Dec. 3, 2020
Dear Superintendents and School Leaders,

The governor’s office has updated the frequently asked questions (FAQ) on how the new regional stay-at-home order impacts schools. The FAQ now reads:

Schools that are currently open are able to continue to provide in-person instruction on school sites.
  • Schools that are currently operating under an elementary school waiver are able to continue to provide instruction to students on school sites. 
  • Schools that reopened while their county was in a less restrictive tier are able to continue to provide instruction to students on school sites. 
  • All schools that have not yet reopened for in-person instruction are able to continue to serve small cohorts of students (e.g., students with disabilities) following CDPH Guidance.

Schools are still required to follow the Schools Guidance issued by CDPH which outlines requirements for safe conditions, testing and tracing. Schools may be required to close if certain percentages of staff and students are diagnosed with COVID-19. All existing guidance applicable to schools can be found on the CDPH website. 

As such, we have updated our template letter to clarify that today’s order does not change the existing reopening guidance for schools. Access the updated letter in English and Spanish here.

I will share additional information when it is available. Until then, thank you for your flexibility as we adjust to these ever-changing conditions.


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