Governor Newsom Lays Out Reopening Guidelines Schools MUST Follow Amid Coronavirus

July 17, 2020

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Governor Gavin Newsom laid out health and safety guidelines for California schools as they reopen (or remain closed) for the 2020-2021 school year. 

In an Instagram post (below), Newsom says that science is going to be the determining factor in whether a school can physically open or if/when it needs to close. He also makes it VERY clear that learning "must be non-negotiable" and schools "must provide meaningful learning" during the coronavirus crisis, but we also need to make health and safety a priority for students and teachers. 

This is what achieving that will look like in California: 

  1. Safe in-person school based on local health data.
    1. If schools are located in counties on the California Monitoring List, they CANNOT physically open for in-person teaching until that county is off the Monitoring List for at least 14 consecutive days. 
    2. A school must CLOSE following a confirmed case of COVID-19 at the school, and those that were exposed should quarantine for 14 days. 
    3. If multiple cohorts have cases or 5% of students and staff test positive in 14 days, the school must return to distance learning. 
    4. When 25%+ of its schools have been closed due to COVID-19 within a 14 day period, the entire district should switch to distance learning. This decision to close will be made by local health officers, and districts can return to in-person instruction after 14 days with approval by local health officer(s). 
  2. STRONG mask requirements for anyone in the school. 
    1. ALL STAFF AND STUDENTS 3RD GRADE AND ABOVE must wear masks on campus. 
  3. Physical distancing requirements. 
    1. Adults need to stay 6 feet from one another and 6 feet from children. 
    2. Students must stay 6 feet away from anyone whenever possible. 
    3. Anyone entering the school needs to do a health screen. If someone from the household is sick, they must stay home. 
  4. Regular testing and contact tracing for outbreaks at schools. 
    1. Staff in every school will be tested for COVID-19 periodically. 
    2. California will provide resources and technical assistance for coronavirus investigations involved with schools. 
  5. "Rigorous" distance learning.
    1. Schools need to provide devices so every child can participate. 
    2. Schools need to provide daily live interaction. 
    3. Schools must provide challenging instruction equivalent to in-person instruction. 
    4. Support for English learners and special education must be provided. 

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