May 25, 2021
Dear Superintendents and School Leaders,

As more Californians get vaccinated, the state is reopening and moving beyond the Blueprint for a Safer Economy. The purple, red, orange and yellow tiers are on track to end in mid-June, though limited measures will remain in certain sectors, including education.

Beyond the Blueprint for Industry and Business Sectors states that, beginning June 15, sectors listed in the current Blueprint Activities and Business Tiers Chart may return to usual operations by following public health recommendations around vaccine verification/negative testing and masking.

Impact of New Guidance on Promotions, Graduations, and Special Events
The California Department of Public Health (CDPH) has advised that, “after June 15, to the extent that schools were using the Outdoor Seated Live Events and Performance guidance for holding graduations, capacity limitations and physical distancing requirements will no longer apply. The only caveat is if the graduation ceremony might fit the description of a mega event, but even in those instances, there would be no capacity limits or physical distancing requirements.”

Mega events are characterized by crowds larger than 5,000 (indoors) and 10,000 (outdoors) attendees. 

Schools Guidance Updates Expected
CDPH is expected to release new guidance for school operations in the next few weeks. Until then, schools continue to be bound by the COVID-19 and Reopening In-Person Instruction Framework & Public Health Guidance for K-12 Schools in California, 2020-2021 School Year

Thank you for all you are doing during these unprecedented times. As always, please let me know if you have any questions or need support.


Dr. Paul Gothold
San Diego County Superintendent of Schools
phone: 858-295-6641