State Releases Reopening Guidelines for Schools

Long-awaited reopening guidelines for California’s public schools have been released by the California Department of Education in a 55-page document titled “Stronger Together: A Guidebook for the Safe Reopening of California’s Public Schools.”

The recommendations share similarities with some local guidelines we’ve seen. They include different options for limiting capacity, recommend face masks for students and staff, and call for spacing between desks and students—even through utilization of gyms and cafeterias for instruction if necessary. You can read the document here

These are recommendations, not requirements.

“There are no mandates within this document,” said Superintendent of Public Instruction Tony Thurmond. “There’s no one size fits all approach."

He emphasized the need for a flexible region-specific approach. The guidelines also envision some schools following a "hybrid" model, which combines classrooms and distance learning. Ultimately, school districts will be the final arbiters of when and how to reopen and finances will be a major consideration.

Read more at EdSource


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