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Weekly COVID-19 Update: Friday, July 17, 2020


From: Office of the State Superintendent of Public Instruction

Date: July 17, 2020


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From State Superintendent Tony Thurmond

Today Governor Gavin Newsom announced updated guidance for California’s schools (PDF). I want to commend the Governor for his leadership and for his focus on prioritizing public safety during what might be one of the most challenging experiences we will face in our lifetime. I appreciate the concern he expressed today as a father, his concern for the safety of California’s six million students, and his concern for the health and welfare of our schools’ educators and families.

I also want to thank the Governor for the work he has led to ensure that our educators have necessary personal protective equipment—already on its way to our 10,000 schools—in the form of millions of units of face coverings, face shields, hand sanitizer and thermometers

Today’s guidance from the California Department of Public Health (CDPH) lays out clear metrics for our schools so that they can best understand the conditions that determine when they must close. On Monday the California Department of Education will host a meeting for our 1,000 school districts to unpack today’s guidance. We are grateful that our partners at the CDPH will present the guidance in this format and take questions from educators across the state.

As so many of our schools will begin their academic year virtually, we remain committed to continuing to work with the Governor, the Legislature, the State Board of Education, the California Department of Public Health, and educators across the state to address ways we can improve distance learning. We must accelerate this effort to ensure there is consistency and continuity moving ahead, and that we are doing everything in our power to offset learning gaps that have been exacerbated by this pandemic.

Announcements & News Releases

State Superintendent Tony Thurmond Hosts Virtual Classroom Session on Chicano Latino Studies with Civil Rights Icon Dolores Huerta (July 14, 2020)

https://www.cde.ca.gov/nr/ne/yr20/yr20rel57.asp

State Superintendent Tony Thurmond Applauds Schools for Making Student and Educator Safety Center of Reopening Decisions (July 15, 2020)

https://www.cde.ca.gov/nr/ne/yr20/yr20rel58.asp

State Superintendent Tony Thurmond Virtual Media Check-In (July 15, 2020)

https://www.facebook.com/watch/live/?v=742725556484289

State Superintendent Tony Thurmond Issues Statement in Response to Governor’s Updated School Guidance (July 17, 2020)

https://www.cde.ca.gov/nr/ne/yr20/yr20rel59.asp

Federal Updates

The CDE’s web page for Learning Loss Mitigation Funds is now live. This web page gives information on funding sources, funding formulas, and uses of funds. The site will soon have preliminary allocations, application for funds, and FAQs. The site can be found at: https://www.cde.ca.gov/fg/cr/learningloss.asp.

U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA)

On June 25, 2020, the USDA issued five nationwide meal service waivers for the entire 2020-21 school year:

  • Non-congregate feeding
  • Meal service time requirements
  • Parent and guardian pick-up of meals
  • Meal pattern flexibilities
Offer versus serve requirements for senior high schools participating in the National School Lunch Program

Program Updates

Educator Excellence and Equity Division

The Educator Excellence and Equity Division (EEED) has updated its Media Literacy Resources web page (https://www.cde.ca.gov/ci/cr/ml/) with new resources focused on supporting media literacy and digital citizenship in a distance learning context. The new resources are located on the "Resources/Lessons" tab and were collected with help from the California School Library Association, KQED, and Common Sense Education. The EEED will also post a recorded webinar, developed in collaboration with KQED and Common Sense Education, that will highlight some of the new resources posted on the web page.

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 2019–2020 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 https://www.cde.ca.gov/sp/el/rd/.

The State Seal of Biliteracy (SSB) requirements for the 2019–2020 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 https://www.cde.ca.gov/sp/el/er/sealofbiliteracy.asp. The frequently asked questions (FAQs) on the CDE SSB FAQs web page at https://www.cde.ca.gov/sp/el/er/ssbfaq.asp have been updated to reflect these changes.

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:

https://www.cde.ca.gov/sp/el/er/elnewsletters.asp

Student Achievement and Support Division

The Student Achievement and Support Division has posted the draft template for the Learning Continuity and Attendance Plan as prescribed in Senate Bill 98. The template can be accessed at https://www.cde.ca.gov/fg/aa/lc/documents/draftlearncontplan.pdf.

Guidance and frequently asked questions about the Learning Continuity and Attendance Plan can be found by visiting https://www.cde.ca.gov/fg/aa/lc/tuesdaysat2.asp.

The CDE will continue to send updated information and guidance on the development and implementation of the Learning Continuity and Attendance Plan through the LCFF listserv. You can subscribe to the LCFF listserv by sending a "blank" message to join-LCFF-list@mlist.cde.ca.gov.

To unsubscribe, send a "blank" message to unsubscribe-LCFF-list@mlist.cde.ca.gov.

Webinars - Recap and Upcoming

Recap of This Week’s Webinars:
School Nutrition Tuesdays @ 2 Town Hall (July 14, 2020)

The Nutrition Services Division hosted their fifth School Nutrition Tuesday @ 2 Town Hall event. In addition to providing state updates, featured School Food Service panelists from across the state provided valuable information for engaging the community, supporting staff, and implementing successful point of service systems.

Learning Continuity and Attendance Plan (July 14, 2020)

The Student Achievement and Support Division hosted a webinar to collect stakeholder input on the draft Learning Continuity and Attendance Plan template. The comments, questions, ad suggestions shared during the webinar are informing the final revisions that the CDE, in consultation with the Executive Director of the State Board of Education, are making to the template and instructions.

SSPI Ethnic Studies Webinar Series: Chicano Latino Studies (July 14, 2020)

State Superintendent of Public Instruction Tony Thurmond and the CDE hosted the second in a series of virtual classroom events on ethnic studies to engage students in a dialogue about their significance.

The event focused on the importance of ethnic studies in general, the history of Chicano Latino Studies, plus a lesson and activity within the discipline of Chicano Latino Studies, one of the four foundational groups of ethnic studies.

During Tuesday’s virtual classroom, students and members of student groups from the Chicano Latino Youth Leadership Project, the Puente Project, and M.E.Ch.A.(Movimiento Estudiantil Chicanx de Aztlán; "Chicanx Student Movement of Aztlán") heard from Assemblymember Jose Medina as well as the personal account of a California leader who’s already in history books nationwide—civil rights icon Dolores Huerta, the labor leader and civil rights activist who, along with Cesar Chavez, co-founded the National Farmworkers Association.

An archived broadcast can be found on the CDE Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/CAEducation.

Upcoming Webinars:
Webinar for LEAs, COEs and all Educational Partners: Review of Updated Schools Guidance, hosted by State Superintendent Tony Thurmond (July 20, 2020, at 1 p.m.)

Please join State Superintendent Tony Thurmond and officials from the California Department of Education (CDE) and the California Department of Public Health (CDPH) as they provide LEAs, COEs and all educational stakeholders a detailed overview of the Governor’s updated COVID-19 guidance for schools and answer questions as districts and educators navigate implementation. All LEAs throughout the state are welcome to attend.

The event will be broadcast on Facebook Live at https://www.facebook.com/CAEducation.

Ethnic Studies Informational Series: Virtual Classroom Session on Asian American Studies (Tuesday, July 21, 2020, 3:00 to 4:30 p.m.)

State Superintendent of Public Instruction Tony Thurmond and the California Department of Education (CDE) are leading a series of virtual classroom events on ethnic studies this month. 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 our third webinar which will focus on Asian American Studies.

This event will feature Karen Korematsu, educator, civil rights advocate, and daughter of late civil rights icon Fred Korematsu.

Please register in advance for this webinar:

https://us02web.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_5IbSIXkgSeuGQebWS0DdlQ

Audio Connection Only

1-669-900-6833 (San Jose)

1-408-638-0968 (San Jose)

1-646-876-9923 (New York)

The event will also be broadcast on Facebook Live at https://www.facebook.com/CAEducation.

Closing the Digital Divide Task Force Hearing (Thursday, July 23, 2020, at 1 p.m.)

State Superintendent Tony Thurmond and leaders of the Closing the Digital Divide Task Force will continue discussions on how to meet the digital needs of our students. The hearing will focus on strategies on how to prepare for distance learning when school opens from the stand point of devices and being digitally prepared as well as provide an update on where we are on our campaign to get more digital devices.

The event will be broadcast on Facebook Live at https://www.facebook.com/CAEducation.

Learning Continuity and Attendance Plan Instructions and Guidance (Tuesday, July 28, 2020, at 11 a.m.)

The Student Achievement and Support Division will host the next Learning Continuity and Attendance Plan webinar on July 28, 2020 at 11:00 am. This webinar will present further guidance and offer support for the development and implementation of the plans. The Zoom webinar connection information can be found at https://www.cde.ca.gov/fg/aa/lc/tuesdaysat2.asp

Tuesdays @ 2 School Nutrition Town Hall (Tuesday, July 28, 2020, at 2 p.m.)

The Nutrition Services Division will host the next School Nutrition Tuesday@2 Town Hall on July 28, 2020, as we continue the discussion on plans, considerations, and best practices for meal service as schools reopen. Panelists will share strategies for serving meals in a blended learning environment including plans for offering a variety of grab-and-go meals.

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 https://www.wested.org/wested_event/qtel-conversation-series-2020/.

California State University (CSU) Systemic Inequities Webinar (Friday, August 14, 2020, at 10 a.m.)

The CSU is sponsoring a series of four live webinars that are appropriate for all educator preparation faculty, supervisors, and current educators. All live webinars take place from 10 to 11:30 a.m. The webcasts will be recorded.

This webinar is facilitated by Dr. Zulmara Cline, the statewide California Academic Partnership Program director, and focuses on dismantling systemic inequities in our schools and building schools that work for all students.

Register on the CSU Educator Preparation and Public School Programs Live Webcasts Registration page at https://bit.ly/CSUwebinars.

CSU Retaining Educators of Color Webinar (Friday, August 21, 2020, at 10 a.m.)

The CSU is sponsoring a series of four live webinars that are appropriate for all educator preparation faculty, supervisors, and current educators. All live webinars take place from 10 to 11:30 a.m. The webcasts will be recorded.

This webinar is facilitated by Dr. Ernest Black, the Systemwide Director for CalState TEACH, and focuses on lessons learned from the field.

Register on the CSU Educator Preparation and Public School Programs Live Webcasts Registration page at https://bit.ly/CSUwebinars.


Questions:   California Department of Education | COVID19@cde.ca.gov
Last Reviewed: Monday, July 20, 2020
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