Continuity of Learning

Distance & Hybrid Learning Playbooks to Support California LEAs

Watch a webinar introducing the Playbooks: “Planning Equity-Driven Distance and Hybrid Learning”. 

About The Playbooks

The CCEE presents these playbooks in collaboration with our county offices of education, local educational agencies, and other technical assistance partners for planning a safe return to school that maximizes future equity outcomes and addresses the diverse needs of California’s students while adapting to the challenges posed by COVID-19.

Translating the broad benefits of school—including the community, social connections, emotional support, academics, and enrichment it provides—into a new model of teaching and learning during extraordinary times is no easy task. Doing so while taking into account the diverse learning needs, languages, and living situations of students across your district is even more complex. 


The purpose of this resource is to support LEAs by providing suggestions to use or adapt as you see fit. We hope it can help leadership teams avoid having to reinvent the wheel.

This website offers two playbooks to assist LEA leaders planning for teaching and learning in this new context: the Distance Learning Playbook, which focuses on learning when no in-person interactions are possible; and the Hybrid Learning Playbook, which covers instruction when some in-person interaction is feasible. Each offers practical, easy-to-understand resources, tools, and tips for leadership teams to consider adopting. We recognize that local educational agencies will be making decisions based on the needs, concerns, and goals of their school and district communities, including local health and safety precautions. These playbooks do not supersede any of those but are meant to provide resources for planning based on them. 


We hope they may serve as a robust starting point for you and your LEA. When you are ready to dive deeper into your planning, we link to more specific resources in each section. 

As educators, parents, and leaders, we believe equity should underlie all that we do. As such, we felt it was important to highlight equity considerations in each section rather than make it a standalone, add-on item. 

 

If you want to see equity-related recommendations at a glance, you can visit this table

 

If you’re looking to dive deeper into this work, our colleagues at Pivot and Unbound Ed have developed a great Equity Toolkit with some ready-to-use surveys and tools. And the great folks at SDCOE offer these additional guides on supporting particular subgroups of students: 

For more information about how this tool was created and answers to other questions, see the FAQ section.  

The Playbooks

This website offers two playbooks to assist LEA leaders planning for teaching and learning in this new COVID-19 context: the Distance Learning Playbook and the Hybrid Learning Playbook. Each suggests nine areas of focus to guide planning: setting goals, creating schedules, communicating with families, assessing student needs, supporting social-emotional learning, building capacity, supporting English language learners, supporting students with special needs, and leveraging ancillary programs. Both offer practical, easy-to-understand resources, tools, and tips for leadership teams to consider adopting. As equity should underlie everything we do as educators, we offer equity considerations throughout. To see them at a glance, visit this table.

Distance
Learning
Playbook

  • No in-person interaction.

Hybrid
Learning
Playbook

  • Some in-person interaction.
The Continuity of Learning Playbooks
The Continuity of Learning Playbooks were developed in collaboration with our county
office of educations, local educational agencies, and other technical assistance partners, including: