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This Q & A is being updated to reflect latest developments. It was last updated Sept. 11 at 6 p.m.

Q: What challenges do schools face to delivering online learning to all students? 

A: One of the biggest challenges to switching to distance learning for many districts has been little to no access to computers or internet at home.

California needs more than 700,000 laptops and 300,000 Wi-Fi hotspots to connect all students to the internet from home, according to recent estimates from the California Department of Education.

To fill those gaps, the California Department of Education launched a statewide task force focused on connecting students with technology at home and created the California Bridging the Digital Divide Fund to collect donations of funds and technology to students in preschool through 12th grade. Individual contributions can be made through the GoFundMe campaign. Institutional and corporate donors are invited to contact Mary Nicely at mnicely@cde.ca.gov.

The California state budget also includes $5.3 billion in “Learning Loss Mitigation Funding” that school districts can apply for to help pay for distance learning and strategies to help students overcome learning loss.

Q: When can schools open for in-person instruction? 

A: Gov. Newsom issued new guidance on Aug. 28 that changed the way the state monitors counties to determine when schools can open for in-person instruction. He introduced a four-tiered, color-coded system that tracks counties by the number of new Covid-19 cases per day and the percentage of positive cases out of the total tests averaged over seven days. 

Purple, or Tier 1, indicates that the virus is widespread in the county and public and private schools cannot reopen for in-person instruction unless they receive an elementary waiver for students in grades K-6 or are following guidance for small groups of children, known as “cohorts.” Red (Tier 2) indicates “substantial” spread of the virus, while orange (Tier 3) indicates “moderate” spread and yellow (Tier 4) indicates “minimal” spread of the virus in the county.

Counties that move from purple to red can open for in-person instruction after they have remained in the red tier for 14 days. Schools that open while their county is rated red, but then move back up to purple may remain open, but must increase Covid-19 testing for staff, according to reopening guidance released July 17. 

However, schools must close if 5% of staff and/or students have tested positive within a 14-day period, and districts must close if one-quarter of the schools in the district have closed within 14 days due to Covid-19 cases.

Q. What plans are being made for California schools to reopen?

Many districts are still in the process of finalizing plans for reopening in person based on state and county guidance, as well as state law.

This fall, schools have been told to “offer in-person instruction to the greatest extent possible” according to AB-77, the education trailer bill accompanying the 2020-21 budget. However, schools can only do this if they are not in counties rated purple on the four-tiered list,or if they are elementary schools that have received waivers or are following small group guidance (see above item). Schools can offer distance learning if ordered by a state or local health official, or for students who are medically at-risk or are self-quarantining because of exposure to Covid-19. Some school districts are also offering distance learning to any families that are not comfortable sending their children to campuses until a Covid-19 vaccine is widely available.

Previous guidance from the California Department of Education on June 8 recommended limiting the number of students physically on campus at the same time for in-person instruction and considering strategies such as hybrid learning models where students participate in a mix of in-person and online classes. However, as of Sept. 8, 33 counties including 681 school districts and 944 charter schools that educate a total of more than 4 million public school students were in counties rated purple, not including private schools, resulting in most schools starting the school year with distance learning.

AB-77 requires teachers to confirm that students have the necessary technology at home to participate in distance learning. Teachers participating in distance learning are expected to interact with students live daily to teach, monitor progress and maintain personal connections. The bill also instructs teachers to communicate with parents about their children’s learning progress.

Additional requirements for distance learning outlined in the trailer bill include creating procedures for re-engaging students who are absent for more than 60% of instruction per week and providing academic supports for English learners and students who have fallen behind academically. Progress can be assessed through a variety of ways including evidence of online activities, assignment completion and contact between school staff and students or their parents.

According to Department of Public Health guidance, students should expect to wash their hands and have their temperature taken often. Staff and students in grades 3-12 must wear masks and younger students are encouraged to do so. Students must remain  in small groups of classmates known as “cohorts” at all times. Signs and taped marks on the floor can be used to inform them which direction to walk in and where to stand in hallways and in the cafeteria.

Q: Since Gov. Newsom issued an executive order ordering Californians to “stay at home” in March, he has begun loosening those restrictions in phases. What does that mean for parents and children?  

A: Initially, Californians were urged to leave home only for groceries, prescriptions, exercise or other “essential” business or activities and to stay at least 6 feet apart. Newsom’s order did not specify an end date.

He released a report card on May 4 that outlined four phases for reopening some businesses that allowed individual counties to reopen some businesses with modifications based on a county monitoring list. This process was replaced by the four-tiered color-coded system effective Aug. 31.

The state released initial guidance for schools on June 5.  On June 18, the state began requiring that people wear face masks outside their homes in most settings, except for children ages 2 and under and those with certain medical conditions.

Q: What are schools supposed to offer parents and children in 2020-21?

A: California schools are required to provide 180 days of instruction per year (175 days for charter schools). However, the minimum number of instructional minutes have been reduced, in an effort to offer teachers more flexibility during distance learning.

Previously, the typical minimum number of instructional minutes per day was: 200 for kindergarten, 280 for grades 1 to 3; 300 for grades 4 to 8, and 360 for high school. For the 2020-21 school year, the daily requirements have dropped to 180 minutes for kindergarten, 230 for grades 1 to 3, and 240 for grades 4 to 12. However, the state is not setting requirements stating how many minutes should be “synchronous,” or live, versus “asynchronous,” or delivered via online platforms or recorded videos that are not live.

The state has created a coronavirus website at www.covid19.ca.gov with an education page that includes links to guidance for K-12 schools and colleges and universities, as well as links to other resources for families and educators. And the California Department of Education has created a Coronavirus Response and School Reopening Guidance website with numerous resources.

Q: What about grading students’ work? 

A: It is up to local districts to decide whether or not to issue grades, but most will at the very least grade students using pass/no pass or credit/no credit. Due to the coronavirus, the California State University and the University of California agreed to accept credit/no credit or pass/fail for courses taken in 2019-20, including the A-G course sequence needed for admission, with no impact to grade point averages. The California Department of Education has released guidance on grading and graduation requirements here. Here’s an EdSource Quick Guide on grading.

Q: Are teachers taking attendance in 2020-21?

A: California bases funding to schools on average daily attendance, but districts won’t lose money if some students don’t participate in distance learning. However, schools are still required to track and report student participation.

Q: Will students still be required to take the state’s standardized Smarter Balanced tests in math and English language arts in grades 3-8 and 11 in spring 2021? 

A: The U.S. Department of Education granted waivers to all 50 states in 2019-20, exempting them from the testing requirement. However, on Sept. 3, U.S. Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos sent a letter to chief state school officials informing them that states should not expect waivers in 2020-21. This means that students will likely be required to take the tests this school year.  The test data are used in the state’s school accountability system, the California School Dashboard. The previously waived tests included the Smarter Balanced and science tests that assess the Next Generation Science Standards, and the English Language Proficiency Assessments for California for English learners. More information about how Covid-19 has affected the state’s accountability requirements is here.

Q: What about Advanced Placement tests, SAT and ACT tests?

A: Shortened versions of Advanced Placement exams were administered online in May and early June. The 45-minute tests, which were accessible by iPhones, were open-book and only included written responses, with no multiple choice questions. Security measures including anti-plagiarism software were 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. Information has not yet been released about how AP tests will be administered in 2020-21.

ACT is holding in-person exam sessions in September, October and December, but may offer online exams in 2021. Additional  information is available at www.ACT.org.

In-person SAT exams started up again August 29 and Sept. 3. Future tests are scheduled Oct. 3, Nov. 7 and Dec. 5. However, testing centers can close due to Covid-19 and all students who take tests must wear masks and adhere to other safety precautions. Students can obtain access to free online prep resources at https://www.khanacademy.org/sat

Both the University of California system and CSU systems have suspended admission requirements for SAT or ACT tests for the class of 2021 and the UC system decided in May to abandon the SAT and ACT exams as a freshman admission requirement and to develop its own substitute standardized test by 2025. However, some campuses initially gave students the option of submitting those test scores as part of their application. But, a judge ruled Sept. 1 that all UC campuses must suspend use of the tests in admissions decisions. Some students want to take the SAT/ACT but are finding it difficult to find scheduled exams.

Q: If school is closed, can parents still arrange play dates for their children, or have groups of children together to do homework?

A: Limiting social interactions for children with their friends is tough, but under the statewide order to “stay home,” children can not visit in their friends homes and the order specifies that babysitters or other caregivers can visit other homes, but with precautions for social distancing and hand washing. 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.

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

However, individual counties including Alameda and Contra Costa are allowing small groups called “social bubbles” to gather. According to Alameda County guidance, a social bubble must not have more than 12 individuals and can be comprised of a combination of ideally two or three households, but those in the social bubble must not participate in more than one social bubble in a three-week period. The social bubble must gather outdoors such as in a park or a backyard. Face coverings may be removed when eating or drinking and social bubbles must stay at least six feet away from other social bubbles.

Q: Can I still send my child to daycare or preschool? What about hiring a nanny or babysitter? 

The best way to help contain the spread of the coronavirus is to keep your child home. However, on June 5, the state issued guidelines for childcare centers, as various sectors in the state began to reopen, then followed up with updated guidance on July 17 for child care programs and providers. The state has also issued “Support for Working Families” guidance with additional information related to childcare and other resources. And some schools or community agencies are providing child care “learning hubs” for school-age children, where they can participate in the distance learning offered by their schools.

Q: Have any California schoolchildren or teachers been diagnosed with the coronavirus?

A: Yes. Of the 746,191 confirmed coronavirus cases in the state as of Sept. 10, 76,136 were children ages 0-17, 447,876 were adults between the ages of 18 and 49, 141,078 were adults between 50 and 64, 80,183 were adults 65 or older, and 918 were people whose ages were not known. Of the 14,089 deaths due to the virus, three were ages 5-17, including one teenager in the Central Valley with underlying health conditions. Details about which school he may have attended were not released.

Two K-12 students and one substitute teacher were publicly identified as testing positive for the virus before schools closed throughout the state last March. The students attended an elementary school in Elk Grove Unified and a private Catholic school operated by the San Francisco Archdiocese. The substitute teacher, who died March 15, worked in the Sacramento Unified School District.

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 schools are closed to in-person instruction that include suggested routines for continuing children’s education at home.

Information about testing sites and other resources is available on the state’s website.

Q: Especially now that many schools are closed indefinitely, 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 calmly, 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.

In addition, Burke-Harris stresses the need for adults to take care of themselves. She urges the public to visit www.covid19.ca.gov for coronavirus information and resources, which are updated regularly.

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, Diana Lambert, Ali Tadayon, Daniel J. Willis and Louis Freedberg contributed to this report

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  1. Billy mason 2 weeks ago2 weeks ago

    What about determining absences and SARB meetings?

  2. Andrea 2 months ago2 months ago

    Are students from the Class of 2022 required to take the SAT/ACT this year?

    Replies

    • Theresa Harrington 2 months ago2 months ago

      Both the University of California system and CSU systems have suspended admission requirements for SAT or ACT tests for the class of 2021. The UC system plans to create its own test for the class of 2022. However, other colleges and universities may require the SAT or ACT.

  3. Romo 2 months ago2 months ago

    I hear and read comments like I need to work, I have to do this and that but I can’t because of distance learning. My kid needs to go back to school etc etc... for those of you that are putting everything and anything else above your child’s life and wellbeing should stop being selfish. COVID-19 is real and deadly. You’re so used to thinking about yourself (Parents) that will give up everything (your child) … Read More

    I hear and read comments like I need to work, I have to do this and that but I can’t because of distance learning. My kid needs to go back to school etc etc… for those of you that are putting everything and anything else above your child’s life and wellbeing should stop being selfish. COVID-19 is real and deadly. You’re so used to thinking about yourself (Parents) that will give up everything (your child) just to go back to whatever seems to be more important to you.

    What can be more important to you than your child’s life and wellbeing? Stop being selfish and give your child the time and patience he/she needs for social learning to work. Everyone including schools give into money money money money because some bully and put at risk the most priceless gift we get blessed in our lifetime, our children just for the sake of what? … open your eyes America

  4. DM 3 months ago3 months ago

    I am absolutely livid! I spoke to the principal at my son's school and I am ready to tear my hair out. My husband and I work. WE NEED TO WORK!! More than likely he will need to be missing part of the day, not the entire day. Even though I explained this, she said the teachers will take attendance and any absences will be reported as trauncy to state, Thank you LAUSD for taking … Read More

    I am absolutely livid! I spoke to the principal at my son’s school and I am ready to tear my hair out. My husband and I work. WE NEED TO WORK!! More than likely he will need to be missing part of the day, not the entire day. Even though I explained this, she said the teachers will take attendance and any absences will be reported as trauncy to state, Thank you LAUSD for taking me to court for keeping a job and having to adjust to a schedule that is not myfault or my child’s.

  5. Mary Ameigh 4 months ago4 months ago

    This is all a disaster. Most children will not get a quality education. Being online for hours is detrimental to children, and besides if children can go to school online, why should they be stuck in the local system? Information, teachers and professors are available from across the globe. Many (most?) parents want their child in a school. Parents of means can make other educational choices and may very well not return to public schools.

  6. Kristal Duran 4 months ago4 months ago

    What if both parents are working full time? What are my resources? My kids are in K-5th and we work during the day. My school is planning on meeting everyday via zoom.

  7. James Haskins 4 months ago4 months ago

    Nowhere can I find what will happen when a student or teacher contracts COVID-19 during the upcoming school year. Does one case mean the whole school closes down? Are the expectations different for self-contained elementary classes than for middle or high school classes where students see multiple teachers and thus multiple groups of kids?

  8. Ismat Kamal 5 months ago5 months ago

    It’s a pity that Dr. Marken, a clear-thinking, direct-acting secretary, left at a time when he was most needed. His choice program was the most fair and balanced program, which was supported by 6 out of every 10 parents. It’s a pity that his successors have discarded that program without giving any plausible reason. If they persist with this, I’ll be forced to withdraw my children and go to home schooling.

  9. California Parent 5 months ago5 months ago

    I have a question. If a school is picking an am/pm option where the student will be in school for a maximum of three hours a day, is the school required to provide "supervision at no cost" until the minutes defined in AB-77 are met for the day? Or are schools allowed to provide fee based day care even if the minutes for the day are not met? Many schools (not socioeconomic based) that … Read More

    I have a question. If a school is picking an am/pm option where the student will be in school for a maximum of three hours a day, is the school required to provide “supervision at no cost” until the minutes defined in AB-77 are met for the day? Or are schools allowed to provide fee based day care even if the minutes for the day are not met?

    Many schools (not socioeconomic based) that are choosing the am/pm option are providing “supervision” free of cost while others are fee based. Thank you for any insight.

  10. Rachel Owen 5 months ago5 months ago

    Can somebody point me to the source of this: “For the 2020-21 school year, the daily requirements will drop to 180 minutes for kindergarten, 230 for grades 1 to 3 and 240 for grades 4 to 12.” I cannot find where this is stated as official.

    Replies

    • John Fensterwald 5 months ago5 months ago

      Rachel, see Assembly Bill 77, Section 43501.

  11. jeffrey tucker 6 months ago6 months ago

    Gavin Newsome said kids could repeat the year if decided by the parents. What happened to that?

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    • TM 5 months ago5 months ago

      I’m pretty sure you would have to contact your local school district to get an answer and see if your child can repeat a grade.

      • Raj 3 months ago3 months ago

        We want to repeat the grade (5th) for my child due to the challenges with on-line learning and other challenges. We checked with our current elementary school, but they are not considering/allowing to repeat grade. My child is one of the youngest in the class, and I do not think he is ready for the next grade in current situation. I really want to repeat the grade, and give my child gift of time. Can you please advise what I can do?

  12. Mariah 6 months ago6 months ago

    Can a student be denied graduating because of going in to the pandemic crisis with an F? The teacher only offered 2% grade raise during distance learning in San Diego.

  13. Kelle 6 months ago6 months ago

    Most of my 10th grader's teachers opted to take an early summer. A textbook reading assignment and a set of problems/assignments. for the week are emailed on Monday, posted to Google drive to turn in. No instruction. No checking in. My kid's grades were sliding and not one of their teachers reached out to support. They have a 504 plan and none of their accommodations can be supported without instruction. It's a joke. … Read More

    Most of my 10th grader’s teachers opted to take an early summer. A textbook reading assignment and a set of problems/assignments. for the week are emailed on Monday, posted to Google drive to turn in. No instruction. No checking in. My kid’s grades were sliding and not one of their teachers reached out to support. They have a 504 plan and none of their accommodations can be supported without instruction. It’s a joke. If the teachers don’t want to teach, they should all be furloughed and California students should be enrolled in an accredited online school that knows how to do distance learning.

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    • TM 6 months ago6 months ago

      I’m sorry that your son’s grades are slipping. It can be really frustrating to not know how to support our children. In my district, my children’s teachers have been available to them. But it still has been challenging. I understand that some of my children’s teachers are also struggling to teach their own children at home and others have spouses who have lost their jobs or income. So it is what it is.

  14. Sherry 6 months ago6 months ago

    Does anyone know at what stage we private music teachers can start teaching again in our home studio on a one to one basis? And I’ll assume that would include face masks and of course all of the other sanitary issues such as frequent hand washing, using disinfectants, etc.

  15. Paul Ellsworth 6 months ago6 months ago

    That 120 million we are giving illegal aliens would go along ways towards helping these students get connected.

  16. Kim 6 months ago6 months ago

    I have a 12th grader with an IEP. He has autism, he was doing good this year and really making progress, but ever since the stay at home order, he has regressed. Online work doesn't work with him; he lacks the structure of the classroom. My question is, do we have the option of allowing him to repeat the 12th grade? I contacted our case manager and he said he wouldn't be able to repeat. … Read More

    I have a 12th grader with an IEP. He has autism, he was doing good this year and really making progress, but ever since the stay at home order, he has regressed. Online work doesn’t work with him; he lacks the structure of the classroom.

    My question is, do we have the option of allowing him to repeat the 12th grade? I contacted our case manager and he said he wouldn’t be able to repeat. I am very upset about this since I do not feel he is in anyway ready to graduate and needs the extra time in an actual classroom. Do I have any rights to have him repeat since my case manager that handles our IEP just said no? Thanks.

    Replies

    • Jennifer 5 months ago5 months ago

      Children with disabilities have the right to a free public education and can attend thigh school or a votec school until they are 21.

  17. John Keynes 6 months ago6 months ago

    This is kind of a bonus, but I still hope the vaccine and drugs can be developed soon so that I can go out as I want without any masks. I think living with a senior, we have to pay more attention to protect ourselves from the coronavirus.

  18. Lori Bush 7 months ago7 months ago

    My daughter’s college prep Catholic high school gives the same homework with 1/2 or less of the teaching. Some teachers don’t seem to care. School work is brutal. The kids are burning out.

    How do I help my daughter?

  19. Monique 7 months ago7 months ago

    Are there any consequences for parents whoses children are not participating and turning in schoolwork in California?

  20. Gail Contreras 7 months ago7 months ago

    Children need to get back to school. Their herd immunity will help with stopping this virus spread. They can keep their elderly safe and away but the children must get back to school

  21. Worried 7 months ago7 months ago

    So kids wont start school till August 18. Can we as parents still take time off from work and get paid by EDD till August 18?

    I sure don’t want to send my child this early in time to a day care full of kids.

  22. hamner gen 7 months ago7 months ago

    i was wondering, how can my child receive a work permit when school is closed and the district won’t give any.

  23. concerned parent 7 months ago7 months ago

    How do we petition the state to create minimum requirements for instructional minutes and to police their “feasible” language. Our district has distributed machines and laptops, but we still have very minimal instruction. In the fall, there should be an instructional minute waiver only by exception. Our high school has typically 1-3 hour of live instruction per student per week. This is less than 10% of the requirement. The blanket waiver given allows this type of abuse.

  24. Jen 7 months ago7 months ago

    Distance learning has been working beautifully. As a mom with 6 kids ages 3rd grade through college we’ve been extremely impressed that the kids have been moving along with their curriculum and are learning just fine. We feel completely caught up and very thankful for the hard work of our teachers. Would love to see our start date pushed back to after Labor Day to give more time for safety sake, (and to progress … Read More

    Distance learning has been working beautifully. As a mom with 6 kids ages 3rd grade through college we’ve been extremely impressed that the kids have been moving along with their curriculum and are learning just fine. We feel completely caught up and very thankful for the hard work of our teachers. Would love to see our start date pushed back to after Labor Day to give more time for safety sake, (and to progress to a better calendar in general with mid-year finals in early February rather than December which has been tough for our high school kids. ) Regardless of the calendar, great job with distance learning. It’s worked well for us!

  25. Denise Wright 7 months ago7 months ago

    What guidelines are being given to high schools and districts with regards to graduation? Are there specific regulations that need to be followed? Is it up to the county, the district or the school to decide?

  26. herokiddos 7 months ago7 months ago

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    It’s also very challenging for adults to explain to them why and how they should behave. We are ready to cooperate on this matter. We are going to continue creating videos on this subject and are considering partnerships with different organizations. Please support our team:
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  27. Patricia Duarte 7 months ago7 months ago

    Is there a provision for single parents that have a 12 year old at home which must now be homeschooled. How am I supposed to homeschool her if I am at work?

  28. Dianah Wong 7 months ago7 months ago

    If shelter in place is lifted Before June, how are single parents supposed to go back to work when schools are closed until next school year?!!!

  29. Dylan Carruth 7 months ago7 months ago

    They are barely giving instruction. This has been totally unorganized. I have kid in special ed and they having him using broken Google classroom program that barely works and way too complicated. Now they trying to send a document for use to eSign for them not be held responsible for the online learning material. lol yeah, right. I'm not signing that so the school district can wash their hands of all responsibility for the online … Read More

    They are barely giving instruction. This has been totally unorganized. I have kid in special ed and they having him using broken Google classroom program that barely works and way too complicated. Now they trying to send a document for use to eSign for them not be held responsible for the online learning material. lol yeah, right. I’m not signing that so the school district can wash their hands of all responsibility for the online learning. I smell a lawsuit. This is ridiculous.

  30. Angel 8 months ago8 months ago

    Will students have to repeat the school year?

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    • John Fensterwald 8 months ago8 months ago

      No, Angel. That option has not been raised. Instead, state officials and districts are beginning to discuss how to make up the loss of learning, perhaps through summer school, perhaps in other ways.

  31. Debra Buckner 8 months ago8 months ago

    There are rumors that California will be keeping every child back this year is this true. My great grandson is in first grade and his mother treats their kitchen as a classroom and he gets his recess and lunch just like he would be in school and to keep him in first grade another yr isn’t right and I think could be more damaging. Thank you

    Replies

    • John Fensterwald 8 months ago8 months ago

      Debra, absolutely no truth to the rumor. The state’s focus will be on how to make up the learning loss that many students will experience, but there are no plans to hold all — or many — kids back. As before, individual teacher and principals, in collaboration with parents, will decide if it’s appropriate to retain a student in the same grade.

  32. Deann 8 months ago8 months 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.

  33. Anden 8 months ago8 months ago

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

    Replies

    • John Fensterwald 8 months ago8 months 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.

  34. Danielle Medina 8 months ago8 months ago

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

    Replies

    • Lisa L Disbrow 7 months ago7 months ago

      Your school district offers online kindergarten registration. Visit your school district website for info.

  35. Amanda Perez 8 months ago8 months 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 8 months ago8 months 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.

  36. Lance Atkinson 8 months ago8 months 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?

  37. Sally Jackson 8 months ago8 months 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 8 months ago8 months 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

      • Jacqueline Ramos 8 months ago8 months ago

        Could you call me? My 7 year old has problems and i need advice.

  38. Genesis 8 months ago8 months ago

    Will kids have to repeat the school year?

  39. Svetlana Jamou 8 months ago8 months 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 8 months ago8 months 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.

    • Harper 8 months ago8 months ago

      We are in the same situation with my son’s school. He is in Kindergarten and I absolutely feel like his school is taking advantage of parents. They are continuing to charge full tuition.

  40. Diane 8 months ago8 months 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.

  41. Jonathan Goldberg 8 months ago8 months 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.

  42. ritu 8 months ago8 months 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 8 months ago8 months 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.

  43. Steve 8 months ago8 months 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?

  44. Phil 8 months ago8 months 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.

  45. John Magee 8 months ago8 months 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

  46. Geoffery T Jensen 8 months ago8 months 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 8 months ago8 months 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.

  47. Elizabeth Prussia 8 months ago8 months 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.

  48. Mike 8 months ago8 months 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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  49. Eddie 8 months ago8 months 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 8 months ago8 months 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.

  50. Monica V 8 months ago8 months 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?

  51. Beckie 8 months ago8 months 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 8 months ago8 months ago

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

  52. Aine Walsh 8 months ago8 months 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?

  53. Lesli 8 months ago8 months 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.

  54. Paritosh 8 months ago8 months 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.

  55. Reddy 8 months ago8 months 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!

  56. David sencion 8 months ago8 months 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 8 months ago8 months 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 8 months ago8 months 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.

  57. Tiffany 8 months ago8 months 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 8 months ago8 months 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.

  58. Amber 8 months ago8 months ago

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

  59. Shandra Anderson 8 months ago8 months 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 8 months ago8 months 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 8 months ago8 months 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.

  60. Andrea 8 months ago8 months 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?

  61. theresa farr 8 months ago8 months 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.

  62. Jennifer 8 months ago8 months 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?

  63. Rachel 8 months ago8 months 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?

  64. Theresa 8 months ago8 months ago

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

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  65. Julianne 8 months ago8 months ago

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

  66. Coi 8 months ago8 months 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?

  67. Kani 8 months ago8 months 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?

  68. Linda Dionne 8 months ago8 months ago

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

  69. Karen 8 months ago8 months ago

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

  70. abril 8 months ago8 months ago

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

  71. T 8 months ago8 months 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 8 months ago8 months 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.

  72. Ason 8 months ago8 months ago

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

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    • Ason Frederick 8 months ago8 months ago

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

  73. Kiara 8 months ago8 months 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 8 months ago8 months 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.

  74. Kerrie gulley 8 months ago8 months ago

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

  75. Kelly Wade 8 months ago8 months ago

    Will at-home daycares close?

  76. Korina Serrano 8 months ago8 months 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 8 months ago8 months 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.

  77. D 8 months ago8 months 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!

  78. Kids Matters Academy LA 90008 8 months ago8 months 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.

  79. Guy Johnson 9 months ago9 months 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?

  80. Navpreet 9 months ago9 months ago

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

  81. Christine Collins 9 months ago9 months 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 ?

  82. Teresa Williams 9 months ago9 months 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?

  83. Judith And Stewart Epstein 9 months ago9 months 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…)?

  84. Senior Student 9 months ago9 months 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).

  85. Amy Margolis 9 months ago9 months 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?

  86. Roman Stearns 9 months ago9 months 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.

  87. Susanna 9 months ago9 months 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!

  88. Lisa 9 months ago9 months ago

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

  89. Bonnie McLafferty 9 months ago9 months 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.

  90. Robyn A. 9 months ago9 months 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.

  91. Jayme cross 9 months ago9 months 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?

  92. sarah shelby 9 months ago9 months 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.

  93. Shannon 9 months ago9 months 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?

  94. Julia 9 months ago9 months ago

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

    Be well,

    Julia