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Roundtable: The Uncertain Summer For San Diego Schools

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Local schools prepare for a mix of in-person and distance learning for the upcoming academic year, the San Diego Padres navigate COVID-19 as Major League Baseball tries to salvage a ... Read more →

Aired: July 10, 2020 | Transcript

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The San Diego Unified School District provides computers to students for distance learning during a distribution event in Clairemont on April 21, 2020.

Roundtable: The Uncertain Summer For San Diego Schools

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Annie Heilbrunn, sports multimedia journalist, The San Diego Union-Tribune

David Hernandez, crime and public safety reporter, The San Diego Union-Tribune

Joe Hong, education reporter, KPBS News

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The Struggle to Reopen Schools

Uncertainty remains over how San Diego Unified and other local school districts will serve students in the fall. It’s a pressing issue for the larger economic recovery as parents seek clarity on whether or not they will need to be at home to care for their kids. Also, President Trump is demanding K-12 public schools return to normal this fall or risk losing federal funding. And, ICE is warning international college students that they might be deported if their school doesn’t provide in-person instruction.

RELATED: San Diego Universities ‘Surprised’ By New Trump Policy On Student Visas

Game On Amid COVID-19

In recent days, the San Diego Padres began training at Petco Park and the University of San Diego in advance of a planned 60-game MLB season. Opening night is scheduled for later this month. The team will have to navigate a host of COVID-19 safety protocols. Already, two players have tested positive for the virus. MLB is one of several major leagues hoping to come back from hiatus in the weeks ahead.

RELATED: Padres Outfielder Tests Positive for Coronavirus

The Thin Blue Line

San Diego will ask its voters to make changes to its police oversight policy this November in the latest move to address the unrest over police accountability and use of force. Recently, Union-Tribune reporter David Hernandez dove into the debate surrounding ‘The Thin Blue Line’ and its role in police culture. Where some see it as a professional form of camaraderie, others see it as a representation of law enforcement’s code of silence that has been co-opted by right wing activists.

RELATED: San Diego City Approves Ballot Measure to Establish Commission On Police Practices

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