Returning to in-person instruction safely will depend on a series of factors, some of which LEAs are not able to control, such as the state of public health in the district’s county. As public health conditions continue to evolve and new scientific evidence becomes available, LEAs will have to continue to adapt their plans to resume in-person instruction. Working collaboratively with local health officials and understanding public health guidance will help LEAs respond to the changing circumstances to ensure the safety of students and staff.
Check that your health and safety plan to resume in-person instruction is comprehensive and up to date. Visit the CCEE Health and Safety Guidebook for tools and tips, or use this personal planning tool to apply the information in the guidebook. Alternatively, click here for tips and tools organized by role, with guidance for district leaders, principals, teachers, and parents.
To stay on top of continuously evolving guidance and changing local conditions and ensure the safety of your learning community, establish and maintain productive relationships with the key partners with whom you will interact on an ongoing basis.
LEAs must complete and publicly post the CSP if they have already reopened for in-person instruction or if they are planning to reopen for in-person instruction. In some cases (Purple Tier and CR<25) they may also be required to submit it to their local health department and the State Safe Schools for All Team.
The COVID-19 Safety Plan (CSP) consists of two parts:
Part 1: Your LEA may already have the CPP in place, as it is the result of Cal/OSHA’s Emergency Temporary Standards (ETS) of December 1, 2020. Alternatively. they can also use Cal/OSHA’s downloadable model document to craft their CPP if they do not already have one in place. (A FAQ is also available.) Employers can also create a written CPP by incorporating elements of this program into their existing Injury and Illness Prevention Program (IIPP), if desired.
Part 2: The COVID-19 School Guidance Checklist is a new requirement brought forth by the January 14, 2021 CDPH consolidated guidance that streamlines the previous COVID-19 Site-Specific Protection Plan (SSPP) requirements. The 5-page fillable PDF is available here for download.
For more information, please visit the School Safety Plans section of CCEE’s Health & Safety Guidebook.
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Schools must follow the California Department of Public Health’s COVID-19 and Reopening In-Person Instruction Framework & Public Health Guidance for K-12 Schools in California, 2020-2021 School Year.
If you determine that reopening is possible, here are some resources for planning to do so safely:
Here are some example reopening plans:
To make sure your community is reminded of what is required, considered signage and flyers like these:
School Closures: Even if its district has reopened, reclosure of an individual school within that district may be appropriate under one of these conditions:
District Closure: A school district should close, in consultation with the LHD, if :
Reopening for in-person instruction again after closure: Schools and districts typically are allowed to reopen after 14 days if the following have occurred: