Since the COVID-19 pandemic emerged in March 2020, districts across the nation have faced the difficult task of reopening schools safely and keeping them open as community infection rates have risen and fallen. This brief from the Learning Policy Institute describes reopening efforts in Marin County, which has reopened more than 85 percent of its schools since fall 2020, and documents the county planning process and mitigation strategies for personal protective equipment, ventilation, physical distancing, cohorting, symptom screening, and testing and tracing. It is part of an effort at the Learning Policy Institute to disseminate key public health research and reopening strategies to educators and policymakers.
Gov. Newsom has signed AB 104, one of the most notable bills from this legislative session. The measure contained an urgency clause, which means its provisions take effect immediately.
The highly-anticipated language for independent study has been released as part of the education trailer bill, AB 130. This article offers highlighted details of the changes.
On June 9, 2021, the California Department of Public Health issued new Guidance for the Use of Face Coverings which will become effective June 15, 2021, when California aims to fully reopen the state.
Watch an update about operating independent study by ACSA's governmental relations team.
Alert from legal firm AALRR on the California Department of Public Health's youth sports guidance.
Watch the recording of the ACSA Governmental Relations Department March 1, 2021 webinar on California's in-person instruction legislation.
Comparison chart showing differences between SB/AB 86 and the final school reopening deal announced March 1, 2021.
ACSA and other statewide organizations, county offices of education and school districts express concerns over the state Legislature's school reopening bill, SB 86/AB 86.