April 14, 2020
Dear Superintendents and Charter School Leaders,

Governor Gavin Newsom today unveiled six key indicators that will guide California’s thinking for when and how to modify the stay-at-home and other orders during the COVID-19 pandemic. The indicators are:
  • The ability to monitor and protect our communities through testing, contact tracing, isolating, and supporting those who are positive or exposed
  • The ability to prevent infection in people who are at risk for more severe COVID-19 
  • The ability of the hospital and health systems to handle surges 
  • The ability to develop therapeutics to meet the demand 
  • The ability for businesses, schools, and child care facilities to support physical distancing 
  • The ability to determine when to reinstitute certain measures, such as the stay-at-home orders, if necessary

The governor said there is not a precise timeline for modifying the stay-at-home order, but that these six indicators will serve as the framework for making that decision.

The SDCOE team has been hard at work on assumptions and recommendations to support school districts and charter schools in reopening. SDCOE Duty Officer Bob Mueller will walk you through this guidance on our calls this Friday and describe next steps in establishing the materials you need to support recovery.

Thank you for all you are doing to serve children during these uncertain times. I'm looking forward to speaking with you later this week.


Dr. Paul Gothold
San Diego County Superintendent of Schools
phone: 858-292-3514