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Coronavirus Response and School Reopening Guidance

Information and resources regarding CDE's COVID-19 response efforts, including the guidance document for safely reopening schools for the 20-21 school year.

The California Department of Education (CDE) is monitoring the 2019 Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) situation and working closely with agency partners. Local educational agencies (LEAs) are encouraged to follow California Department of Public Health recommendations. LEAs should identify plans for communicating with families and consider learning supports for school closures.


New Safe Schools for All Hub Offers Updated Health Guidance

The State has formally launched a new Safe Schools for All Hub External link opens in new window or tab., a one-stop shop for state guidance and resources on safely resuming in-person instruction.

The Hub provides the most updated guidance for all schools to follow, directives for reporting data, and links to for additional resources, including how to implement school-centered testing.

School administrators can request technical assistance External link opens in new window or tab. for developing and implementing safety plans from the State Safe Schools Team and school staff and parents can report school-specific safety concerns and feedback External link opens in new window or tab. to the State Safe Schools Team.

This Hub will continuously be updated with additional guidance, resources and information.


California Department of Education (CDE)

From Tony Thurmond, SSPI (Updated 25-Feb-2021)
One place for news releases and correspondence from Tony Thurmond, State Superintendent of Public Instruction (SSPI), regarding COVID-19.

Stronger Together Guidebook Coverpage

 

 

Stronger Together: A Guidebook for the Safe Reopening of California's Public Schools

 

 

 

Coronavirus (COVID-19) Webinars (Updated 18-Nov-2020)

Additional CDE Coronavirus (COVID-19) Resources (Updated 24-Jul-2020)

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California Department of Public Health (CDPH)

Public health experts have issued guidance on safe returns to in-person instruction since May 2020, and have updated and expanded since then. Learn more about key prevention and mitigation measures External link opens in new window or tab..

Additional information related to schools can also be found here:

Guidance for Small Cohorts/Groups of Children and Youth (August 25, 2020) External link opens in new window or tab. (Added 26-Aug-2020)
Guidance for necessary in-person child supervision and limited instruction, targeted support services, and facilitation of distance learning in small group environments for a specified subset of children and youth, and for those programs to understand the required health and safety practices needed to prevent the spread of COVID-19 in their settings.

Outdoor and Indoor Youth and Recreational Adult Sports External link opens in new window or tab.
Guidance for youth in grades K-12 in school, community-sponsored recreational, club sports, organized youth sports, and adults playing recreational sports.

COVID-19 Update Guidance: Child Care Programs and Providers (July 17, 2020) External link opens in new window or tab. (PDF; Added 21-Jul-2020)

California Office of Governor Gavin Newsom

Executive Order N-73-20: Bridging the Digital Divide by Mobilizing Across State Government External link opens in new window or tab. (Dated 14-Aug-2020)

Executive Order N-66-20: Temporarily Suspending Examination Requirements for Teacher Candidates Impacted by COVID-19 External link opens in new window or tab. (Dated 29-May-2020)

Executive Order N-56-20: Empowering Schools to Focus on COVID-19 Response and Transparency External link opens in new window or tab. (Dated 23-Apr-2020)

Governor Newsom Announces Cross-Sector Partnerships to Support Distance Learning and Bridge the Digital Divide External link opens in new window or tab. (Dated 20-Apr-2020)

Executive Order N-47-20: Expand Support for Vulnerable Populations External link opens in new window or tab. (Dated 07-Apr-2020)

Executive Order N-45-20: Provide Expanded Access to Child Care for Essential Workers During COVID-19 Response External link opens in new window or tab. (Dated 04-Apr-2020)

Executive Order N-30-20: Suspend Standardized Testing for Students in Response to COVID-19 Outbreak External link opens in new window or tab. (Dated 18-Mar-2020)

Executive Order N-26-20: Ensuring State Funding for Schools Even in Event of Physical Closure External link opens in new window or tab. (Dated 13-Mar-2020)

Governor Newsom Declares State of Emergency to Help State Prepare for Broader Spread of COVID-19 External link opens in new window or tab. (Dated 04-Mar-2020)

Joint K-12 and Higher Education California Agencies

Information on College Admissions, Grading, and Graduation Requirements (Added 01-Apr-2020)

Questions:   California Department of Education | COVID19@cde.ca.gov
Last Reviewed: Thursday, February 25, 2021
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