lead to reduced inhibition. “.