Return Health In-Person Instruction

Criteria to Reopen for In-Person Instruction
Return to Health

Overview

In-Person Instruction Grant requirements

Purple tier (< 25 cases per 100K) – All students in grades TK-2

Red/orange/yellow tiers – All elementary grades, and one middle or high school grade

Senate Bill 86 allocates additional funding for in-person instruction, however districts/schools must offer continuous in-person instruction by April 1 (or the first day after Spring Break). After April 1, or the next scheduled day of school, districts will loose 1% of funding for each instructional day that passes without offering in-person instruction. In-person instruction must start by May 15 or all funding is forfeited. Districts must also post their COVID-19 Safety Plan at least 5 days prior to offering in-person instruction. To learn more see the Safe Schools for All Learning Hub website.

In-Person Reopening Criteria

Red (Tier 2/Substantial), Orange (Tier 3/Moderate) and Yellow (Tier 4/Minimal) County Risk Tiers: Schools must reopen for all elementary grades and at least one middle or high school grade districtwide. Schools are encouraged to reopen at all grades levels under the Blueprint for a Safer Economy. Schools that reopen must adhere to all updated guidance for schools.

Purple (Tier 1/Widespread) County Risk Tier

If a school was already open or was implementing a phased reopening while the county was in the Red Tier, the school site may continue to remain open if the county moves back to the Purple Tier. Under the preexisting CDPH Small Group/Cohort guidance, targeted in-person instruction must be offered for cohorts of prioritized students in all grades, including pupils with disabilities, pupils at risk for abuse or neglect, youth in foster care, youth experiencing homelessness, English language learners, pupils without access to online instruction and disengaged pupils.

District schools serving grades TK-6 not already open may reopen for in-person instruction in the Purple Tier when the following conditions are met:

  • Case Rates <25: Schools serving students in grades K-6 may only reopen for in-person instruction when the adjusted case rate is at 25 cases per 100,000 population per day or lower for 5 consecutive days.
  • COVID Safety Plan is approved and posted to their website homepage.

Teachers, school and support staff, and administrators may return to work physically while counties are not open for in-person instruction, provided that those on site follow all public health mitigation requirements outlined in this Return to Health plan.

Table 1. School Reopening Actions for In-Person, by Tier

Yellow

Case Rate less than 1*

Test Positivity below 2%

Orange

Case Rate 1-3.9*

Test Positivity 2 – 4.9%

Red

Case Rate 4-7*

Test Positivity 5-8%

Purple

Case Rate More than 7*

Test Positivity More than 8%

COVID-19 Safety Plan posted publicly for K-12th grades 5 days prior to in-person instruction.

To be eligible for grant funding:

  • All elementary grades must be reopened
  • At least one middle or high school grade is reopened across the district

COVID Safety Plan posted publicly for K-12th grades 5 days prior to in-person instruction.

To be eligible for grant funding:

  • All elementary grades must be reopened
  • At least one middle or high school grade is reopened across the district

COVID Safety Plan posted publicly for K-12th grades 5 days prior to in-person instruction.

To be eligible for grant funding:

  • All elementary grades must be reopened
  • At least one middle or high school grade is reopened across the district

Already reopened: COVID Safety Plan posted publicly by 02/01/21.

Not previously open:

COVID Safety Plan posted publicly for K-6, and submitted concurrently to LHD and State Safe Schools for All Team.

  • 7 business days for review.
  • 7th-12th grade reopening not permitted if CR>7*.
  • K-6th grade reopening not permitted if CR>25*, though COVID Safety Plan can be posted and submitted for review.

To be eligible for grant funding:

  • Grades TK-2 must be open by April 1
  • Targeted in-person instruction must be offered to prioritized students pursuant to the Cohorting Guidance

*Adjusted Case Rate