Communities across the state are spending the next weeks and months preparing for the forthcoming school year. To assist with that planning process, the following guidelines and considerations are intended to help school and community leaders plan and prepare to resume in-person instruction. This guidance is interim.

These guidelines and considerations are based on the best available public health data at this time, international best practices currently employed, and the practical realities of managing school operations; as new data and practices emerge, the guidance will be updated. Additionally, the guidelines and considerations do not reflect the full scope of issues that school communities will need to address, which range from day-to-day site-based logistics to the social and emotional well-being of students and staff; further guidance is forthcoming, including on school-based sports and extracurricular activities. Implementation of this guidance will depend on local public health conditions, including those listed here. Communities meeting those criteria, such as lower incidence of COVID-19 and adequate preparedness, may implement the guidance described below as part of a phased reopening. All decisions about following this guidance should be made in collaboration with local health officials and other authorities. Implementation of this guidance should be tailored for each setting, including adequate consideration of instructional programs operating at each school site and the needs of students and families. School leaders should engage relevant stakeholders—including families, staff and labor partners in the school community—to formulate and implement plans that consider the following:

  1. Student, Family and Staff Population: Who are the student, family and staff populations that will be impacted by or can serve as partners in implementing any of the following measures?
  2. Ability to Implement or Adhere to Measures: Do staff, students and families have the tools, information, resources, and ability to successfully adhere to or implement the new measures?
  3. Negative or Unintended Consequences: Are there any negative or unintended consequences to staff, students or families of implementing the measures and how can those consequences be mitigated?

Business Action Required

  1. Prior to reopening for services related to Schools and School-Based Programs, business operators must review, and agree to abide by the California Department of Public Health’s COVID-19 Industry Guidance: Schools and School-Based Programs.
  2. If located in the City of Fresno, the business is required to meet the requirements listed in Appendix A.
  3. Provide feedback about following the above-mentioned protocols and list your company’s commitment by filling out the commitment survey.