Safety protocols, potential lawsuits, input from parents and teachers are among the factors districts must weigh.
Complicated, ever-shifting set of unique factors will affect school reopening plans.
Lucerne Valley Elementary in San Bernardino County was one of the first public schools in the state to get approval to reopen.
EdSource is tracking the movement of counties between four tiers in the state's color-coded monitoring list, which is updated every Tuesday.
Conflicting direction from the state added to confusion over whether schools could continue in-person instruction in Mendocino County.
Protests are emerging in districts where teachers are required to conduct distance learning from their physical classrooms.
School districts, charter and private schools would have to meet safety requirements. Counties could limit the number of approvals.
After bargaining for three weeks, teachers’ union and district disagree on how to provide distance learning and when to reopen campuses safely.
Many school districts will have to ditch plans for hybrid learning and in-person classes at the start of the school year.
County health directors would decide whether to allow small groups of students into schools or open up districts in remote corners of counties.
Campuses in 32 of the state’s 58 counties are unlikely to open for the start of the new school year.
Eureka Union School District in Granite Bay reached out to teachers and schools in Germany, China, Finland and Austria to get advice on how to reopen schools.
Many districts will open with online instruction but hope to bring more students back later in the fall depending on health conditions.
California's two largest school districts became the latest to announce plans to begin the new school year with distance learning.
As coronavirus cases spike across California more school districts are making the decision to educate students online next school year.