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Quick Guide: California K-12 Covid Safety Practices for the New School Year

State health officials say schools are ready to open for in-person instruction now that vaccines have been widely distributed, but districts face two major challenges: Children younger than 12 are still not eligible for Covid vaccines, and cases have begun to surge again a month after the state dropped most of its Covid restrictions.
The California Department of Public Health and the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention have issued detailed guidance on how to safely get students back in classrooms, relying on mask-wearing, frequent testing and other practices to prevent Covid transmission.

Find answers to the questions below and more in this Quick Guide from EdSource.  This Q and A will be updated periodically.

Will students and teachers be required to wear masks? What if they forget a mask at home, refuse to wear one or are unable to wear a mask?

How often will students and staff be tested for Covid-19?

What happens if a student or staff member has Covid-like symptoms or tests positive for Covid? 

Will students be required to social distance?

How do California’s safety recommendations for schools differ from the CDC’s?

Excerpted from “California K-12 Covid Safety Practices for the New School Year” in EdSource. Read the full article online.

Source: EdSource | California K-12 Covid Safety Practices for the New School Year, https://edsource.org/2021/california-k-12-covid-safety-practices-for-the-new-school-year-qa | copyright 2021 EdSource, retrieved July 26, 2021

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