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Sean Brandlin, 8th grade social studies at El Segundo Middle School.
This post is being updated regularly as we receive new information. It was last updated on July 9 at 1 p.m.

Across California, school districts, county offices of education and the state are planning how to reopen schools in the fall to ensure the safety and wellbeing of students and staff. Scroll down to view guidance documents issued by the California Dept of Education, county offices of education and other agencies and organizations. We will continue to update this page as more information becomes available.

If you have guidance for a district or county not included below, please email us.

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  1. David 13 hours ago13 hours ago

    I have been a high school teacher for 35 years. I always look forward to a new school year, but this year is different. I am scared for our students, my coworkers, my family, and myself. This can be 'life or death' for me at my age and with current health issues. It seems like all of a sudden this is a rush to reopen schools which is not wise. … Read More

    I have been a high school teacher for 35 years. I always look forward to a new school year, but this year is different. I am scared for our students, my coworkers, my family, and myself. This can be ‘life or death’ for me at my age and with current health issues. It seems like all of a sudden this is a rush to reopen schools which is not wise.

    In a ‘perfect world’ in-person instruction is best; however, we are in the middle of a pandemic and I would hope the priority is saving lives. We live in a world of technology and “distance learning,” while not ideal, can be structured to keep students & staff accountable and is “safe.” Until there is an effective vaccine or medical treatments, sending our students and staff back into classrooms where the spread from just one infected student changing class periods and interacting with numerous others is a horrible situation waiting to happen.

  2. stephanie castillo 2 days ago2 days ago

    I am an educator and a parent of a high school student. I want my child to GO TO SCHOOL IN PERSON, as there is no substitute for in-class learning! I want to go back to my own classroom as well. I do not feel that my health is in any danger & I feel that this whole “pandemic” has been overblown. Let’s get back to school!!

  3. Erin Wascher 2 days ago2 days ago

    I’ve not seen one district propose re-opening options that offer students and parents stronger consistency, like a 1 week in the classroom, 1 week at home learning split. Are you aware of any districts that have considered that and what are people’s thoughts on that? Seems like this would offer a safer and more consistent learning platform for students, and be more productive for parents juggling a variety of complexities.

  4. Suzanne Dempsey 2 days ago2 days ago

    Could you please post the plan from Ventura County? It is not easily obtained or found. My understanding is that it was just finalized. As a teacher for almost 40 years, this information is vital to public schoolteachers in our county. Thanks

  5. Michael patras 2 days ago2 days ago

    I’m not sending my child to school without a proven vaccine.
    I do not trust them, all they think about is money and politics.

  6. Robert Whitney 2 days ago2 days ago

    Have published guidelines changed mandating masks on students in classrooms?

  7. Daniel Kekai 1 week ago1 week ago

    Why are public schools planning to reopen? Take a good look at the data after California reopened. Are you willing to risk the lives of students across California?

    Schools should be planning on the entire year with remote learning. There is no way school districts can open schools safely.

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    • beverly jitosho 1 week ago1 week ago

      Please post the latest information as to how the students are separated by bubble/ or age group- Kindergarten and Pre-K indergarten.

  8. Jessica G 2 weeks ago2 weeks ago

    Additional resource: Summer provides an opportunity to offer extra learning time and rich experiences to those students who need it most. This brief developed by ACSA and Partnership for Children and Youth provides school and district leaders with background and resources to inform planning for summer in the COVID context, using lessons learned over time and considering the urgent needs of students across the state. Given that schools and learning will look and feel different in the … Read More

    Additional resource:
    Summer provides an opportunity to offer extra learning time and rich experiences to those students who need it most.

    This brief developed by ACSA and Partnership for Children and Youth provides school and district leaders with background and resources to inform planning for summer in the COVID context, using lessons learned over time and considering the urgent needs of students across the state. Given that schools and learning will look and feel different in the fall (as it does typically in summer programming), many of the strategies, considerations and scenarios below can also be applied to the reopening planning process.

  9. Lindsey 2 weeks ago2 weeks ago

    Please cover the details of the education budget trailer bill and how it might affect school reopening plans.

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    • Smita Patel 2 weeks ago2 weeks ago

      Hi Lindsey, We will most definitely continue to cover how the final state budget and trailer bills will affect school reopening plans. You can find our latest budget stories on our home page. This page is intended to collect the guidance documents for reopening issued by the state, county offices and other agencies. We will post updates and amendments as soon as we see them, but if you know of changes to the guidance for … Read More

      Hi Lindsey,
      We will most definitely continue to cover how the final state budget and trailer bills will affect school reopening plans. You can find our latest budget stories on our home page. This page is intended to collect the guidance documents for reopening issued by the state, county offices and other agencies. We will post updates and amendments as soon as we see them, but if you know of changes to the guidance for any school districts, we’d appreciate a heads up. You can reach us at source@edsource.org. Thanks!

  10. Smita Patel 3 weeks ago3 weeks ago

    Hi Irene, We are publishing official guidance documents only as we felt it would be helpful for readers to be able to see what the thinking is in different parts of California and from different agencies. But you are correct that plans will continue to evolve. We have included the issue date so readers have that context and our request to you and all our readers is to let us know if you see anything … Read More

    Hi Irene,
    We are publishing official guidance documents only as we felt it would be helpful for readers to be able to see what the thinking is in different parts of California and from different agencies. But you are correct that plans will continue to evolve. We have included the issue date so readers have that context and our request to you and all our readers is to let us know if you see anything that is out of date or needs to be corrected.

  11. Irene Scully 3 weeks ago3 weeks ago

    Please please don’t list information unless it is current. Something written in the beginning of June or even April has nothing to do with what is going forward as of today or even earlier this week!