Date: July 12, 2021
SACRAMENTO – Today, the California Department of Public Health (CDPH) released the most recent statistics on COVID-19 and updates on the state’s pandemic response.
Updated K-12 Schools Guidance
CDPH has released updated COVID-19 Public Health Guidance for K-12 Schools in California, 2021-22 School Year, which follows Friday's statement on the matter. The guidance aligns California school policy with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's (CDC) updated recommendations for K-12 schools.
It is the state's goal that all students must have access to safe and full in-person instruction for the 2021-22 school year. The guidance emphasizes the following: vaccination for all eligible individuals to get COVID-19 rates down throughout the community; continued masking in schools, which enables no minimum physical distancing, allowing all students access to full in-person learning, and more targeted quarantine practices, keeping students in school; and access to a robust COVID-19 testing program as an available additional safety layer. Recent evidence indicates that in-person instruction can occur safely without minimum physical distancing requirements when other mitigation strategies (such as masking) are fully implemented.