June 15, 2020
Dear Superintendents and School Leaders,

San Diego County Public Health Officer Dr. Wilma Wooten has amended school-related portions of the local public health order that is in place to prevent the spread of COVID-19.

Specifically the order now reads:

All public, charter and private schools may hold classes or school business operations on the school campus, provided the school complies with the measures contained in the State COVID-19 Industry Guidance: Schools and School-Based Programs issued by the CDPH (including the face covering requirements contained therein), also incorporating where feasible the guidelines provided in Stronger Together: A Guidebook for the Safe Reopening of California's Public Schools issued by the California Department of Education. Each school shall complete and post a document detailing the actions the school is taking to comply with the CDPH Industry Guidance measures after considering the CDE Guidelines noted above. Colleges and Universities shall not hold classes or other school activities where students gather on the school campus, except for research-related activities in colleges and universities and where necessary to train students who will serve as essential workers. 

San Diego County Office of Education (SDCOE) staff are analyzing this guidance to adjust SDCOE’s guidance on reopening, which offers detailed technical assistance. We expect to release the guidance this week.

Thank you for all you are doing to support our region’s children. I will be in touch with additional information soon. In the meantime, please don’t hesitate to contact me if we can be of further assistance.


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