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COVID-19 Recovery & Reopening

The COVID-19 pandemic resulted in the statewide closure of school campuses in March 2020. All educational institutions providing K-12 education in San Joaquin County, including school districts, public schools, private schools, and charter schools were ordered to conduct distance learning for the 2020-21 school year until the county met targets of health metrics established by California.

San Joaquin County moved from the Widespread (purple) tier to the Substantial (red) tier under California's Blueprint for a Safer Economy on Sept. 29. While the new designation allowed the resumption of indoor operations for certain businesses in San Joaquin County, it did not permit the resumption of in-person instruction for schools unless the county remained in the red tier for two additional weeks. San Joaquin County reached the two-week benchmark on Oct. 13, which allowed public, charter, and private schools to resume in-person instruction beyond the limited options available for schools in the purple tier.

Prior to this change in designation, some in-person instruction and support services had been available for small cohorts of high priority students, including those with special needs. Additionally, some schools were able to begin providing on-campus instruction to elementary school students through a waiver process. Being in the red tier allows schools to open campuses to students of all grade levels, as long as state and local health guidelines are followed. More information about local safety guidance is available at http://www.sjcoe.org/healthsafety.

2020-2021 School Year Planning: A Guide To Address the Challenges of COVID-19

Schools in San Joaquin County entered into a distance-learning educational model after March 16, 2020, when school campuses closed, creating an unprecedented challenge to local schools as they continued to provide an education and other services to students and their families. In order to provide guidance and support to educational leaders preparing for the 2020-2021 academic year, the San Joaquin County Office of Education (SJCOE) and San Joaquin County Public Health Services (SJCPHS) developed a planning document in collaboration with superintendents from San Joaquin County's 14 school districts on June 17, 2020.

Aligned with recommendations from the California Department of Public Health and approved by the San Joaquin County Public Health Officer, the 2020-2021 School Year Planning: A Guide to Address the Challenges of COVID-19 was based on the best available information about COVID-19 in the county at the time of its development and publication. The guidance in the document is subject to revision as circumstances related to COVID-19 changes. The changes are as follows:

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San Joaquin County Public Health Order Regarding Public and Private Schools (July 29, 2020)

Schools in San Joaquin County

Following state and local guidance, schools and districts developed detailed plans to reopen campuses. It is up to the individual school or district to decide how and when to implement those plans. Some schools may decide to open as soon as they are permitted by public health officials, while others may choose to move forward incrementally, and still others may choose to remain in distance learning based on the needs of the local community. It is recommended that schools exercise caution when implementing plans to reopen campuses. In all cases, schools must adhere to state guidance.

For information specific to your child’s school district, such as reopening plans, meal service schedules, and more, please visit your child’s school district website. You can do so by clicking on the name of your child’s school district below.

Schools and districts have developed plans to reopen campuses, and it is up to the individual school or district to decide how and when to implement those plans. Some schools may decide to open as soon as they are permitted, while others may choose to move forward incrementally, and still others may choose to remain in distance learning based on the needs of the local community. It is recommended that schools exercise caution when implementing plans to reopen campuses. In all cases, schools must adhere to state guidance.

For information specific to your child’s school district, such as reopening plans, meal service schedules, and more, please visit your child’s school district website. You can do so by clicking on the name of your child’s school district below.