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Weekly COVID-19 Update: Friday, October 30, 2020

From: Office of the State Superintendent of Public Instruction

Date: October 30, 2020

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From State Superintendent Tony Thurmond

Dear School Communities and Partners:

In a year that has been filled with so much uncertainty, change, and disruption, our California teachers have been nothing short of heroic. Their tremendous efforts have helped students feel a semblance of normalcy, routine, and hope. They’ve checked in on students’ well-being, and they’ve supported students in a range of ways they never expected. That’s why I’m constantly inspired by the teaching profession and proud to announce the 2021 California Teachers of the Year!

These five exceptional educators, announced this week, are ambassadors for the profession and serve as representatives of the state for the calendar year. Read more about them in this news release, and stay tuned as we introduce you to them and their stories on our social media channels in the coming weeks. I had a chance to personally call each of them, congratulate them, and hear their stories of perseverance, and I can tell you that they’re a great reminder to all of us why we do what we do.

Teachers are still finding ways—in fact going above and beyond—to make meaningful connections with their students so they’re in a better position to learn. That includes addressing students’ mental health needs. Trauma has been one of the unifying experiences of 2020, and our state’s leaders are hoping to address students’ mental health needs and social-emotional well-being. Please read more about Social and Emotional Learning in this piece penned External link opens in new window or tab. by our State Board President Linda Darling-Hammond, First Partner Jennifer Siebel Newsom, and myself. We’re also providing youth mental health first aid training at no cost to our school, district, and county staff. And this week we hosted a webinar in our Suicide Prevention Webinar Series: “Building a Network of Safety for School Communities.”

Please stay safe, and thank you for all of your hard work and dedication week in and week out.

Announcements & News Releases

Acquiring Devices and Connectivity for Students

As we are nearing the December 30, 2020, deadline for CARES Act fund availability, we want to remind our schools and districts to get orders completed now. In an effort to support our schools, we have partnered with a few major technology companies and internet service providers to make it easier for schools to acquire necessary equipment and services for their students. Please see the link below for detailed information on these programs.

If you have not yet placed your orders, we strongly encourage you to start the process now. Devices are in high demand across the country.

If your school or district has already placed orders for the needed devices and there is still funding available, we want to remind everyone that these funds can and should be used to support transitional kindergarten through twelfth grade pupil academic achievement and mitigating learning loss related to COVID-19 school closures. Many of the providers at the link below have availability of devices that will support teaching staff, remote and hybrid learning, professional development, and much more.

Don’t delay on your orders; the CARES Act funding is only available until December 30!

Please see the CDE Acquiring Devices and Connectivity for Students web page at for details.

If you have questions on how we can provide assistance, please contact the Digital Divide team at

State Superintendent Tony Thurmond Announces $45 Million in Grant Funding to Support At-Risk Students and Their Families at Community Schools (October 30, 2020)

State Superintendent Tony Thurmond Announces $420,000 in Grants to the Bridging the Digital Divide Fund to Benefit Students in Southern California (October 29, 2020)

State Superintendent Tony Thurmond Announces 2021 California Teachers of the Year (October 28, 2020)

Federal Updates


LEAs impacted by wildfires in the counties that are part of the September 2020 wildfires major disaster declaration (FEMA-4569-DR-CA External link opens in new window or tab. ) are encouraged to attend Applicants’ Briefings and submit a Request for Public Assistance (RPA). The briefings are for LEAs that provided an essential social service related to the fires in Fresno, Los Angeles, Madera, Mendocino, Napa, San Bernardino, San Diego, Shasta, Siskiyou, and Sonoma counties. The schedule of the briefings is located on the Cal OES web page at The RPA deadline for DR-4569 is November 13, 2020.

Program Updates

Curriculum Frameworks and Instructional Resources Division

The Mathematics Curriculum Framework and Evaluation Criteria Committee (Math CFCC) will hold its sixth meeting on November 3–4, 2020. The Math CFCC is revising the Mathematics Framework for California Public Schools: Kindergarten Through Grade Twelve (Mathematics Framework). The meeting will be entirely virtual. The meeting agenda, which includes the meeting login information, is posted on the Mathematics CFCC web page at Please visit for more information about the revision of the Mathematics Framework. Send comments and questions about the Mathematics Framework revision to the mailbox.

English Learner Support Division
Division Name Change!

Effective November 1, 2020, the CDE English Learner Support Division (ELSD) is changing its name to the Multilingual Support Division. This name change reflects the division’s assets-based outlook and approach to supporting English learners, migratory, and immigrant students.


The ELSD is publishing two newsletters during the COVID-19 school closure: The Distance Learning Parent Newsletter and the English Learner (EL) Updates Newsletter. These newsletters are published monthly.

The October EL Updates Newsletter covers assessment, new resources, literacy, initiatives, and webinars. The October Distance Learning Parent Newsletter focuses on the Parent Engagement Module Series for migratory parents to develop their capacity to support their children at school and at home.

To read the newsletters, go to the CDE EL Updates Newsletters web page at

Educator Workforce Investment Grant (EWIG): English Learner Roadmap (ELR) Implementation

The two EWIG ELR grantees, Californians Together (CalTog), and the California Association for Bilingual Education (CABE) are available to bring research-based strategies and resources to administrators and educators in order to dramatically accelerate and improve multilingual academic opportunities and outcomes for English Learners across California. For more information about CABE’s Multilingual California Project (MCAP) ( and CalTog’s English Learner Roadmap Implementation for Systemic Excellence (EL RISE!) (, please visit the CDE Educator Workforce Investment Grant: EL Roadmap Policy Implementation web page The Upcoming Webinars section below includes details on upcoming EL RISE! and MCAP webinars.

Student Achievement and Support Division
2021–22 Local Control and Accountability Plan Annual Update Revision

The Local Agency Systems Support Office is soliciting feedback on the initial draft (Version 1) of a revised Annual Update Template and Instructions for inclusion in the 2021–22 Local Control and Accountability Plan (LCAP). Senate Bill 820 requires the Superintendent of Public Instruction, in consultation with the executive director of the State Board of Education, to revise the template for the annual update to the LCAP by January 31, 2021, to include both the Learning Continuity Plan and the LCAP adopted for the 2019–2020 school year. Feedback on the initial draft of the template and instructions, available at , may be submitted via email to through November 6, 2020.

Webinars - Recap and Upcoming

Webinar Recaps

Multilingual CA Project (MCAP) Fall 2020 Webinar Series
Part I: Designated ELD-Sentence Unpacking in Small Groups Promoting Equity for English Learners During Distance and Hybrid Instruction (September 23, 2020)

This session is focused on distance learning teaching strategies for grades K–12 that can be implemented during Designated ELD to actively engage English learners in grade level core content instruction.

Webinar recording available at

Presentation slides available at

Part II: Promoting Oracy in Spanish Instruction (October 7, 2020)

This session is conducted fully in Spanish with a focus on oral language development in a dual language classroom. This session will present a strategy that will promote the strategic use of academic language in the classroom.

Webinar recording available at

Presentation slides available at

Part III: How to Design Engaging ELD resources to Maximize EL Student and Parent Access (October 21, 2020)

This session showcases how to maximize English learner access and participation with free designated English language development distance learning resources.

Webinar recording available at

Presentation slides available at

Upcoming Webinars:

Multilingual CA Project (MCAP) Fall 2020 Webinar Series
Part IV: Supporting English Learners in the Rural Setting (Wednesday, November 4, 2020, 3:15 p.m.)

This FREE session will focus on connecting with learners, learning, and language by providing resources for districts and schools located in rural areas of California. We will focus on the resource developed by statewide partners titled, “Considerations for Inclusivity and Support within Designated English Language Development in Remote Learning” and use this as a tool to highlight best practices.

Registration link: .

Part V (Wednesday, November 18, 2020, 3:15 p.m.)

This FREE session will present a strategy that can be implemented during remote instruction. Topics are currently being developed in county office partnership.

Registration link:

Part VI (Wednesday, December 2, 2020, 3:15 p.m.)

This FREE session will present a strategy that can be implemented during remote instruction. Topics are currently being developed in county office partnership.

Registration link:

Supporting English Learners through California’s System of Support (November 10, 2020, at 2 p.m.)

Please join us for a webinar focusing on supports for English learners available through California’s System of Support. The webinar will provide an overview of professional development opportunities, tools, and resources available to all LEAs and their staff, including supports for teachers, parents and families, and students, as well as supports available to LEAs and schools eligible for assistance through California’s accountability system.

Please click this link to join the webinar:

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