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California schools detailed plan for reopening this Fall

How do you feel about re-opening guidelines for California schools? The new guidelines are in a 55-page how-to manual released Monday by California’s Department of Education. The link is below.

This manual makes clear that everything about school will be different, from start to finish, when the fall term starts. Beyond face masks and physical distancing, a new detailed guide to safely reopen California schools suggests a radical overhaul of classroom instruction to prevent the spread of the coronavirus. California’s students can expect temperature checks upon entering schools and buses, extensive hand washing throughout the day, physical distancing requirements – in classes, in hallways, at recess, on school buses – and face coverings for students and staff at all times except when eating and drinking.

State Superintendent of Public Instruction Tony Thurmond said the 55-page manual titled “Stronger Together: A Guidebook for the Safe Reopening of California’s Public Schools,” will serve as a road map of recommendations for school districts as they prepare for the return of classes and work with their local public health officials to navigate next steps. The guidance document can be found on CDE’s website

In CDE’s guidance, educational leaders will find recommendations for face coverings, physical distancing, and symptom screening should schools plan to provide some form of in-person instruction and distance learning. The document will also provide in-depth considerations for designing high-quality and equitable instructional practices for all students. 

Thurmond said many parents have also expressed an interest in continuing online learning, which will be incorporated. Schools across California have been closed since mid-March when Gov. Gavin Newsom issued a statewide stay-at-home order due to the pandemic.

The California Department of Education is a state agency led by State Superintendent of Public Instruction Tony Thurmond. For more information, please visit the California Department of Education’s website.  

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