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Weekly COVID-19 Update: Friday, June 26, 2020

From: Office of the State Superintendent of Public Instruction

Date: June 26, 2020

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Announcements & News Releases

Superintendent Thurmond and Digital Divide Task Force Receive Update on Efforts to Expand Internet Access for All (June 22, 2020)

Superintendent Thurmond Announces 21st Century California School Leadership Academy Grant Winners (June 22, 2020)

Superintendent Thurmond Outlines Efforts to Examine Impact of Police in Schools, Launch Ethnic Studies Webinars (June 24, 2020)

Superintendent Thurmond Announces 2020 Model School Attendance Review Board Winners (June 24, 2020)

Safely Making California is an initiative of the California Manufacturers & Technology Association to connect California industries to the manufacturers that make personal protective equipment (PPE) or gear. The Safety Making California website ( includes a searchable database of manufacturers for face masks, gloves, face shields, sanitizers, and other items.

Listos California collaborated with the State Council on Developmental Disabilities and the California Department of Developmental Services to develop COVID-19 preparedness information for Californians with intellectual and developmental disabilities (IDD), their families, and the caregivers who help navigate the pandemic.

The materials are available to download via the links below:

These resources are also available at, and they will soon be available in Spanish, Chinese, Filipino, Vietnamese, and Korean.

Federal Updates

U.S. Department of Education

On June 30, 2020 at 11 a.m. PT, the Office of Safe and Supportive Schools (OSSS) and the Readiness and Emergency Management for Schools (REMS) Technical Assistance (TA) Center will host a webinar in collaboration with the National Center for Homeless Education and SchoolHouse Connection on the topic of supports for students and families experiencing homelessness during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Register at:

Program Updates

Educator Excellence and Equity Division

The Educator Excellence and Equity Division has updated its Resources to Support Civic Engagement web page (, which supports educators, students, families, school leaders, and community members as they work to become more civically engaged. Taking into account educational shifts related to COVID-19, the updated page features resources that support civic engagement in a variety of learning environments, including through distance learning. The updated web page also includes vetted resources related to civic engagement and learning, as well as a tabbed layout that will help users better navigate the site. Local educational agencies will be able to use the updated page to support students working to earn the State Seal of Civic Engagement ( The CDE anticipates that the State Board of Education will adopt criteria for the seal on or before January 31, 2021.

English Learner Support Division

The English Learner Support Division (ELSD) is publishing two newsletters during the COVID-19 school closure: The Distance Learning Parent Newsletter and the English Learner (EL) Updates Newsletter. These formerly weekly newsletters are published monthly starting with the June 2020 issues. The June Distance Learning Parent Newsletter focuses on summer learning and music, art, and physical education resources. The June EL Updates Newsletter provides updates on distance and hybrid learning guidance and resources, school means, assessment, funding, accountability, migrant education, social justice and anti-bias resources, and webinars. All previous issues of the newsletters are available now on the CDE EL Updates Newsletters web page linked below.

ELSD newsletters:

Nutrition Services Division

This week’s COVID-19 School and Child and Adult Day Care Meals Guidance update includes additional resources to support your operation during the COVID-19.

What’s New:

  • The Policy Overview section was updated to include USDA policy memorandums on several waiver extensions and a new waiver on offer versus serve for senior high students. These waivers were extended throughout the 2020–21 school year.
  • Added new section on Schools Transition to School Year 2020–21.
  • The Pandemic Electronic Benefit Transfer was updated to include the online application deadline to apply for P-EBT benefits was extended to July 15, 2020.

Webinars - Upcoming

Recap of This Week’s Webinars:

Tools for Teachers Webinar (Monday, June 22, 2020, at 3 p.m.)

All California educators were invited to a CDE-hosted webinar to view a demonstration of the Tools for Teachers website.

A preview of the new Tools for Teachers website at is available to all California local educational agency (LEA) staff! As the new formative assessment component of the Smarter Balanced assessment system, replacing the Digital Library, Tools for Teachers features a collection of instructional and professional learning resources that support K–12 teachers in their use of the formative assessment process during daily instruction to adjust teaching to improve student learning.

Supporting Secondary English Learners in the Science Classroom (Monday, June 22, 2020, at 4 p.m.)

This webinar was presented by the CTA, with the Region 15 Comprehensive Center Network and the CDE. Oral language development and disciplinary discourse are indispensable for the development of knowledge and growth in language proficiency. Drawing upon recent recommendations regarding evidence-based instructional practices, science teachers learned about ideas and activities for developing English learner’s oral language by interacting with peers and engaging in the learning and doing of science and engineering.

These topics were addressed in this session:

  • Introduction to oral language development and its importance for English Learners
  • Asking questions and defining problems
  • Analyzing and interpreting data, and
  • Engaging in argument from evidence

Learning with Our Global Colleagues: Re-Engaging School Communities (Tuesday, June 23, 2020, from 3:30-5 p.m.)

Following the cancellation of in-person classes in March to contain the spread of COVID-19 and the trauma experienced by communities as a result of violence against people of color, California educators are seeking ways to cultivate compassion and appreciate systems that influence people’s feelings, thoughts, and actions. Mignon Weckert from Australia and David Derosa from British Columbia shared their experiences and strategies to support the reopening of their school communities. Participants heard from their global colleagues to understand how they have worked to strengthen emotional connections through empathy and compassion as educators plan to re-enter school and re-engage your school community this summer and fall. This webinar was presented by the California Collaborative for Educational Excellence through the work of California’s System of Support and featured CDE leaders on the panel discussion.

Facilitating Secondary ELA English Learners’ Oral Language Development While Engaging in Distance Learning (Wednesday, June 24, 2020, at 4 p.m.)

This webinar was presented by the CTA, with the Region 15 Comprehensive Center Network and the CDE. Based on the premise that learning takes place through social interaction, participants of this webinar considered the difficulties that distance learning presents for English learners and received tangible tools and processes for supporting oral interactions and language development of secondary English language arts students in distance learning environments that promote literacy development.

These topics were addressed in this session:

  • Introduction to oral language development and its importance for English learners
  • Modeling of three ways to scaffold and support English learners’ oral language development in distance learning

Universal Design for Learning in Distance Learning for Early Childhood (Thursday, June 25, 2020, at 10 a.m.)

Hosted by the Curriculum Frameworks and Instructional Resources Division in collaboration with the Early Learning and Care Division and the California Universal Design for Learning (UDL) Coalition, this webinar provided information on UDL and its application to distance learning for early childhood education.

Kelly Wylie and Kathy Wahl from the Santa Clara County Office of Education provided a broad overview of UDL and guidance on integrating UDL principles as educators plan and deliver instruction in a distance learning format for preschool students.

Upcoming Webinars:

Task Force on Safe Schools Hearing: Impact of Police in Schools (Tuesday, June 30, from 10 a.m. to noon)

Please register for the webinar in advance via Zoom at

It will also be broadcast on Facebook Live via the CDE Facebook page at

School Nutrition Town Hall #4 (Tuesday, June 30, 2020, at 2 p.m.)

The Nutrition Services Division will host a Tuesday@2:School Nutrition Town Hall meeting. The panelists (Hunger Heroes) will discuss plans for reopening food services when schools reopen, including the district model that is going to be used or considered. Speakers will discuss plans for reopening food services when schools are reopened, including the district model that is going to be used. Speakers will share strategies for serving quality meals, implementing meals in the classroom, adapting new practices for farm-to-school, and engaging community partners. The Hunger Heroes include: April Mackill, Director of Nutrition Services, Auburn Union Elementary School District, Johnna Jenkins, Director of Child Nutrition Services, Valley Center-Pauma Unified School District (USD), Suzanne Morales, Director of Food Services, Placentia-Yorba Linda USD, and Agnes Lally, Director of Food Services Garden Grove USD.

For information and webinar registration, go to:

Implementing the 2019 Arts Standards Through Distance Learning: Lessons from the Field (Thursday, July 2, 2020, at 10 a.m.)

This webinar is hosted by the Curriculum Frameworks and Instructional Resources Division in collaboration with the California County Superintendents Educational Services Association (CCSESA) Arts Initiative and The California Arts Project (TCAP). Presenters will provide a high-level overview of the 2019 California Arts Standards and then feature voices of arts educators from several disciplines sharing how they are implementing the 2019 standards through distance learning.

Webinar will be on Facebook Live and Zoom. Please register in advance at

Meeting ID: 985 3619 3123

Password: 182832


1-669-900-6833 (San Jose)

1-408-638-0968 (San Jose)

1-646-876-9923 (New York)

Meeting ID: 985 3619 3123

Password: 182832

Perspectives on English Language Learning: Aída Walqui in Conversation with Leading Scholars (Series from July 14 to August 20, 2020, at 9 a.m. on Tuesdays and Thursdays)

WestEd presents this free webinar series that will take place on Tuesdays and Thursdays at 9 a.m. (interviews with Australian scholars will be at 3 p.m.) starting on Tuesday, July 14, 2020, and concluding on Thursday, August 20, 2020. Teachers, education leaders, teacher educators, teacher professional developers, and researchers are encouraged to attend. Register for each webinar in the series separately at the link below.

Register on the WestEd Perspectives on English Language Learning: Aída Walqui in Conversation with Leading Scholars web page at

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Last Reviewed: Monday, June 29, 2020
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