Governor Newsom Announces Guidelines to Re-Open California Schools

Parents, Teachers and Students Now Have An Idea Of Education Moving Forward

July 17, 2020
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IMPORTANT #COVID19 Schools update today. SWIPE to learn more.

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There has been much discussion and speculation as to what education will look like and IF there will be any students in classrooms as the new school year is approaching. Governor Newsom just announced his plan and standards for schools - so parents, pay attention (here are the cheat notes).

  1. Safe in-person school based on local health data.
  • Using health data, schools can physically open when it’s county has been off the monitoring list for 14 consecutive days.
  • Schools that don’t meet this requirement must begin the year with social distance learning.
  1. Mask requirements
  • All school staff and students in 3rd grade and above must wear masks.
  1. Physical distancing + other adaptations
  • Physical distancing + other adaptations
  • Staff must maintain at least 6 feet between themselves and students
  • Temp checks every morning
  • Hand washing stations
  • Sanitation and disinfection
  • Quarantine protocols
  1. Regular testing
  • Test staff regularly
  • State contact tracing workforce will prioritize schools
  1. Contact tracing in school system
  2. Rigorous distance learning
  • Access to devices and connectivity for all kids
  • Daily live interaction with teachers and other students
  • Challenging assignments equivalent to in-person classes
  • Adapted lessons for English language learners and special education students.

When should in-person learning close?

  1. Schools should consult with a public health officer first
  2. A classroom cohort goes home when there is a confirmed case
  3. A school goes home when multiple cohorts have cases or more than 5% is positive
  4. A district does home if 25% of their school are closed within a 14-day period.