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This Q & A is being updated to reflect latest developments. It was last updated May 15 at 8:20 p.m.

Q: Are all schools in California closed?

A: Yes, all 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 are still at schools, including cafeteria workers. Districts consider schools open since they are offering online learning and instruction.

Outside Creek Elementary, a single K-8 school district in Tulare County, was the last school to remain open, but county officials said on April 27 that the school is now closed until further notice.

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. On April 21 during a press briefing by Gov. Newsom, First Partner Jennifer Siebel Newsom, said that “one in five students lack connectivity or an appropriate device for remote learning.” 

Districts and state leaders have rushed to get donated devices into students’ hands, but California still needs at least 447,451 laptops and 340,202 Wi-Fi hotspots to connect every student to internet at home, according to the latest numbers provided by the California Department of Education on May 4.

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.

Some students who have already received the free devices are still having trouble connecting. In Los Angeles, students have reported slow and unreliable internet and other challenges with sharing devices at home among siblings, while some rural areas without cell reception are unable to use the mobile WiFi devices at all.

Q: How long will schools be closed for in-person instruction? 

A:  That is still unclear. Currently, most schools in California are scheduled to be closed through the end of the school year — which in some cases is late May, in others early to mid-June.  

What will happen with summer school classes is still unknown in most cases. Los Angeles Unified and Oakland Unified plan to offer virtual summer classes to help students catch up on what they have missed. It is likely that many other districts will follow suit. 

Los Angeles Unified will remain closed through the end of the school year and will offer virtual summer school to help students catch up on what they missed. Los Angeles County Superintendent of Schools Debra Duardo has recommended that all 80 districts in the county extend their closures for the remainder of the school year, and nearly half had done so as of April 13.

Q: Are teachers still working?

A: Yes, but their duties and responsibilities have changed. 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.

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

There is a widespread expectation that schools will reopen in the fall, but it is far from clear whether they will reopen in the same way they were operating previously.

Gov. Newsom has laid out several conditions for lifting shelter in place orders currently in place in California, and the state is nowhere near meeting them. In his Daily briefing on April 14, he said if schools were to open in the fall, they would probably have to implement a range of strategies to ensure a modicum of “social distancing” in the schools. Some of these strategies could include: staggered schedules for different groups of students, and limiting the number of students during meal distribution and in activities such as assemblies, physical education classes and recess.

Newsom said changes in school schedules would have to be negotiated with labor unions. Although he did not specifically address sports or events such as Back to School nights, Newsom said he expected large gatherings would be “negligible at best until we get to herd immunity and a vaccine.” But he emphasized that that local health and school officials would help to determine when campuses can safely reopen in different parts of the state.

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?  

A: Initially, Californians were urged to leave home only for groceries, prescriptions, exercise or other “essential” business or activities. When going out, people are required to stay at least 6 feet apart and are encouraged to wear face masks. Newsom’s order does not specify an end date. However, he released a report card on May 4 that outlined four phases for reopening some businesses with modifications in phase 2, which began May 8 and did not include schools. On May 13, he announced that several counties had met criteria for reopening additional businesses with modifications. These can include K-12 schools, but not higher education. The following counties have pursued broader phase 2 openings: Amador, Butte, Calaveras, Colusa, El Dorado, Glenn, Lassen, Nevada, Placer, Plumas, San Benito, Shasta, Sierra, Sutter, Tehama, Tuolumne and Yuba.

Phase 3 is expected to include higher education and phase 4 will include large gatherings such as sporting events.

In the Bay Area, six counties — Alameda, Contra Costa, Marin, San Francisco, San Mateo and Santa Clara — have extended similar shelter in place orders through the end of May. Los Angeles County announced in May that it expects its “safer at home” and business closures order to extend through “the next few months,” but began loosening restrictions in some areas such as beaches. Solano County has extended its shelter in place order to May 17, and Napa County has amended its shelter at home order, making it indefinite. Many counties are also requiring residents to wear face masks.

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 are at www.parks.ca.gov.

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

A: Schools have provided millions of “grab and go” meals to students since campuses closed. As of  April 20, Los Angeles Unified had distributed more than 10 million meals to students and families in the first three weeks of school closures. Though each district has a different distribution system in place, in most cases students or their parents can travel by foot, bike, car or public transit to pick up the meals. Some districts like Oakland Unified open a few days a week and allow people to pick up enough meals for several days, while others like Los Angeles Unified offer daily meal distribution. Several districts have partnered with food banks and other organizations to provide families with groceries and supplies in addition to meals for students.

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

A:  According to Gov. Newsom’s executive order on March 13, in order to receive state funding, districts are required to offer “high quality education opportunities” such as online learning, take-home materials or independent study — but only “to the extent feasible.” They are also expected to offer free and reduced priced meals to low-income students, and to provide “to the extent practical” supervision for students during ordinary school hours. The latter requirement was intended to meet the needs of parents who had no child care alternatives, but it has not been implemented to any great extent. 

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.  The California Department of Education is also updating parents regarding resources and other information in newsletters here.

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

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. The California State University and the University of California have agreed to accept credit/no credit or pass/fail for courses, 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?

A: Though the California Department of Education is not requiring districts to take roll at this time in order to receive state funds based on attendance, it is encouraging districts to keep track of how many students are participating in distance learning. Additionally, teachers are taking it upon themselves to stay in touch with students, both to make sure they are keeping up with their coursework and to make sure they are getting the resources and support they need.

Q: Will students still be required to take the state’s standardized Smarter Balanced tests in math and English language arts 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 spring. 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.

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

A: Shortened versions of Advanced Placement exams will be administered online from May 11-22. The 45-minute tests, which are accessible by iPhones, 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.

Both the SAT and ACT are preparing online, at-home versions of those important tests for possible widespread use in the fall if schools and testing sites don’t reopen.

ACT canceled its April 4 national ACT test date but expects to hold exam sessions in June, July, September, October and December, depending on when schools reopen. All students who were registered for a now canceled 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 canceled its May and June SAT administrations. Registered students may receive refunds or can get priority access to reschedule their dates. If stay-at-home rules are lifted, in-person SAT exams will start up again August 29 and a September date will be added to the schedule of tests in October, November and December. Students can obtain access to free online prep resources at https://www.khanacademy.org/sat.

However, both the University of California system and CSU systems have suspended admission requirements for SAT or ACT tests for the class of 2021.

Q: If school is closed, can parents still arrange playdates 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. “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: 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. Child care, preschool, and babysitters should only be serving the children of essential workers during the stay-at-home order.  

If you are an essential worker, you can still hire a babysitter or nanny to come to your house, or you can send your child to a child care or preschool program, if it is open, and you may be eligible for free child care, if you have no other available care. You can find a child care program by calling your child care resource and referral agency.

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

A: Yes. Of the 33,261 confirmed coronavirus cases in the state as of April 20, 683 were children ages 0-17, 15,901 were adults between the ages of 18 and 49, 8,961 were adults between 50 and 64, 7,650 were adults 65 or older, and 66 were people whose ages were not known. Of the 1,268 deaths due to the virus, one was a 17-year-old boy who lived in Lancaster, in Los Angeles County. However, that case was being further evaluated to determine whether there was an alternative cause of death. 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. 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.

Since schools closed, Oakland Unified announced on April 17 that two people who were district staff members or volunteers had tested positive for the coronavirus, after participating in the district’s food distribution program and technology device distribution more than a week before. However, the district did not name the locations where they assisted, to protect their privacy.

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: Especially now that most 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 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.

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, Ali Tadayon and Louis Freedberg contributed to this report

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  1. Mariah 1 week ago1 week 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.

  2. Kelle 1 week ago1 week 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 1 day ago1 day 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.

  3. Sherry 2 weeks ago2 weeks 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.

  4. Paul Ellsworth 2 weeks ago2 weeks ago

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

  5. Kim 3 weeks ago3 weeks 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.

  6. John Keynes 3 weeks ago3 weeks 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.

  7. Lori Bush 4 weeks ago4 weeks 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?

  8. Monique 4 weeks ago4 weeks ago

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

  9. Gail Contreras 4 weeks ago4 weeks 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

  10. Worried 1 month ago1 month 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.

  11. hamner gen 1 month ago1 month ago

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

  12. concerned parent 1 month ago1 month 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.

  13. Jen 1 month ago1 month 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!

  14. Denise Wright 1 month ago1 month 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?

  15. herokiddos 1 month ago1 month ago

    During the coronavirus outbreak, it’s especially important for kids to know and understand the current situation and their role.

    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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  16. Patricia Duarte 2 months ago2 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?

  17. Dianah Wong 2 months ago2 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?!!!

  18. Dylan Carruth 2 months ago2 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.

  19. Angel 2 months ago2 months ago

    Will students have to repeat the school year?

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    • John Fensterwald 2 months ago2 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.

  20. Debra Buckner 2 months ago2 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

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    • John Fensterwald 2 months ago2 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.

  21. Deann 2 months ago2 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.

  22. Anden 2 months ago2 months ago

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

    Replies

    • John Fensterwald 2 months ago2 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.

  23. Danielle Medina 2 months ago2 months ago

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

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    • Lisa L Disbrow 1 month ago1 month ago

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

  24. Amanda Perez 2 months ago2 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 2 months ago2 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.

  25. Lance Atkinson 2 months ago2 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?

  26. Sally Jackson 2 months ago2 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 2 months ago2 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 2 months ago2 months ago

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

  27. Genesis 2 months ago2 months ago

    Will kids have to repeat the school year?

  28. Svetlana Jamou 2 months ago2 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 2 months ago2 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 2 months ago2 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.

  29. Diane 2 months ago2 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.

  30. Jonathan Goldberg 2 months ago2 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.

  31. ritu 2 months ago2 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 2 months ago2 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.

  32. Steve 2 months ago2 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?

  33. Phil 2 months ago2 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.

  34. John Magee 2 months ago2 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

  35. Geoffery T Jensen 2 months ago2 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 2 months ago2 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.

  36. Elizabeth Prussia 2 months ago2 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.

  37. Mike 2 months ago2 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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  38. Eddie 2 months ago2 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 2 months ago2 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.

  39. Monica V 2 months ago2 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?

  40. Beckie 2 months ago2 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 2 months ago2 months ago

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

  41. Aine Walsh 2 months ago2 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?

  42. Lesli 2 months ago2 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.

  43. Paritosh 2 months ago2 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.

  44. Reddy 2 months ago2 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!

  45. David sencion 2 months ago2 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 2 months ago2 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 2 months ago2 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.

  46. Tiffany 2 months ago2 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 2 months ago2 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.

  47. Amber 3 months ago3 months ago

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

  48. Shandra Anderson 3 months ago3 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 2 months ago2 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 2 months ago2 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.

  49. Andrea 3 months ago3 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?

  50. theresa farr 3 months ago3 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.

  51. Jennifer 3 months ago3 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?

  52. Rachel 3 months ago3 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?

  53. Theresa 3 months ago3 months ago

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

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  54. Julianne 3 months ago3 months ago

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

  55. Coi 3 months ago3 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?

  56. Kani 3 months ago3 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?

  57. Linda Dionne 3 months ago3 months ago

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

  58. Karen 3 months ago3 months ago

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

  59. abril 3 months ago3 months ago

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

  60. T 3 months ago3 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 2 months ago2 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.

  61. Ason 3 months ago3 months ago

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

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    • Ason Frederick 3 months ago3 months ago

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

  62. Kiara 3 months ago3 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 3 months ago3 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.

  63. Kerrie gulley 3 months ago3 months ago

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

  64. Kelly Wade 3 months ago3 months ago

    Will at-home daycares close?

  65. Korina Serrano 3 months ago3 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 3 months ago3 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.

  66. D 3 months ago3 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!

  67. Kids Matters Academy LA 90008 3 months ago3 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.

  68. Guy Johnson 3 months ago3 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?

  69. Navpreet 3 months ago3 months ago

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

  70. Christine Collins 3 months ago3 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 ?

  71. Teresa Williams 3 months ago3 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?

  72. Judith And Stewart Epstein 3 months ago3 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…)?

  73. Senior Student 3 months ago3 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).

  74. Amy Margolis 3 months ago3 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?

  75. Roman Stearns 3 months ago3 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.

  76. Susanna 3 months ago3 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!

  77. Lisa 3 months ago3 months ago

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

  78. Bonnie McLafferty 3 months ago3 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.

  79. Robyn A. 3 months ago3 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.

  80. Jayme cross 3 months ago3 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?

  81. sarah shelby 3 months ago3 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.

  82. Shannon 3 months ago3 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?

  83. Julia 3 months ago3 months ago

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

    Be well,

    Julia