March 23: Sonoma County Social Distancing Guidance for School Reopening
Following the new Centers for Disease Control guidelines about social distancing, the California Department of Public Health (CDPH) issued updated guidance for schools on Saturday, March 20. Under these changes, schools are now allowed to set up classrooms with a minimum of three feet of distance, rather than six, between student chairs. This is intended to provide schools and districts greater flexibility and options for bringing students back to in-person instruction. Linked above are considerations to help schools and districts implement these state guidelines if they choose to do so, with particular caution recommended for middle and high school grades where multiple stable groups of students may mix.
School Reopening Status
- Map: School Reopening Status - Hosted by State of California
- County of Sonoma - List of schools that have submitted COVID-19 Safety Plans for reopening (and status of approval)
Latest Correspondence from SCOE/County Health
- 3/22/21: Response to State Changes to Social Distancing Requirements for Schools
- 2/18/21: How the new CDC Guidance Impacts California School Reopening
- 2/10/21: Press Release: Revised state guidance allows Sonoma County TK-6 grade levels to apply for in-person learning with approved safety plan | Spanish
- 2/5/21: Community Letter on School Reopening | Spanish
Find Services and Information
Learn more about the timeline for when Sonoma County educators will have access to the COVID-19 vaccine.
Learn the latest regarding distance learning and school reopening due to COVID-19.
Distance Learning Resources for Educators
Access webinars, sample resources, best practices and more.
Mental Wellness Resources for Educators
Mental wellness supports designed specifically for educators.
Health & School Reopening Guidelines
Health guidelines and protocols.
COVID-19 Safety Plans
Information and resources for schools/districts to successfully submit a COVID-19 Safety Plan
Video: Update on School Reopening
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04/06/2021 • Teacher of the Month: Brittany Machado
How SCOE Is Helping
- Working with the county health department and office of emergency services to respond to COVID-19 (Coronavirus) within Sonoma County.
- Facilitate regular meetings and between the County Health Officer and school districts beginning Feb. 3 and continuing to present
- Meet weekly with county health department to develop health-based guidance and resources for districts
- Coordinating information and contracts with COVID-19 testing vendors so that schools can meet testing requirements
- Managing county-wide effort to vaccinate more than 17,000 school staff
- Advocating at the state level for better broadband access for rural school districts
- Advocating at the state level for clear, consistent school reopening guidance to ease the burden on individual districts
- Providing ongoing, customized support to school districts to support them with school reopening and distance learning, including technology support and assistance in serving specialized student groups such as English learners, students receiving special education services, and homeless/foster youth.