Kern Schools Reopening Options

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 in 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.