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Reopening and Reclosing

When can students and staff return to campus?


At this point in the COVID-19 pandemic, California is prepared to enter a new phase. We have made significant progress in vaccinating individuals and reducing community transmission thanks to the steps taken by Californians. 

Given new circumstances created by COVID-19, LEAs should liaise with Local Health Officers (LHO) and be mindful of special circumstances that may prevent some students from returning to campus and may lead others to require additional support when on campus. Additionally, LEAs must notify the California Department of Public Health of how they are serving students.



Working collaboratively with local health officials and understanding public health guidance will help LEAs respond to the changing circumstances to ensure the safety of students and staff. 



LEAs can return students to campus. 

All schools can now resume in-person instruction. 


As of June 15, 2021, the Governor terminated the executive orders that put into place the Stay Home Order and the Blueprint for a Safer Economy. Among the restrictions that ended on June 15 was the County Tier Systems which provided guidance on when schools could resume in-person instructions. 





Establishing productive relationships with key partners with whom you will interact on an ongoing basis is key to ensuring the safety of your learning community. Since information is rapidly evolving and new information and guidance are coming out continuously as people learn more, having strong relationships with the people closest to the information will assure you can support your community in bringing students back on campus and keeping them safe.


A good way to start your health and safety planning is to establish productive relationships with key partners with whom you will interact on an ongoing basis to ensure the safety of your learning community.  


  • County Health Officer: Consult with your county health officer or their designated staff, who are best positioned to monitor and provide advice on local conditions. A directory of county health officers can be found here.   
  • County Offices of Education: Coordinate with county offices of education (COEs) for up-to-date local information and developments.
  • Child Care/After School Partners: Ensure you also include child care and/or after school partners in your planning, as it is likely you will need to tightly coordinate services and logistics to ensure the least amount of student exposure to COVID-19.
  • State Safe Schools for All Technical Assistance Team: As of January 2021, LEAs can also access State Technical Assistance resources available for schools and for LHDs to support safe and successful in-person instruction, through Safe Schools for All Hub.


Collaborating with your LEA’s labor partners, which are a vital part of the school community, will be more essential than ever during the COVID-19 pandemic. 


For more information and resources on how to build high-performing collaborative relationships between labor partners and management, visit the California Labor Management Initiative (CA LMI). The goal of the CA LMI is to make labor-management collaboration an integral part of improving public schools and advance equity in California.



  • Website of the California Labor Management Initiative
  • AFT’s ABC’s of Partnership, Creating a Labor-Management Partnership Focused on Student Achievement

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

The Health & Safety Guidebook for California LEAs
The Health & Safety Guidebook for California LEAs was developed in collaboration with the
California State Board of Education, the California Department of Public Health, and other technical assistance partners.