In-Person Instruction Waiver Information - NEW

On July 17, Governor Gavin Newson announced that if a county has been on the Monitoring List within the last 14 days, schools must conduct distance learning only.  

San Luis Obispo County was added to the County Monitoring List on July 16, and remains on the list.  

There is a single exception. Local health officers may grant a waiver to allow elementary schools to reopen in-person instruction if the waiver is requested by the district superintendent, in consultation with labor, parents and community-based organizations. When considering a waiver request, the local health officer must consider local data and consult with the California Department of Public Health.

Visit our Reopening Page for more information.

Frequently Asked Questions About In-Person School Instruction- Revised 8/7/20

Waiver for Elementary Schools Requesting In-Person Instruction

 

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San Luis Obispo County Public Health School Advisories

Frequently Asked Questions about COVID and Schools

1) Will schools lose funding if they are temporarily closed?
On March 13, 2020, Governor Gavin Newsom issued an Executive Order regarding the physical closure of schools by local educational agencies (LEAs) in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. The order provides that even if schools close temporarily because of COVID-19, LEAs will continue to receive state funding for those days so that they can:
  • Continue delivering high-quality educational opportunities to students to the extent feasible through, among other options, distance learning, and/or independent study;
  • Safely provide school meals through the Summer Food Service Program and Seamless Summer Option, consistent with the requirements of the California Department of Education and U.S. Department of Agriculture;
  • To the extent practicable, arrange for supervision for students during ordinary school hours;
  • Continue to pay employees.

This funding is conditional upon submitting a certification form to CDE. Please see https://www.cde.ca.gov/fg/aa/pa/covidfaqs.asp for more information about funding as it relates to COVID-19 school closures.

 2) Are meals still available for students?
 Yes, the CDE has updated the CA Meals for Kids mobile application with a layer for “Emergency Meal Sites” to continue to serve students during school closure. Information about the app is on the CDE web page: https://www.cde.ca.gov/re/mo/cameals.asp.

We also recommend contacting your local school or district for the latest school meal site information. The federal child nutrition meal programs administered by the CDE have approved flexibilities in place to support local communities during the COVID-19 school site closures.

For complete information on meals being distributed during COVID-19 school closures, please visit https://www.cde.ca.gov/ls/he/hn/schoolmeals.asp.

 3) Has statewide assessment testing been suspended?
On March 17, 2020, Governor Gavin Newsom issued an Executive Order to waive, pending federal approval, statewide testing requirements for the 2019–2020 academic years. The State Board of Education is seeking waiver authority afforded by the U.S. Department of Education and other federal agencies to cancel testing requirements.
 4) Have the State Special Schools, which includes California’s School for the Blind and School for the Deaf been closed?
The California School for the Blind and the California School for the Deaf are physically closed until further notice, but are now offering distance learning opportunities for their students.
 5) What is meant by “distance learning”?
Distance learning is defined as when the student and the instructor are in two different locations. Instructional methods vary depending on the needs of the student. Possible methods include online instruction, televised instruction, and independent study packets. You can find more information about distance learning here: https://www.cde.ca.gov/ls/he/hn/distancelearning.asp.
 6) Are schools required to take daily attendance of distance learning students?
 As a result of Governor Newsom’s Executive Order on March 13, 2020, local educational agencies (LEAs) will not be penalized for not offering regular school days as result of closure due to the coronavirus (COVID-19) situation. LEAs that certify that they closed school due to COVID-19 will not receive instructional day and minute penalties for COVID-19 closures. Average Daily Attendance will be based on full school months only from June 1 to February 29 for the 2019-20 academic year.

While LEAs should not record regular daily attendance on school closure days for apportionment purposes, LEAs are encouraged to track participation and engagement in distance learning while schools are closed. LEAs should work with their software vendors to ensure that tracking participation in distance learning is done separately from regular attendance accounting.

 7) Should teachers be grading assignments that are being sent to distance learning students whose schools have closed from the coronavirus (COVID-19) situation?
It is a local decision to require graded work from students. The California Department of Education will be providing guidance on best practices on grading for distance learning options. Part of that guidance will include an understanding that grading assignments should not be punitive to students during this time.
Source:  California Department of Education | COVID19@cde.ca.gov
Last Reviewed: July 29, 2020

Talking with Children about Covid-19

Source: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, CDC.gov

As public conversations around coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) increase, children may worry about themselves, their family, and friends getting ill with COVID-19. Parents, family members, school staff, and other trusted adults can play an important role in helping children make sense of what they hear in a way that is honest, accurate, and minimizes anxiety or fear. CDC has created guidance to help adults have conversations with children about COVID-19 and ways they can avoid getting and spreading the disease.

  General principles for talking to children

Remain calm and reassuring

  • Remember that children will react to both what you say and how you say it. They will pick up cues from the conversations you have with them and with others
  • Make yourself available to listen and to talk.
  • Make time to talk. Be sure children know they can come to you when they have questions.
  • Avoid language that might blame others and lead to stigma.
  • Remember that viruses can make anyone sick, regardless of a person’s race or ethnicity. Avoid making assumptions about who might have COVID-19.

 Pay attention to what children see or hear on television, radio, or online.

  • Consider reducing the amount of screen time focused on COVID-19. Too much information on one topic can lead to anxiety.

 Provide information that is honest and accurate.

  • Give children information that is truthful and appropriate for the age and developmental level of the child.
  • Talk to children about how some stories on COVID-19 on the Internet and social media may be based on rumors and inaccurate information.

Facts about COVID-19 for discussions with children

Try to keep information simple and remind them that health and school officials are working hard to keep everyone safe and healthy.

What is COVID-19?

  • COVID-19 is the short name for “coronavirus disease 2019.” It is a new virus. Doctors and scientists are still learning about it.
  • Recently, this virus has made a lot of people sick. Scientists and doctors think that most people will be ok, especially kids, but some people might get pretty sick.
  • Doctors and health experts are working hard to help people stay healthy.

What can I do so that I don’t get COVID-19?

  • You can practice healthy habits at home, school, and play to help protect against the spread of COVID-19:
    • Cough or sneeze into a tissue or your elbow. If you sneeze or cough into a tissue, throw it in the trash right away.  Remind children to stay away from people who are coughing or sneezing or sick.
    • Keep your hands out of your mouth, nose, and eyes. This will help keep germs out of your body.
    • Wash your hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. Follow these five steps—wet, lather (make bubbles), scrub (rub together), rinse and dry. You can sing the “Happy Birthday” song twice.
    • If you don’t have soap and water, have an adult help you use a special hand cleaner that is  at least 60% alcohol.
    • Keep things clean. Older children can help adults at home and school clean the things we touch the most, like desks, doorknobs, light switches, and remote controls. (Note for adults: you can find more information about cleaning and disinfecting on CDC’s website.)
    • If you feel sick, stay home. Just like you don’t want to get other people’s germs in your body, other people don’t want to get your germs either.

What happens if you get sick with COVID-19?

  • COVID-19 can look different in different people. For many people, being sick with COVID-19 would be a little bit like having the flu. People can get a fever, cough, or have a hard time taking deep breaths. Most people who have gotten COVID-19 have not gotten very sick. Only a small group of people who get it have had more serious problems. From what doctors have seen so far, most children don’t seem to get very sick. While a lot of adults get sick, most adults get better.
  • If you do get sick, it doesn’t mean you have COVID-19. People can get sick from all kinds of germs. What’s important to remember is that if you do get sick, the adults at home and school will help get you any help that you need.
  • If you suspect your child may have COVID-19, call the healthcare facility to let them know before you bring your child in to see them.

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