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This Q & A is being updated to reflect latest developments. It was last updated April 3 at 6 p.m.

Q: How many districts have closed schools in California? 

A: All schools are effectively closed for classroom instruction.

The only exception identified by EdSource may be the Outside Creek School District in Tulare County, which consists of a single elementary school with about 100 students. As of April 1, the school was still open. No one could be reached at the school as of April 2. It is unclear if the district is still closed. 

However, state leaders and local school districts are stressing that even though students are not physically in class, schools are not actually closed and will be offering  “distance learning” in some fashion. 

Q: How long will schools be closed?  

A:   The clearest answer is that no one knows for certain.  However, it seems increasingly likely that most or all schools will not open for in-class instruction before the end of the school year, unless there is a dramatic improvement in the evolution of the pandemic.

On April 1, State superintendent Thurmond sent a letter to all 58 county superintendents recommending that  they plan on offering digital instruction through the end of the school year. The following day Newsom endorsed that message. “I can’t be more clear about this,” he said, adding that it would not make sense to send more than 6 million children back to school when state officials are predicting the peak surge in coronavirus cases in California will likely occur in mid-May.

However, Newsom has not issued an order for schools to be closed until the end of the school year, and doing so is still  a local decision.  Following the recommendation of both Thurmond and Newsom, a growing number of school districts have indicated that they will not reopen for in-class instruction until the end of their school year.  these include all schools in Sacramento, Monterey and Riverside counties, as well as all schools in districts such as Long Beach Unified, West Contra Costa Unified and Fresno Unified.   As of Friday April 3, 54 out of 80 districts in Los Angeles County had also announced they will be closed through the end of the school year.

Other districts are still awaiting guidance from their county departments of health and county offices of education before making final decisions about whether to remain closed.

Q: Are schools actually closed?

A:  Schools are closed as far as providing regular classroom instruction. However, many schools are open at certain times to provide a range of services, including distance learning, school meals, and in some cases child care. Some employees, such as cafeteria workers involved with providing school breakfasts and lunches to go, are still on school sites. 

Q: Are teachers still working? 

A:  Yes, but their duties and responsibilities have changed significantly. Almost all are working remotely. Their responsibilities and availability to students and parents varies from district to district. Most are ramping up distance learning plans, which can include online instruction or packets of materials sent home to students. During the first few weeks in April, many teachers will be on “spring break” and will not work during that time. 

Q: Gov. Newsom has issued an executive order ordering Californians to “stay at home” or “at their place of residence.” What does that mean for parents and children?  

Californians are urged to only leave home for groceries, prescriptions, exercise or other “essential” business or activities. When going out, people are expected to stay at least 6 feet apart and are encouraged to wear face masks. Newsom’s order does not specify an end date.

To prevent overcrowding in parks, Newsom ordered parking lots closed at state parks and beaches. Many counties also closed parks, playgrounds and beaches. Details on state park closures and restrictions is at www.parks.ca.gov.

Q: Can school children and their parents or guardians still pick up school meals?

Yes, in most cases and in most parts of the state. Schools are considered essential businesses and facilities, and are expected to continue to provide meals on a pick-up-and-go basis. This expectation was laid out in Gov. Newsom’s executive order.  Residents may travel by foot, bike, car or public transit to pick up school meals, but must practice social distancing while they do so. Some districts allow families to pick up meals for more than one day or are partnering with local food banks to provide more food to families.

School districts have received a waiver from the federal government to provide meals for any children age 18 or younger who request one.

Check the website of your school district for more information, since not all schools are distributing meals.

Q: What are schools are supposed to offer parents and children?

A:  Under an executive order issued by Gov. Newsom  districts are expected to provide “high quality education opportunities”  through methods including online learning, take-home materials or independent study — but only “to the extent feasible.”  School districts are expected to serve special education students, although the state and federal government have given districts some flexibility in applying federal regulations and laws. 

The California Department of Education has created a web page with resources and guidance for schools and districts here

Q: Are teachers grading students’ work during school closures? 

A:  Whether to award grades will be decided by each district. Several districts have announced they will grade students work, and the number is expected to grow.  The California Department of Education has issued detailed guidance on grading and graduation requirements here.

What will vary considerably is how grades will be awarded.  Some grades will be awarded on a pass-fail or credit-no credit basis alone.  In some cases the grade will go onto a student’s transcript, and in other cases they will not.  In  In general, the overall view is “to hold students harmless” during this pandemic — in other words, the work they do will not have a further negative impact on their overall GPA to graduate or gain admission to college.

Q:  What impact will the work high school students do have on their chances for admission to the University of California and the California State University?

A:   High school seniors can submit credit/no credit grades in place of traditional letter grades for A-G courses completed in winter, spring or summer 2020. A-G courses are the set of high school classes students must take to be eligible to attend one of the nine UC undergraduate campuses or one of the 23 CSU campuses.

Community college students planning to transfer to a CSU or UC campus can also submit credit/no credit grades for prerequisite classes completed during the same time frame.

Universities are also giving students flexibility for submitting their official transcripts, which are typically due in July. The UC and CSU systems are still requesting that final transcripts be submitted by their usual deadlines but say they won’t rescind admission offers for late transcripts.

The UC system also is suspending the SAT and ACT requirement for current high school juniors for this upcoming year because of widespread testing cancellations. The CSU system is reviewing whether to also drop its testing requirements for 2021 admissions.

Q: Will students still be required to take the standardized tests that students in grades 3-8 and 11 take every spring? 

A: No. On March 18, Newsom signed an emergency order suspending standardized testing, meaning students in grades 3-8 and 11 will not be required to take Smarter Balanced tests in math and English language arts this school year. The U.S. Department of Education gave the state preliminary approval to waive standardized testing for this school year and the requirement to include the test data that would have been produced in the state’s school accountability system, the California School Dashboard. The waived tests include the Smarter Balanced and science tests that assess the Next Generation Science Standards, and the English Language Proficiency Assessments for California for English learners. Final approval is expected after a public comment period ends on April 15.

Q: What impact is the virus crisis having on AP exams, as well as the SAT and ACT college admissions tests?

A:  Shortened versions of Advanced Placement exams will be administered online from May 11-22.  The 45-minute tests, which are accessible by i-Phones, will be open-book and will only  include written responses, with no multiple choice questions. Security measures including anti-plagiarism software are expected to discourage cheating,

AP test takers can earn college credit if they score high enough on the AP exams, which are offered in 38 subjects including biology, U.S. history and Spanish. Free online prep classes are available and students who don’t have access to technology or the internet can seek help here.

The University of California system has suspended requiring students in the class of 2021 to submit ACT or SAT scores, and the California State University system is considering doing so.

ACT has rescheduled the April 4 national ACT test date to June 13, 2020. All students who have already registered for the test will receive an email with instructions for next steps. Additional test dates and other information is available at www.ACT.org.

The College Board has canceled the May 2 SAT administration. Registered students will receive refunds and the College Board will provide additional SAT testing opportunities as feasible, according to a news release. It has not yet canceled the June 6 test and advises students to access free online resources at https://www.khanacademy.org/sat.

Q: For younger children, can I still arrange playdates for my children, or have groups of children together to do homework?

A. Limiting social interactions for children is tough, but under the statewide order to “stay home,” they are prohibited. The symptoms of the coronavirus can take days to show up, and people can be contagious even if they do not yet have symptoms. Also, each additional child has other circles of contacts — their family and the people their family is in touch with. “Even if you choose only one friend to have over, you are creating new links and possibilities for the type of transmission that all of our school/work/public event closures are trying to prevent,” writes Dr. Asaf Bitton, a primary care physician and public health expert, in an opinion published on Medium.

In lieu of in-person playdates, some families are setting up video playdates for their kids, and encouraging them to write letters or emails to other family members or friends.

Q: What are the symptoms of the coronavirus and what should parents or guardians do if their child develops them?

A: The symptoms of the coronavirus are similar in children and adults and can be mild or severe. Those symptoms include fever, cough, runny nose, shortness of breath and sometimes vomiting or diarrhea.

According to the Centers for Disease Control, children do not seem to be at higher risk of getting the coronavirus although some children and infants have been sick with the disease and one has died in California. Older adults and people with severe chronic medical conditions like lung disease, diabetes or suppressed immune systems are at higher risk of contracting the virus and possibly dying.

The CDC recommends contacting a healthcare provider for medical advice if you think you or your children have been exposed and have any of the symptoms. The CDC has also released additional tips to help keep children healthy while school is out that include suggested routines for continuing children’s education at home.

Q:   What should I tell my child about the virus?

A. The Centers for Disease Control has a number of recommendations. These include:

  • Remain calm and reassuring;
  • Make yourself available to listen and to talk;
  • Avoid language that might blame others and lead to stigma;
  • Pay attention to what children see or hear on television, radio or online;
  • Provide information that is honest and accurate;
  • Teach children everyday actions to reduce the spread of germs.

The National Association of School Psychologists has also issued helpful hints for parents similar to those from the CDC. Among them: Limit television viewing or access to information on the internet and through social media. Try to avoid watching or listening to information that might be upsetting when your children are present.

State Surgeon General Dr. Nadine Burke-Harris has released a 1-minute video on Twitter to help parents and caregivers talk to children about the coronavirus.

Burke-Harris urges adults to approach the conversation in a calm way, ask what children have heard and allow them to share their fears, correct any misinformation, reassure them, and remind them about the importance of proper hygiene, healthy eating and exercise.

National Public Radio has created a comic to help parents talk to their children about the virus. And the independent national nonprofit The Child Mind Institute, which focuses on children’s mental health, has posted an article titled: “Talking to kids about the coronavirus: Kids worry more when they’re kept in the dark.”

Staff writers Theresa Harrington, Larry Gordon, Sydney Johnson, Zaidee Stavely and Louis Freedberg contributed to this report.

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  1. Deann 2 days ago2 days ago

    My son is a senior at a private school in Sacramento. In addition to struggling with adapting to our new normal, he is struggling to keep up with the work that is being assigned to him at home. The school was not set up for online learning therefore the teachers and staff have not come up with an organized way of presenting work and online teaching.They are assigning more work than what he was required … Read More

    My son is a senior at a private school in Sacramento. In addition to struggling with adapting to our new normal, he is struggling to keep up with the work that is being assigned to him at home.

    The school was not set up for online learning therefore the teachers and staff have not come up with an organized way of presenting work and online teaching.They are assigning more work than what he was required to do while they were still in class. Is there another online program that my son can sign up for to complete his high school credits? I’m concerned that he may not graduate under the current circumstances.

  2. Anden 6 days ago6 days ago

    Will I be able to attend summer school this year or is that canceled too?

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    • John Fensterwald 5 days ago5 days ago

      Great question, Anden. If you district had planned a summer school, you’ll have to check with a school board member or the district office. I’ve been asking the state about new summer school funding and have no answer yet.

  3. Danielle Medina 6 days ago6 days ago

    My daughter is starting kindergarten this year. When am I able to enroll her?

  4. Amanda Perez 7 days ago7 days ago

    Will children in California have to retake their grade next school year? Will they be made to be held back?

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    • John Fensterwald 7 days ago7 days ago

      Amanda, holding a student back will remain a local decision, between parents, teachers and the principal based on what's good for the student. The state has waived the minimum instructional minutes and days to recognize the impact of the coronavirus, so the state assumes students will move forward to the next grade. The question parents should be asking -- and it's not too soon to raise the issue -- is what will be done to … Read More

      Amanda, holding a student back will remain a local decision, between parents, teachers and the principal based on what’s good for the student. The state has waived the minimum instructional minutes and days to recognize the impact of the coronavirus, so the state assumes students will move forward to the next grade. The question parents should be asking — and it’s not too soon to raise the issue — is what will be done to make up for lost time? Will the state fund summer school or an early start to next fall? Will teachers begin the year assessing what’s missing in each student’s skills and knowledge to decide how to tailor instruction? Might there be an extended school day with engaging activities?

      There are many options, and parents should press their school board and state legislators to recognize the need for them.

  5. Lance Atkinson 1 week ago1 week ago

    I have a daughter who was doing an online school that didn't do well for her. We had dropped her from that school and had a meeting to enroll her in a different online school supported by the district. Due to the pandemic, they cancelled that meeting and probably won't enroll her. My fear is that she will have missed an entire semester of credits. Are there online schools that will … Read More

    I have a daughter who was doing an online school that didn’t do well for her. We had dropped her from that school and had a meeting to enroll her in a different online school supported by the district. Due to the pandemic, they cancelled that meeting and probably won’t enroll her. My fear is that she will have missed an entire semester of credits. Are there online schools that will enroll students, are still operational and give them credit?

  6. Sally Jackson 1 week ago1 week ago

    I am a school psychologist and my district closed so I’m home not getting paid. I believe that God will help me get by, but I feel like I should be doing something to help. Is there anything I can do from home to help these kids rest get now? Not looking to get paid – just want to help – although it will be a struggle for our family financially. We trust in our … Read More

    I am a school psychologist and my district closed so I’m home not getting paid. I believe that God will help me get by, but I feel like I should be doing something to help. Is there anything I can do from home to help these kids rest get now? Not looking to get paid – just want to help – although it will be a struggle for our family financially. We trust in our Lord. My husband is a firefighter out there helping. I want to help, too.

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    • Sally Jackson 1 week ago1 week ago

      Also, my daughter is in her master’s program at her university to become a school counselor and she would love to help with me

  7. Genesis 1 week ago1 week ago

    Will kids have to repeat the school year?

  8. Svetlana Jamou 1 week ago1 week ago

    Our pre-school Growing Garden demanded everyone to pay the whole tuition while the school is closed. I believe it’s unfair since parents lost their jobs or closed their businesses and are unemployed. The school is threatening parents that their kids will lose the spot and will have to pay penalty if they break the contract.

    The contract applies only when pre-school is operating and providing childcare services. How can business like that take advantage of situation?

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    • Dan yan 2 days ago2 days ago

      My old daughter is currently attending online class named learning by distance where the teacher sent resources or materials by email and video but we felt it’s not fair by one side from my viewpoint because it’s preschool where almost all parents paid whole tuition before the school year began. I asked to head of school but it’s not refundable.

  9. Diane 1 week ago1 week ago

    We are blessed to still be a 2 working parent household, at least for the moment. But with that comes significant challenges when our son's middle school is pushing the majority of instruction to us. Providing huge packets of work for the students with very limited online instruction is not working for us. I do wish our school would approach the online learning in a similar way/structure as it used to be. Keep their various … Read More

    We are blessed to still be a 2 working parent household, at least for the moment. But with that comes significant challenges when our son’s middle school is pushing the majority of instruction to us. Providing huge packets of work for the students with very limited online instruction is not working for us.

    I do wish our school would approach the online learning in a similar way/structure as it used to be. Keep their various classes generally around the same time but just do them online. It is chaotic at best and trying to keep on top of the homework assignments (like a 24 page packet for Science with no instruction) has been tough.

  10. Jonathan Goldberg 1 week ago1 week ago

    One of the main concerns I’m freezing right now with my kids who were attempting to bring their grades up to a level that would allow them to move on to the next grade. No information is available for how that is determined. It is very important for some who have no information on this particular subject.

  11. ritu 1 week ago1 week ago

    It is unfair if grades in high shcool that have implications for college admissions are based on tests before the closure. Were the students supposed to know a pandemic was coming and kept every test an A? That is not the way it works. If all tests and assessments are not completed for a quarter, a grade should not be given.

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    • Lance Atkinson 1 week ago1 week ago

      My school district is using 3rd quarter grades as the baseline for semester grades. The distance learning we are providing is to improve those 3rd quarter grades and giving students a chance to master content already covered.

  12. Steve 1 week ago1 week ago

    I am a teacher and our district is having a conversation about the assignment of end of semester grades to students. Currently, however, this conversation is not including teacher’s input on how to handle students who are not meeting the standards of the subject being taught. I believe should this continue, then the administration, working with union representatives, may come up with a decision involving what teachers need to assign a grade to those students, … Read More

    I am a teacher and our district is having a conversation about the assignment of end of semester grades to students. Currently, however, this conversation is not including teacher’s input on how to handle students who are not meeting the standards of the subject being taught. I believe should this continue, then the administration, working with union representatives, may come up with a decision involving what teachers need to assign a grade to those students, who are not academically performing well and those who have chosen not to engage in their learning prior to the Coronavirus Pandemic, during the At Home Learning that’s being done currently, and afterwards, should school return to normalcy before the end of the school year.

    Our district, for example, is not considering a Pass/Fail or Credit/NoCredit but instead a “Pass” and a “NoMark, where the NoMark is assigned to those students who were enrolled after the start of the semester or some other criteria. According to California Education Code, only teachers of record are to determine the final grade assigned to a student. The way I am seeing this conversation thus far is not equitable.

    My question is how do I assign a grade to a student that is equitable during this crises; what is the best way to handles the two scenarios proposed: Those who are doing the best as they can and working hard but are performing below standard, as it were, as opposed to those students who have chosen not to be compliant and engage in their learning by making an honest attempt and doing their best but instead do nothing?

  13. Phil 2 weeks ago2 weeks ago

    It will be interesting to see what impact, if any, distance learning, no learning, and/or no testing has on students long-term. The results could be sobering for parents and educators. And my daughter's school is killing it. They have daily online videos (both school created and selected from YouTube), weekly class video chats, and the teachers are reviewing and grading more than 50 pages a week from each student that will go towards their grade … Read More

    It will be interesting to see what impact, if any, distance learning, no learning, and/or no testing has on students long-term. The results could be sobering for parents and educators.

    And my daughter’s school is killing it. They have daily online videos (both school created and selected from YouTube), weekly class video chats, and the teachers are reviewing and grading more than 50 pages a week from each student that will go towards their grade for the year.

    In fact, she’s the only child in our 50+ children network across multiple states who has assigned work that is being graded.

  14. John Magee 2 weeks ago2 weeks ago

    I have read all these comments with great interest as a teacher of 30+ years service and I cannot address all. I definitely relate and feel the angst many of you feel. I don't really have too many answers either its a challenging situation. As regards grading it might be helpful to try and consider the situation from many perspectives. For example imagine you have a straight A student who is working really hard at … Read More

    I have read all these comments with great interest as a teacher of 30+ years service and I cannot address all. I definitely relate and feel the angst many of you feel. I don’t really have too many answers either its a challenging situation. As regards grading it might be helpful to try and consider the situation from many perspectives. For example imagine you have a straight A student who is working really hard at all this thing online schooling and who may be faced with the prospective of No grade or a Pass/ Fail situation for all their hard work. Now imagine you are the parent of a student who had some failing grades. You might see No grades as a great idea but Pass /Fail as not good especially if there are no real support systems in place to address the reasons your child was struggling in the first place and no real way for them to make up missing work to attain PASS. I could go on but admin / teachers have to think through all of these different scenarios not just THEIR KID and come up with an equitable solution. Clearly not everyone will be happy.

    As far as falling behind – every year there are student who have terrible things happen to them, accidents illnesses and they miss months of school, whole semesters even. Parents worry they will fall behind. Its a legit concern as they are just one kid in this whole machine that marches on. However, the machine has stopped. Everyone is impacted. This cohort will be forever known as the cohort impacted by the pandemic, elementary schools, middle schools high schools, colleges will take this into consideration.
    Don’t know is this helps. Just my 2c

  15. Geoffery T Jensen 2 weeks ago2 weeks ago

    So we should just say to heck with grades and tests this year? How are our kids supposed to advance to the next grade? I’m not a teacher and I’m not exactly the greatest homeschooling parent. I cannot be the only parent asking this.

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    • Theresa Harrington 2 weeks ago2 weeks ago

      You are not the only parent asking this. Each district appears to be deciding whether or not to grade, so it’s best to check with your district. Those that don’t believe they can ensure equal access to learning materials, including laptops and Internet, are not grading work because they don’t want to penalize students who are unable to do it due to lack of access. Some districts are opting for pass/fail or credit/no credit options.

  16. Elizabeth Prussia 2 weeks ago2 weeks ago

    What about grading? If all home environments are not equitable, how do teachers grade students on the same standards? It has been very stressful during this pandemic for families with children, let alone worry about missing an assignment and getting a lower grade.

  17. Mike 2 weeks ago2 weeks ago

    I am a maintenance worker for a public school district. I have a newborn 5 weeks old and she has a heart condition, a small hole in her heart. I am being told by the district that I am an essential worker and have to be at work. I am terrified that I will catch the virus by going to work and transferring it to my daughter. What are my legal … Read More

    I am a maintenance worker for a public school district. I have a newborn 5 weeks old and she has a heart condition, a small hole in her heart. I am being told by the district that I am an essential worker and have to be at work. I am terrified that I will catch the virus by going to work and transferring it to my daughter. What are my legal rights in this situation? I know I can take family leave, but I would be at 50% of my pay and I can’t afford that right now..

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  18. Eddie 2 weeks ago2 weeks ago

    Regarding Questions 5 and 7, my district is requiring me to submit a list of students not completing work provided by the district or participating in distance learning so that my administrator may contact them and mandate them to do so.

    Is this legal? If not, what can I do if my union president sees nothing wrong with such a demand?

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    • Theresa Harrington 2 weeks ago2 weeks ago

      Requirements for students should be made clear in districtwide communications. Most districts are not requiring work because they cannot ensure that all students have access to computers and the Internet. However, some districts that are providing devices and are sure that students have internet access are looking at introducing new material after spring break, if school closures are extended.

  19. Monica V 2 weeks ago2 weeks ago

    I worked for a school district as a bil senior clerk long term sub. I was told that we won’t get paid even though my assignment is until June. I couldn’t find any information about if we will get pay or nor. The department I work for is an essential department for the district. Should I go ahead and apply for unemployment?

  20. Beckie 2 weeks ago2 weeks ago

    How do school counselors support students remotely during school shut downs if a teacher or other staff member dies of Covid-19?

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    • Theresa Harrington 2 weeks ago2 weeks ago

      Counselors can support students via Zoom or google classroom, emails and sometimes phone calls.

  21. Aine Walsh 2 weeks ago2 weeks ago

    What happens if school does not resume? That would be almost four months without classroom instruction for a kindergartner who needs that developmentally. Will they struggle and continue to be behind in first grade?

  22. Lesli 2 weeks ago2 weeks ago

    What about grading? If all home environments are not equitable, how do teachers grade students on the same standards?
    Also, regarding IEPs, some districts are suspending the meetings for now and some are not.

    I feel that the state needs to make a decision across the board with teacher and district responsibilities.

  23. Paritosh 2 weeks ago2 weeks ago

    Thanks, Theresa for this informative article and proper guidelines to fight against Covid- 19. You have explained each unit with real ease. I will share this article with the faculty of Ampitheater.

  24. Reddy 2 weeks ago2 weeks ago

    I have the same questions as Tiffany. Will high school students have an opportunity to raise their grades? If students show responsibility in learning, can teachers give them extra credit assignments to motivate the students to raise grades and to engage these students in learning!

  25. David sencion 2 weeks ago2 weeks ago

    I have a child my wife is a nurse and I’m in the supply chain industry and we are both working. Now my job is flexible but I would like to know: Does California support stay at home with child since the school is closed now and I have no babysitter? What is the ruling on this with my employer?

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    • Zaidee Stavely 2 weeks ago2 weeks ago

      Hi David, If you’re unable to work your normal hours remotely because you are caring for your child, and you have no other care available, you may be eligible for Unemployment Insurance, which pays benefits that range from $40-$450 per week. If you are caring for an ill or quarantined family member with COVID-19 (certified by a medical professional), you can file a Paid Family Leave (PFL) claim for up to six weeks. That pays about … Read More

      Hi David,

      If you’re unable to work your normal hours remotely because you are caring for your child, and you have no other care available, you may be eligible for Unemployment Insurance, which pays benefits that range from $40-$450 per week. If you are caring for an ill or quarantined family member with COVID-19 (certified by a medical professional), you can file a Paid Family Leave (PFL) claim for up to six weeks. That pays about 60-70 percent of wages (depending on income) and ranges from $50-$1,300 a week. There is more information here: https://www.edd.ca.gov/about_edd/coronavirus-2019.htm

      • Zaidee Stavely 2 weeks ago2 weeks ago

        Also, a federal law says starting April 2, if your employer has fewer than 500 employees, your employer is required to provide you with 12 weeks of job-protected, paid leave, at 2/3 your normal pay rate, up to $200 per day, under the Families First Coronavirus Response Act. However, if your employer has fewer than 50 employees, it may seek an exemption. If your employer has 25 or more employees working at the same location in … Read More

        Also, a federal law says starting April 2, if your employer has fewer than 500 employees, your employer is required to provide you with 12 weeks of job-protected, paid leave, at 2/3 your normal pay rate, up to $200 per day, under the Families First Coronavirus Response Act. However, if your employer has fewer than 50 employees, it may seek an exemption.

        If your employer has 25 or more employees working at the same location in California, you can take off up to 40 hours each year to address an emergency at your child’s day care or school, such as a coronavirus closure. But this could be unpaid or paid, depending on your employer’s policies.

  26. Tiffany 2 weeks ago2 weeks ago

    What about high school students and grades? Will they get the opportunity to raise their grades? We closed March 13 – that’s a long time till the end of the semester. One bad test shouldn’t define your grade for the semester. It’s so frustrating. These grades are on transcripts, and my kid has plans for college! Ugh!

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    • Bianca 2 weeks ago2 weeks ago

      Tiffany I asked the same question to the teachers in my district and was told no, they will not be given grades for work or extra credit, due to the fact not everyone has a device or WiFi and it makes it unfair among the students. I’m not very pleased with how things are being handled.

  27. Amber 3 weeks ago3 weeks ago

    What will happen if they do close school for the rest of the school year ?

  28. Shandra Anderson 3 weeks ago3 weeks ago

    My credit card was just charged April’s tuition on March 20th by my son’s preschool which includes child daycare 5 days a week. The school has been closed since March 13th and no definitive reopen date. This is a complete hardship as I am having to pay another person to watch my child and am expecting my husband to lose his job next week. If they are not able to provide this … Read More

    My credit card was just charged April’s tuition on March 20th by my son’s preschool which includes child daycare 5 days a week. The school has been closed since March 13th and no definitive reopen date. This is a complete hardship as I am having to pay another person to watch my child and am expecting my husband to lose his job next week. If they are not able to provide this service, I do not feel they should charge us parents. Other local preschools have suspended tuition. I am trying to be reasonable but this is a hardship on families too, please provide some guidance. Thank you!

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    • Andi 2 weeks ago2 weeks ago

      I am wondering the same thing. Many other schools in our area of Northern CA are suspending tuition, but our Montessori hasn’t said anything on the matter yet.

      • Zaidee Stavely 2 weeks ago2 weeks ago

        Hi Shandra and Andi, Whether or not a child care center can continue to charge a parent tuition during this emergency depends on what the parent contract says. Many centers do depend on parent tuition to pay teachers. If the federal stimulus package includes more unemployment insurance and grants and loans for small businesses, there may be other options now.

  29. Andrea 3 weeks ago3 weeks ago

    I wanted to know, what will happen now that the schools are closed, my son is a senior and so does this mean they will not walk the stage. Will they pass students automatically. Will he have to return to school for a semester when this is all over?

  30. theresa farr 3 weeks ago3 weeks ago

    Please help. My daughter is in her last semester at Grossmont College as an OTA and they cancelled their last remaining clinical hours due to the Covid-19 shelter in place. Can this keep her from graduating in June on schedule if she can’t meet the required hours onsite for clinical if everything was completed and she passes her final exam?

    This is very important due to her acceptance into a 4-year to get her bachelor’s and that starts Aug 24.

  31. Jennifer 3 weeks ago3 weeks ago

    With all the clearly necessary social distancing and health precautions for K-12 students, why are our state and federally funded 3-5 1\2 year olds being left in the the deadly ashes? Who is advocating for the health and well-being of this vulnerable population? We are being told that business is as usual starting this Monday, as all other businesses and schools continue to close until further notice. What the holy hell?

  32. Rachel 3 weeks ago3 weeks ago

    If schools remain closed for the 2019-2020 school year, how will that affect students that were supposed to graduate? No graduating class of 2020?

  33. Theresa 3 weeks ago3 weeks ago

    Are licensed daycare providers being compensated for closing do to the coronavirus outbreak? As schools are.

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  34. Julianne 3 weeks ago3 weeks ago

    Will K-12 students have to repeat the grade for next school year?

  35. Coi 3 weeks ago3 weeks ago

    How about childcare centers' tuition refunds? My child's preschool has voluntarily decided to close for 3 weeks (California is not forcing essential services like this to close their doors, by the way.) Now I need to either take unpaid time off from work or pay for a babysitter; but the school does not want to give refunds saying that it is in the contract. However, the contract does not mention events similar to this pandemic. … Read More

    How about childcare centers’ tuition refunds? My child’s preschool has voluntarily decided to close for 3 weeks (California is not forcing essential services like this to close their doors, by the way.) Now I need to either take unpaid time off from work or pay for a babysitter; but the school does not want to give refunds saying that it is in the contract. However, the contract does not mention events similar to this pandemic. I talked to the region’s childcare licensing office and they say they don’t take financial complains. Isn’t it wrong that the school is not issuing refunds? What do you advise me to do?

  36. Kani 3 weeks ago3 weeks ago

    Now that some schools are closed till next fall, will students (elementary/Jr. High/High School) be able to go on to the next grade when school continues again next fall or will they have to start their grade where they left off all over again?

  37. Linda Dionne 3 weeks ago3 weeks ago

    Will seniors be graduating on time? Can you please provide me with information regarding seniors.

  38. Karen 3 weeks ago3 weeks ago

    Does anyone know if quarter grades or semester grades will still be turned in by teachers?

  39. abril 3 weeks ago3 weeks ago

    if your school closes down, then when do kids go back to school?

  40. T 3 weeks ago3 weeks ago

    I find it interesting that private schools such as Montessori, are able to make their own choice to stay open and expose the kids to this unnecessary risk. It seems like they are more interested in their own financial consideration instead of the safety of their students. We have a child at a Montessori in Granite Bay, and many of the parents we have spoken to here are concerned about this.

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    • Ali DeFazio 3 days ago3 days ago

      Hi T. I'm a reporter for the New York Times working on a story about the last school still open in California (Outside Creek, which is mentioned in this article). I'm trying to find if there are private schools still open. Is Granite Bay Montessori still open? You can email me at alidefazio@berkeley.edu. Thank you so much. Read More

      Hi T. I’m a reporter for the New York Times working on a story about the last school still open in California (Outside Creek, which is mentioned in this article). I’m trying to find if there are private schools still open. Is Granite Bay Montessori still open? You can email me at alidefazio@berkeley.edu. Thank you so much.

  41. Ason 3 weeks ago3 weeks ago

    If we miss too many dates, will we have to repeat the grade?

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    • Ason Frederick 3 weeks ago3 weeks ago

      If we miss too many days because of the Corona Virus, can the schoolboard make us repeat the grade?

  42. Kiara 3 weeks ago3 weeks ago

    Will schools have to make up the time from being away of school even if it’s a state emergency?

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    • John Fensterwald 3 weeks ago3 weeks ago

      Kiara, Gov. Newsom’s order permits schools to fall below the 175-day minimum for instructional days this year as a result of the coronavirus, but it will depend on how long schools end up being closed and whether the state will reimburse for made-up time that districts choose to add on. More may become clearer on Tuesday, when the state issues further guidance.

  43. Kerrie gulley 4 weeks ago4 weeks ago

    Should teachers be forced to return to work to prepare materials?

  44. Kelly Wade 4 weeks ago4 weeks ago

    Will at-home daycares close?

  45. Korina Serrano 4 weeks ago4 weeks ago

    Are schools mandated to close down since now there are increasing cases of COVID-19 in the community, especially LA County? My school seems to not care despite the advice from the CDC and all other government institutions. Our school doesn’t even sanitize. All our ~500 graduate students and school staff are concerned about our safety. Where can we report our school?

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    • John Fensterwald 4 weeks ago4 weeks ago

      All school districts in Los Angeles County will be closed next week. Check our database for the district in which your school is located.

  46. D 4 weeks ago4 weeks ago

    While I think resources for families are needed, and San Francisco is providing space at libraries and rec centers, I don’t think that is the right way to “contain” the virus. Kids don’t wash their hands as well as they should, especially at the elementary level, K-5, among other things such as up close and personal contact with each other and with adults. I hope this great resource doesn’t spread the virus more.
    Stay safe everyone!

  47. Kids Matters Academy LA 90008 4 weeks ago4 weeks ago

    South Los Angeles moms who would like a safe place for kids to go play can google Leimert Park in Los Angeles find for an indoor Rec Center. It is east of Crenshaw/Leimert in 1/2 mi ratios.

    Corona virus can be in low income communities too. Please help our Cause for Kids Safety and Health. Plus get the coaches over here too. Thanks.

  48. Guy Johnson 4 weeks ago4 weeks ago

    Is the government helping us parents that have to abruptly relocate our children from college, due to school and dorm shutdown, with UHhaul and transportation cost due to the coronavirus?

  49. Navpreet 4 weeks ago4 weeks ago

    Do the students need to make up school time because of the coronavirus or do they still end school as planed?

  50. Christine Collins 4 weeks ago4 weeks ago

    I am a preschool director in San Diego and am increasingly frustrated because no one seems to have any guidance for us! We are not protected by unions or big business . Our school district has closed and we want to support the health crisis and feel closure for us is imminent, but don't know what to … Read More

    I am a preschool director in San Diego and am increasingly frustrated because no one seems to have any guidance for us! We are not protected by unions or big business . Our school district has closed and we want to support the health crisis and feel closure for us is imminent, but don’t know what to do . How will I pay my staff? Who will take care of their school age children if we remain open? How will our parents be able to work if we close ?

  51. Teresa Williams 4 weeks ago4 weeks ago

    How will this absence of several weeks of instruction affect semester grades? My student is a senior in high school; will she be able to graduate in June as planned?

  52. Judith And Stewart Epstein 4 weeks ago4 weeks ago

    Our young grandchildren’s schools have been closed. They have not knowingly been exposed to the virus, but as my husband and I are in our mid-seventies (healthy), they’ve been advised to not share space with us. How long should this be in effect? Indefinitely? I’m told they can carry without symptoms. Is this overkill or just the amount of caution that is now being advised? How about outdoor visiting, no kissing (maybe on the head…)?

  53. Senior Student 4 weeks ago4 weeks ago

    It has been said that schools in the CJUH School District (Etiwanda, Rancho, Los Osos, etc.) have not been instructed to shut down. However, all staff members have been instructed to have a plan set in stone in the event of closure; meaning if we were told today that we are being shut down, we would have to continue instruction the next day via google hangout or whichever software our teachers have decided to set … Read More

    It has been said that schools in the CJUH School District (Etiwanda, Rancho, Los Osos, etc.) have not been instructed to shut down. However, all staff members have been instructed to have a plan set in stone in the event of closure; meaning if we were told today that we are being shut down, we would have to continue instruction the next day via google hangout or whichever software our teachers have decided to set up.

    Something I’m on the edge about is the “no more than 250 people in one space,” there are nearly 4,000 students at my school in particular, Etiwanda HS, so activities such as rallies have been cancelled, band festivals, etc. Yet, here we are still in the classroom, walking from class to class, going to lunch, using the same restrooms, not being provided with the necessary sanitation such as: hand sanitizer, sanitizing wipes, etc. We just received soap in our bathrooms after being completely soapless for days on at a time and this had gone on for months. There’s more to every situation, however. I’m am simply looking at the facts presented directly in front of me. They are doing a great job keeping us updated, however, it seems as if they are just repeating themselves and spreading false information (mainly about providing extensive sanitation).

  54. Amy Margolis 4 weeks ago4 weeks ago

    My daughter is being sent home from UC Santa Cruz; all friends in private school in Los Angeles have school closures. My two boys, 16 and 12, are in public school in LAUSD. As a concerned parent and citizen of the world, my instinct is to keep them home. I am echoing a question from another comment on this board. Will we be penalized for these absences?

  55. Roman Stearns 4 weeks ago4 weeks ago

    Great, comprehensive article. Thanks.

    A conference that has been modified (i.e., moved to virtual) is Carnegie Foundation Summit on Improvement in Education, April 1-3, formerly scheduled for San Francisco.

  56. Susanna 4 weeks ago4 weeks ago

    I am a concerned parent in Orange County. Considering the declared state of emergency in CA, and the recent rapid move to online learning from many state universities, will we be put on the SARB list if we voluntarily keep our child home from elementary school due to an abundance of caution? Our household is at high risk from COVID-19 due to underlying chronic medical conditions. Will truancy laws still apply in this … Read More

    I am a concerned parent in Orange County. Considering the declared state of emergency in CA, and the recent rapid move to online learning from many state universities, will we be put on the SARB list if we voluntarily keep our child home from elementary school due to an abundance of caution? Our household is at high risk from COVID-19 due to underlying chronic medical conditions. Will truancy laws still apply in this circumstance? This is important information to know!

  57. Lisa 1 month ago1 month ago

    Should the 8th grade trips to DC/NY over spring break continue as planned or should they be cancelled?

  58. Bonnie McLafferty 1 month ago1 month ago

    I grew up in the pre-vaccine era. During that time quarantine was the only effective weapon against the spread of communicable disease. Of course, we have become more mobile and a nonconforming society since then. We are forced to go to our respective jobs while ill for fear of getting fired, we send our kids to school sometimes when they are ill ( unless fever exceeds 101) nonetheless, they are still ill. I worked with … Read More

    I grew up in the pre-vaccine era. During that time quarantine was the only effective weapon against the spread of communicable disease. Of course, we have become more mobile and a nonconforming society since then. We are forced to go to our respective jobs while ill for fear of getting fired, we send our kids to school sometimes when they are ill ( unless fever exceeds 101) nonetheless, they are still ill. I worked with young children (under 5) for 20 years. This does happen ( I was sick more times than I can count.). The future may require increased quarantines as new viruses develop.

  59. Robyn A. 1 month ago1 month ago

    As a public school teacher in California, I am shocked our schools have not been closed. So many events have been cancelled, yet thousands of teachers, staff, and students go to school every day with the possibility of coming into contact with the virus or exposing a whole school/classroom with the virus. I cannot tell you how many of my students come on a daily basis with horrible cough, runny nose, and congestion. … Read More

    As a public school teacher in California, I am shocked our schools have not been closed. So many events have been cancelled, yet thousands of teachers, staff, and students go to school every day with the possibility of coming into contact with the virus or exposing a whole school/classroom with the virus. I cannot tell you how many of my students come on a daily basis with horrible cough, runny nose, and congestion. I will be very upset that Governor Newsom didn’t close schools if I or anyone at my school gets Coronavirus.

  60. Jayme cross 1 month ago1 month ago

    My son’s 6th grade class is scheduled to go on a 4 day trip to Westminster woods. No information good or bad has been discussed by our school or the camp. The cost for each child to attend is well over $600 and my concern is that a parent might focus on the potential monetary loss rather that the health risk to the other campers. Should I be concerned?

  61. sarah shelby 1 month ago1 month ago

    As students need to stay home from school if they are showing any symptoms of being sick, are there any plans to modify the absenteeism policy of the schools? Currently if you miss more than 8 days, you go on the SARB list and once on this list you must have a doctor's note or it become a truancy. For a lot of students it is not possible to get a doctor's note due to … Read More

    As students need to stay home from school if they are showing any symptoms of being sick, are there any plans to modify the absenteeism policy of the schools? Currently if you miss more than 8 days, you go on the SARB list and once on this list you must have a doctor’s note or it become a truancy. For a lot of students it is not possible to get a doctor’s note due to time and lack of finances.

  62. Shannon 1 month ago1 month ago

    If your child has a cough, stuffy nose and displaying cold symptoms, should you keep them home from high school and for how long?

  63. Julia 1 month ago1 month ago

    Thank you for the thorough information.
    I have shared it with my child school and friends and family.

    Be well,

    Julia