Updated February 23, 2021

Updates and Guidance

Updates Related to COVID-19 

View an archived list of local and state orders related to COVID-19 from the 2019-2020 school year.


  • COVID-19 and Reopening In-Person Instruction Framework & Public Health Guidance for K-12 Schools in California, 2020-2021 School Year (California Department of Public Health): This guidance for schools and school-based programs creates a safer environment for students, families, and staff. It consolidates state guidance from the CDPH and Cal/OSHA to align with the state’s Safe Schools for All Plan.
  • Stronger Together: A Guidebook for the Safe Reopening of California's Public Schools (California Department of Education): This guidance was created through the statewide reopening schools task force that fostered a collaborative process for our educators and stakeholders to lend their important voices. Also informed by the technical assistance and advice of many health and safety organizations including the Centers for Disease Control, California Department of Public Health, California Division of Occupational Safety and Health, the intent of this document is to be a guide for the local discussion on safely reopening schools.
  • San Mateo County Pandemic Recovery Framework for Schools (San Mateo County Office of Education): This framework provides school leaders with the health, education, and legal guidance needed to develop local plans for a safe return to on-campus instruction and learning after campus closures in response to community spread of COVID-19 beginning in March 2020.
  • Guidance Related to Cohorts (California Department of Public Health): This guidance sets minimum health and safety guidelines across multiple sectors serving youth, including childcare and schools (public and private). It allows in-person child supervision and limited instruction, targeted support services, and facilitation of distance learning in small group environments for a specified subset of children and youth, and gives guidelines for those programs to understand the required health and safety practices needed to prevent the spread of COVID-19 in their settings. 

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