Novel Coronavirus Resources  

School Re-opening Guidance

On July 17, 2020, Governor Newsom and the California Department of Public Health (CDPH) released updated guidance related to the re-opening of public and private schools for the 2020-21 school year. That guidance is HERE.  On Aug. 3, 2020, CDPH released an FAQ document that further outlines its guidance. That FAQ is HERE.

The new requirement only allows schools to re-open for in-person instruction when the county the school is has been out of the “Purple Tier” (e.g. the state’s highest risk level) for 14 consecutive days. The guidance also addresses the criteria and process for re-closing schools once they have opened for in-person instruction.

On September 4, 2020, the California Department of Public Health (CDPH) issued further guidance related to Cohorts (Cohorting Guidance), which sets minimum health and safety guidelines across multiple sectors serving youth, including childcare and schools (public and private). The guidance allows for small-group, in-person services in controlled, supervised, and indoor environments, such as those operated by local educational agencies (LEAs) for students with special needs (students with disabilities, English learners, homeless youth, foster youth, etc.). Click HERE to read the guidance.


Resources for essential workers needing childcare

Funds are currently available to support parents who are essential workers who need child care. For more information, please click HERE.


Resources for homeless youth

If your family is in a temporary or inadequate living situation due to a loss of housing, your child might be eligible for certain educational rights and services.

Homeless Student Referrals: http://bit.ly/ReferKernMV

If you need housing assistance, call 211 for available housing resources and services in your community.


Resources for suspected child abuse or neglect

If you suspect child abuse or neglect, please call the Kern County Child Abuse Hotline.

Child Protective Services Hotline:
(661) 631-6011 (Countywide)
(760) 375-6049 (Ridgecrest)

Reports of child abuse can be made at any time and people should call 911 for emergencies.


Notable health websites

California COVID-19 Page

CDC Coronavirus Page

Kern County Public Health Coronavirus Page

California Department of Public Health Coronavirus Page


Resources for schools

CDE FAQ Document (March 27, 2020)

Guidance For Large Gatherings (Released March, 11 2020 by CA Public Health)

School Closure Guidelines (Released March 7, 2020 by CDE & CA Public Health)

Fact Sheet (CDC) [English]  [Spanish]

Stop the Spread of Germs Poster (CDC) [English]  [Spanish]

Symptoms of Coronavirus Disease 2019 poster (CDC) [English]  [Spanish]

Pandemic Plan Guidelines for Schools (CDC)

How to Talk to Children about COVID-19

Hand Washing Fact Sheet [English]  [Spanish]

Hand washing video