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Williams Case COVID-19 FAQs

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) and responses regarding the Williams Case and COVID-19.

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Materials and Curriculum

Texts

1. If the adopted instructional materials do not work well for remote learning, can the school district supplement with instructional materials that have not been adopted by the State Board?

Yes, per Education Code (EC) Section 60210 as long as the instructional materials are still aligned with the content standards.

2. Do school districts need to provide all students with hard copies of adopted texts?

Instructional materials should be aligned to the content standards and be consistent with the content and cycles of the curriculum framework. Instructional materials, as defined in EC Section 60010(h), may be printed or non-printed, and include textbooks, technology-based materials, other educational materials, and tests.

3. Can school districts temporarily freeze textbook adoptions?

School districts are still required to ensure that their textbooks are aligned to the current academic content standards and consistent with the content and cycles of the curriculum frameworks.

4. Can a school district approve a new curriculum but not purchase textbooks?

Students must have access to instructional materials that are aligned to academic content standards and consistent with the content and cycles of the curriculum frameworks. If the school district is not purchasing textbooks, other instructional materials must be provided. The definition of instructional materials is in EC Section 60010(h).

Technology

5. Does hardware need to be provided to every student to remain in compliance?

No. All students must have access to instructional materials, whether digital or hard copy, in order to remain in compliance. Technology-based materials must also meet the definition of sufficient instructional materials. Please refer to the Instructional Materials FAQs, question 34.

6. Do software programs need to be provided to every student to remain in compliance?

Please see answer to question #5.

7. Does WiFi or hotspots need to be provided to every student to remain in compliance?

Please see answer to question #5.

8. If families choose not to take the assigned Chromebook, would this be a Williams Act finding if hardware becomes the norm for compliance?

No, but the student must still have access to sufficient instructional materials.

Curriculum

9. Can a school district continue piloting curriculum for another year before adoption?

Please refer to the Instructional Materials FAQs, question 21.

10. Can a school district wait to adopt new curriculum due to budget restrictions?

The current textbook adoptions must be aligned to academic content standards and consistent with the content and cycles of the curriculum frameworks.

Oversight and Facilities

Monitoring

11. What will site visits look like if schools remain closed?

Please refer to the CDE Guidebook for Safe Reopening of California’s Public Schools for guidance on outside visitors.

12. What if the visiting team members are at-risk?

Schools should take necessary precautions aligned with the Center for Disease Control (CDC) guidance. Please refer to the CDE Guidebook for Safe Reopening of California’s Public Schools for guidance on outside visitors.

13. Can monitoring occur without site visits? Such as gathering information remotely?

Pursuant to EC Section 1240(i)(3)(B), review of instructional materials may use written surveys as a means of gathering information if the County Office of Education (COE) has 200 or more schools that they are responsible for monitoring.

14. Can physical site inspections be suspended for the 2020-21 school year?

County Offices of Education (COEs) must conduct visits at least annually pursuant to EC Section 1240(c)(2)(H).

15. Can COEs inspect when student presence is not required?

Yes.

Facilities

16. What will facilities inspections look like if schools remain closed?

Inspections should comply with CDC guidance External link opens in new window or tab. and CDE Guidebook for Safe Reopening of California’s Public Schools.

17. Can facilities inspections be done by on-site maintenance staff?

Inspections must be completed by the COE.

18. Should COEs review facilities to comply with COVID-19 requirements, such as disinfecting and social distancing?

It is recommended, but not a statutory requirement. Please refer to the CDE Guidebook for Safe Reopening of California’s Public Schools.

Questions:   Government Affairs Division | GAD@cde.ca.gov | 916-319-0821
Last Reviewed: Monday, July 06, 2020
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