Coronavirus Response and School Reopening GuidanceInformation 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 , 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 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 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 4-June-2021)
One place for COVID-19 news releases and correspondence from Tony Thurmond, State Superintendent of Public Instruction (SSPI).
Other Key Resources
- Learning Continuity and Attendance Plan
- COVID-19 Accountability FAQs
- Changes to the Local Control and Accountability Plan Process and Timelines (PDF)
Child Care and Student Supervision
Early Learning and Care
- Guidance Letter: 2020–21 Requirements for Collecting Free and Reduced-Price Meal Eligibility Data Used to Determine Supplemental and Concentration Grant Funding
- CARES Act Funding
- Coronavirus (COVID-19) Federal Funding Flexibility
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 .
Additional information related to schools can also be found here:
Guidance for Small Cohorts/Groups of Children and Youth (August 25, 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
Guidance for youth in grades K-12 in school, community-sponsored recreational, club sports, organized youth sports, and adults playing recreational sports.