London Breed, others urge S.F. education leaders to reopen public schools

San Francisco families, mayor and state elected officials formed a united front Thursday in urging school and labor leaders to listen to the health experts, come to an agreement and reopen schools as soon as possible.

At a press conference sponsored by the parent group, Decreasing the Distance, a tearful Mayor London Breed, standing before children hold signs saying “I miss my friends,” urged the adults to end division and finger-pointing to get schools open.

“It just really breaks my heart to be here to see these kids and these families to know what they’ve been going through,” Breed said. “Kids are struggling in our city and we all know it.”

The city’s schools have been closed since mid-March, even though 15,000 private school students in San Francisco are back in classrooms.

The press conference came a day after City Attorney Dennis Herrera filed a lawsuit against the school district and school board, claiming they failed to create a specific and concise state-required plan to reopen.

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