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Weekly COVID-19 Update: Friday, July 24, 2020

From: Office of the State Superintendent of Public Instruction

Date: July 24, 2020

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From State Superintendent Tony Thurmond

Dear School Communities and Partners:

Now that we know most of our students will be starting the next school year in distance learning, our focus urgently shifts to supporting our school communities as they prepare for virtual learning. This includes helping our students acquire the devices and connectivity they need to access their educators, and providing additional support to strengthen distance learning strategies.

I want to make sure all of our school districts are aware of and take advantage of the $5.3 billion available in the state budget to school districts to acquire devices, strengthen distance learning, and address learning gaps.

These Learning Loss Mitigation Funds are authorized by the 2020–21 state budget, which allocates $5.3 billion to local educational agencies to support transitional kindergarten through twelfth grade academic achievement, professional learning, mitigate learning gaps exacerbated by COVID-19 school campus closures, and purchase computing and connectivity devices.

We are grateful that the Governor’s Office provided an overview during our last Digital Divide Task Force hearing this week, and expect more support from us in the coming days. But there’s no need to wait: School districts are now able to apply for these funds.

Announcements & News Releases

State Superintendent Thurmond, Digital Divide Task Force Identify Resources to Support Successful Distance Learning in the Fall (July 23, 2020)

State Superintendent Thurmond, Dr. Karen Korematsu Discuss Fighting for Justice During Ethnic Studies Virtual Classroom (July 21, 2020)

State Superintendent Thurmond Issues Statement in Response to Governor’s Updated School Guidance (July 20, 2020)

Program Updates

Curriculum Frameworks and Instructional Resources Division

At its meeting on July 8, 2020, the State Board of Education approved the Schedule of Significant Events (timeline) for the 2021 Arts Education and World Languages Instructional Materials Adoptions. These materials will support the implementation of the SBE-adopted content standards and will be consistent with the guidance in 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). Instructional materials are the tools that teachers and students use to access the standards and learn the skills and knowledge needed to achieve goals for college and career. For more information about the instructional materials adoptions, please visit for Arts Education and for World Languages.

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 July EL Updates Newsletter covers school reopening guidance, distance and hybrid learning resources, COVID-19 resources, assessment, legislation, reclassification, the California State Board of Education July meeting, research and articles, and webinars. The July Distance Learning Parent Newsletter focuses on social justice and resources to help parents talk to children about these issues.

The ELSD newsletters are available on the CDE EL Updates Newsletters web page at

The ELSD is hosting monthly Bilingual Coordinators Network (BCN) meetings. This month’s meeting included updates on the English Language Proficiency Assessments for California (ELPAC), Senate Bill 98, federal program monitoring, and the Learning Continuity and Assessment Plan.

The information and resources provided at the July BCN meeting are available at

The ELSD will host a meeting of the EL Roadmap Implementation Advisory Committee on July 28, 2020. For more information about this committee, contact the ELSD at

Student Achievement and Support Division

The Student Achievement and Support Division is accepting applications for the 2021 California Teachers of the Year (California TOY) Program through Thursday, August 27, 2020! The purpose of the California TOY Program is to honor the teaching profession and to heighten interest in teaching as a career. The program affords the opportunity to bring attention to teachers who successfully employ strategies to increase academic success and close the achievement and opportunity gaps their students face. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the California TOY program has made some changes to the program. Please visit the CDE Awards web page at to learn more about the changes that have been made to the program, eligibility criteria, selection process, and timeline of activities. The application and scoring rubrics can also be found on the CDE Awards web page. Please send questions to the CDE Awards Team at

The 2020-21 Learning Continuity and Attendance Plan Template and Instructions will be posted to the CDE Learning Continuity and Attendance Plan web page at by August 1, 2020. Please email questions regarding the template or instructions to

Webinars - Recap and Upcoming

Recap of This Week’s Webinars:
SSPI Ethnic Studies Webinar Series: Asian American Studies (July 21, 2020)

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

Students and members from the Asian Pacific Youth Leadership Project and the U.S. Senate Youth Program gathered for a virtual classroom lesson on Asian American Studies and learned about Fred Korematsu’s fight against imprisonment during World War II. Korematsu’s 40-year battle in the Supreme Court would in part lead to the Civil Liberties Act of 1988 which included a formal apology as well as reparations to Japanese Americans imprisoned during the war.

The virtual classroom session featured Dr. Karen Korematsu sharing her father’s personal story as well as her own. Guests included students from throughout California, Assemblymember David Chiu, and Professor Grace Yeh, Ph.D. of California Polytechnic State University at Cal Poly San Luis Obispo, who spoke about the importance of Asian American Studies and gave a brief history of Asians and Pacific Islander Americans.

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

California Collaborative for Educational Excellence (CCEE) Learning Acceleration: A webinar on accelerating instruction in the coming year (July 22, 2020)

The slides and an archived video from this webinar are available on the CCEE COVID-19 Distance Learning Technical Assistance Resources web page at

Closing the Digital Divide Task Force Hearing (Thursday, July 23, 2020)

State Superintendent of Public Instruction Tony Thurmond and leaders serving on the Closing the Digital Divide Task Force identified new resources and partnerships to support California schools preparing for distance learning this fall. The task force, co-chaired by Senator Connie Leyva (D-Chino), has been working since April to help equip all California students with computing devices and connectivity as schools prepare for the new academic year.

To view the archived broadcast of the hearing, go to:

Upcoming Webinars:
Learning Continuity and Attendance Plan Instructions and Guidance, Part I (Tuesday, July 28, 2020, at 11 a.m.)

Presented by the Student Achievement and Support Division, this webinar will provide answers to frequently asked questions about the Learning Continuity and Attendance Plan template and instructions as well as provide an overview of the development and submission process. Guidance will be provided on conducting meaningful stakeholder engagement, describing plans for continuity of instruction, and completing the increased or improved services section. Zoom log-in information can be found by visiting the LCFF webinar web page at .

Learning Continuity and Attendance Plan Instructions and Guidance, Part II (Tuesday, August 4, 2020, at 2 p.m.)

Co-presented by the Student Achievement and Support Division and the California Collaborative for Educational Excellence, this webinar will provide guidance on the resources and tools available to support local educational agencies in the development of their Learning Continuity and Attendance Plans. The resources and tools that will be provided have been curated and vetted by county and district leaders in California’s System of Support. Zoom log-in information can be found by visiting the LCFF Webinar web page at .

U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Webinar Series on Maintaining Healthy Learning Environments in Schools (July 30, August 6, and August 13, 2020)

This webinar series will feature experts, including school district leaders, who will discuss the plans, practices, and principles they have put in place to sustain comprehensive indoor air quality (IAQ) management programs.

  • Let’s Clear the Air: Using Ventilation Practices to Promote Healthy IAQ in Schools, on July 30, 2020, at 10 a.m. PT. Register here External link opens in new window or tab. .
  • Cleaning for Health: Proactive Plans to Effectively Clean and Promote Healthy IAQ in Schools, on August 6, 2020, at 10 a.m. PT. Register here External link opens in new window or tab. .
  • What Schools Need to Know: Practices and Principles for Healthy IAQ and Reducing the Spread of Viruses, on August 13, 2020, at noon PT. Register here External link opens in new window or tab. .
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. 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, July 27, 2020
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