The state will move carefully towards reopening in-person instruction by county based on local health data.

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Reopening safely

California’s Safe Schools for All Plan will support schools to continue operating safely in-person and use a phased-in approach, rooted in science, to safely return younger students to in-person instruction. It will do this through a combination of funding, testing, PPE, safety guidance, and vaccines for school staff.

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For current information about closures and their impact on the school year, check your local school district.


The California Department of Education has guidance on support for students, including:

California released guidance to help K-12 education leaders meet the needs of all students affected by school closures, with an emphasis on assisting low-income children and those with disabilities. 

The CDC has also issued recommendations to resume safe, in-person instruction. See how the CDC guidance compares to the California Department of Public Health’s in the CDC-California K-12 Schools Guidance Crosswalk.

Higher education

Interim guidance for institutions of higher education is 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.

Graduations and commencements

Guidance for students, teachers, families, and school administrators who wish to celebrate their accomplishments in-person is available on the Department of Public Health’s website. Commencement organizers coordinating these events must monitor their county risk level and follow the guidance to prevent the spread of COVID-19.

Find your county risk level on our Blueprint for a Safer Economy page.

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