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Information and frequently asked questions (FAQs) about the system to submit waivers to the State Board of Education. Information includes FAQs, which data elements are required for submission, and sample Education Code strike-out language.
Re-Opening School Waiver in Response to COVID-19

The California Department of Public Health (CDPH) announced that a waiver of the state's school reopening criteria may be available for elementary schools. However, this waiver is not within the jurisdiction of the California Department of Education or the State Board of Education, but will instead be considered by local public health officers, in consultation with CDPH. Therefore, the CDE does not maintain a list of schools/districts that have applied for re-opening school waivers.

Additionally, in consultation with the Local Public Health Officer and the State Public Health Officer, only the Superintendent or Head of School is allowed to submit the waiver request to the Local Public Health Officer.

For further information, contact the local Public Health Office or the CDPH. Also, please refer to COVID-19 and Reopening In-Person Learning Framework for K-12 Schools in California (PDF) from the CDPH.


For All General Waivers please provide the following with your waiver request:

  • Documentation of evidence of the advisory council regarding the waiver request.

  • Documentation of bargaining unit participation in the development of the waiver.

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Questions:   Waiver Office | waiver@cde.ca.gov | 916-319-0824
Last Reviewed: Thursday, September 10, 2020
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