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.

The 2021-22 school year begins with schools able to offer full, in-person instruction following guidelines from the California Department of Public Health (CDPH), the COVID-19 Public Health Guidance for K-12 Schools in California, 2021-22 School Year. The guidance aligns California school policy with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's (CDC) updated recommendations for K-12 schools, which were released on July 9, 2021, and continue to be updated. The CDPH guidance also reflects recommendations from the American Academy of Pediatrics COVID-19 Guidance for Safe School. The foundational principle of the CDPH guidance is that all students must have access to safe and full in-person instruction and to as much instructional time as possible. The CDPH continues to update its guidance for schools.

More information and can be found at the State of California Safe Schools For All Hub, the official California COVID-19 information website at, and the CDPH website at

Schools in San Joaquin County

More information about how individual schools and districts are implementing health and safety guidance from the California Department of Public Health can be found in COVID-19 safety plans available through the school or district.

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.

Previous Updates

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)