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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.

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 parents can also visit the Safe Schools Parent Page External link opens in new window or tab. for updates about the safe reopening of schools.

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


California Department of Education (CDE)

From Tony Thurmond, SSPI (Updated 11-Oct-2021)
One place for COVID-19 news releases and correspondence from Tony Thurmond, State Superintendent of Public Instruction (SSPI).

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Other Key Resources

Stronger Together Guidebook Coverpage

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

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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. CDPH will not release updates to the 2021-22 school year’s K-12 School Guidance until the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) updates their guidance. This will allow coordination between guidance documents. 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:

Outdoor and Indoor Youth and Recreational Adult Sports

Individuals should continue to wear a mask indoors in public settings. For more information, see CDPH’s updated Face Covering Guidance External link opens in new window or tab. and its associated Face Mask Q&A External link opens in new window or tab.. Additional Youth Sports guidance may be provided, pending operational guidance from the CDC.

Child Care Programs and Providers

COVID-19 Update Guidance: Child Care Programs and Providers (June 29, 2021) External link opens in new window or tab.

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.

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

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

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

Executive Order N-47-20: Expand Support for Vulnerable Populations External link opens in new window or tab.

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.

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

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

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

Joint K-12 and Higher Education California Agencies

Information on College Admissions, Grading, and Graduation Requirements

Questions:   California Department of Education | COVID19@cde.ca.gov
Last Reviewed: Tuesday, October 12, 2021
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