Aug. 3, 2020
Dear Superintendents and School Leaders,

In guidance released tonight, the California Department of Public Health (CDPH) detailed the process for districts and schools to apply for a waiver to reopen campuses for in-person instruction for students in grades TK-6.

The CDPH COVID-19 and Reopening in-Person Learning Framework is intended "to support school communities as they decide when and how to implement in-person instruction for the 2020-21 school year."

This framework permits schools and school districts to reopen for in-person instruction at any time if they are located in a local health jurisdiction (LHJ) that has not been on the county monitoring list within the prior 14 days. If the LHJ has been on the monitoring list within the last 14 days, the school must conduct distance learning only until their LHJ has been off the monitoring list for at least 14 days.

The framework authorizes local health officers to grant a waiver of this criteria in order for elementary schools to open for in-person instruction under specified conditions. Applicants must satisfy all waiver requirements in order to be granted a waiver. Waivers should be granted or denied pursuant to the process outlined in this document.

Local public health is reviewing this framework to determine how to implement it. We expect that they will share updates on this process during their weekly telebriefing tomorrow at 10 a.m.

CDPH also released tonight updated guidance for all youth sports (school, club, and recreational). Click the links to view details on school sports (pages 13-14) and youth sports (including school-based, club, and recreational sports), or the Q and A that applies to all youth sports (including school-based, club, and recreational sports).

Thank you for all you are doing during these unprecedented times. Please don't hesitate to get in touch if I can be of assistance.


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