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Weekly COVID-19 Update: Friday, July 3, 2020

From: Office of the State Superintendent of Public Instruction

Date: July 3, 2020

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From State Superintendent Tony Thurmond

Dear School Communities and Partners:

We close out another week in which I continue to be amazed by the volume and quality of support CDE is providing our students, educators, and families at a time when they need us the most.

In this week's email update, you'll see that work in action as our department continues to help schools plan for the fall semester and prepare for the next phases of student learning. We know that this pandemic has created uncertainty and conditions are rapidly evolving, but we remain committed to supporting you each step of the way.

And as we all head into a hard-earned holiday weekend, I encourage you to take some time to rest and connect with loved ones while ensuring that you are taking appropriate precautions to keep everyone safe and healthy.

Announcements & News Releases

State Superintendent Thurmond Issues Statement in Response to State Budget (June 26, 2020)

State Superintendent Thurmond Calls on Private Industry to Pledge $500 Million to Digital Divide (June 29, 2020)

State Superintendent Thurmond Launches Ethnic Studies Webinar Series (June 29, 2020)

Task Force on Safe Schools Takes First Steps to Address Statewide School Police Reform (June 30, 2020)

Program Updates

Curriculum Frameworks and Instructional Resource Division

At its meeting on July 8, 2020, the State Board of Education will take action on two curriculum frameworks: the California Arts Education Framework for Public Schools, Transitional Kindergarten Through Grade Twelve (Arts Framework), and the World Languages Framework for California Public Schools, Kindergarten Through Grade Twelve (WL Framework). By providing up-to-date, research-based guidance on equitable and inclusive practices for the implementation of content standards, the overarching goal of curriculum frameworks is to balance factual knowledge, fundamental skills, and the application of knowledge and skills. In addition, the frameworks establish criteria to evaluate instructional materials. Both the Arts Framework and the WL Framework have been in development for over two years and are eagerly being awaited by their respective professional fields.

English Learner Support Division

Omnibus trailer bill Senate Bill 98 signed by the Governor on June 29, 2020, provides needed flexibilities for migrant programs and funding for the English Language Proficiency Assessments for California administration in the fall. The COVID-19 Reclassification Guidance for the 2019–20 and Fall Administration letter to the field provides updated guidance on reclassification. The letter is available on the CDE Reclassification web page under the “Letters to the Field” tab at

The State Seal of Biliteracy (SSB) requirements for the 2019–20 and 2020–21 school years have been updated as part of Senate Bill 98. A letter to the field explaining these updates is available on the CDE SSB web page under the “Procedures, Requirements, and Forms” tab at The frequently asked questions (FAQs) on the CDE SSB FAQs web page at have been updated to reflect these changes.

The report “Language, Education and Social Justice: International Strategies for Systems Change in Multilingual Schools,” by Emma Cleave and published by the Bell Foundation, the Winston Churchill Memorial Trust, and the Lindbury Trust, highlights California for its English Learner Roadmap Policy and its State Seal of Biliteracy program. This report presents practical ideas on how to design more equitable, inclusive, and coherent education systems in England with better outcomes for multilingual learners.

The full report is available at

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.

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 links to several USDA policy memos.
  • The Local School Wellness Policy Triennial Assessment and the Fresh Fruit and Vegetable Program Grant sections were updated as the waivers expired June 30, 2020.
  • The Requirements for the Child and Adult Care Food Program section was updated to include information on expired waiver to serve At-risk Afterschool Meals after June 30, 2020.
School Fiscal Services Division

The COVID-19 School Closure Certification is now available on the California Department of Education (CDE) website at Local educational agencies (LEAs) will need to submit a COVID-19 School Closure Certification rather than a Request for Allowance of Attendance Due to Emergency Conditions (Form J-13A) for school closures due to COVID-19 in the 2019-20 school year.

LEAs will be able to submit their certification form to the CDE via a web-based application. On June 25, 2020, unique access codes were sent to the email address of each superintendent or charter school director listed in the California School Directory. LEAs will need to use the assigned access code to log on to the certification form.

For more information, please visit our Frequently Asked Questions: COVID-19 web page at This web page has been recently updated to include information related to the COVID-19 School Closure Certification and instructional days and minutes.

Webinars - Recap and Upcoming

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

State Superintendent of Public Instruction Tony Thurmond convened a hearing that took a comprehensive look at the role of police officers in schools and the impact that law enforcement presence has on students, learning, and campus safety. The hearing was a three-part panel discussion that examined: different models of school policing, research and data on the impact and consequences of police officers in schools, and a framework for potential policy recommendations for reimagining school safety.

An archived broadcast of the hearing can be found on the CDE Facebook page at

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

The Nutrition Services Division hosted a School Nutrition Town Hall meeting. The panelists discussed plans for reopening food services when schools reopen, including the district model that is going to be used or considered. The panelists also shared 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.

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

This webinar was 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 provided a high-level overview of the 2019 California Arts Standards and featured voices of arts educators from several disciplines who shared how they are implementing the 2019 standards through distance learning.

The video may be found on the CDE Facebook page at

Upcoming Webinars:
SSPI Ethnic Studies Webinar Series: African American Studies (Tuesday, July 7, 2020, at 3 p.m.)

State Superintendent of Public Instruction Tony Thurmond and the California Department of Education (CDE) will lead a series of virtual ethnic studies webinars and lessons in the coming weeks. As the CDE prepares to submit a revised Ethnic Studies Model Curriculum for public review, these webinars will help students, educators, and families familiarize themselves with the core areas of ethnic studies, including how different groups have struggled and worked together, as well as key concepts such as equality, justice, race, ethnicity, and indigeneity.

We would like to invite you to the first of these webinars which will focus on African American Studies.

Speakers include:

  • State Superintendent Tony Thurmond
  • Assemblymember Shirley Weber
  • Assemblymember Jose Medina
  • Dr. Shawn Ginwright
  • Students from CDE's newly formed Youth Advisory Council

The event will be broadcast on Zoom as well as Facebook Live on the CDE's Facebook page. See registration details below.


Register in advance for this webinar:

Zoom Audio Connection Only

1-669-900-6833 U.S. (San Jose)

1-408-638-0968 U.S. (San Jose)

1-646-876-9923 U.S. (New York)

Meeting ID: 854 5434 9113

Password: 184553

CDE Facebook

The event will be streamed on Facebook Live on the CDE Facebook page at

A Facebook account is not needed to join.

SSPI Hearing to Explore Public Private Partnerships to Fund Student Support Services (Friday, July 10, 2020, 10 a.m. to noon)

State Superintendent Thurmond is bringing together legislators, foundations, and public agencies to explore how public private partnerships can assist in the expansion of education funding for student support services. The focus of this hearing is to discuss ways to support more restorative justice, social emotional learning, and de-escalation programs by maximizing and braiding existing state, federal, and foundation dollars.

The event will be streamed on Facebook Live on the CDE Facebook page at

Perspectives on English Language Learning: Aida 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: Aida Walqui in Conversation with Leading Scholars web page at

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Last Reviewed: Monday, July 13, 2020
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