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Governor Newsom Lays Out Reopening Guidelines Schools MUST Follow Amid Coronavirus

July 17, 2020 - 2:05 pm

Governor Gavin Newsom laid out health and safety guidelines for California schools as they reopen (or remain closed) for the 2020-2021 school year. 

In an Instagram post (below), Newsom says that science is going to be the determining factor in whether a school can physically open or if/when it needs to close. He also makes it VERY clear that learning "must be non-negotiable" and schools "must provide meaningful learning" during the coronavirus crisis, but we also need to make health and safety a priority for students and teachers. 

This is what achieving that will look like in California: 

  • Safe in-person school based on local health data.
  • If schools are located in counties on the California Monitoring List, they CANNOT physically open for in-person teaching until that county is off the Monitoring List for at least 14 consecutive days. 
  • A school must CLOSE following a confirmed case of COVID-19 at the school, and those that were exposed should quarantine for 14 days. 
  • If multiple cohorts have cases or 5% of students and staff test positive in 14 days, the school must return to distance learning. 
  • When 25%+ of its schools have been closed due to COVID-19 within a 14 day period, the entire district should switch to distance learning. This decision to close will be made by local health officers, and districts can return to in-person instruction after 14 days with approval by local health officer(s). 

STRONG mask requirements for anyone in the school. 

  • ALL STAFF AND STUDENTS 3RD GRADE AND ABOVE must wear masks on campus. 

Physical distancing requirements. 

  • Adults need to stay 6 feet from one another and 6 feet from children. 
  • Students must stay 6 feet away from anyone whenever possible. 
  • Anyone entering the school needs to do a health screen. If someone from the household is sick, they must stay home. 

Regular testing and contact tracing for outbreaks at schools. 

  • Staff in every school will be tested for COVID-19 periodically. 
  • California will provide resources and technical assistance for coronavirus investigations involved with schools. 

"Rigorous" distance learning.

  • Schools need to provide devices so every child can participate. 
  • Schools need to provide daily live interaction. 
  • Schools must provide challenging instruction equivalent to in-person instruction. 
  • Support for English learners and special education must be provided. 

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