California is committed to supporting staff and students to safely return to in-person instruction for the 2021-2022 school year.

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K-12 guidance

California has released guidance for K-12 schools for the 2021-2022 school year. This updated guidance helps schools prepare for safe in-person instruction. It applies CDC’s latest recommendations to the conditions in California. All adults and students in K-12 school settings must wear masks indoors.

The California Department of Public Health (CDPH) continues to assess conditions on an ongoing basis. CDPH will determine by November 1, 2021 whether to update mask requirements.

Check the Safe Schools Hub for resources to support safe in-person instruction.


Higher education

Most businesses are required to maintain compliance with California’s COVID-19 Prevention Emergency Temporary Standards (ETS), which include current public health guidelines. These ETS are available to help institutions and their communities plan and prepare to resume in-person instruction.

Many schools, like CSU, are adjusting admission criteria in response to COVID-19.

See your college or university’s COVID-19 response:

To learn more about your state financial aid package, visit the California Student Aid Commission website.


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