On Friday, Governor Gavin Newsom announced that most California schools will not be allowed to offer in-person instruction to start the school year. Counties that are on the states watchlist should continue with online learning only.
As of Friday afternoon, 32 of 50 counties were on the state’s watchlist.
According to Newsom, schools that are able to reopen, students from 3rd grade to 12th grade and all school staff have to wear masks in school. For students who are younger, face masks or shields are strongly encouraged.
Newsom clarified that this was guidelines for public and private schools.
More information released by the State:
The California Department of Public Health has released new guidance for the safe re-opening of in-person learning at schools. Schools may open if they are in a county that has been off the County Monitoring List for 14 days and follow strict health and safety requirements, including masks, symptoms checks, and switching back to distance learning when required.
Learn more about the requirements for safe in-person learning at schools.