October 24, 2021

Safe School Opening Resources

The following curated collection of resources provides reputable, current research-based, and reliable public health guidance for safe, in-person instruction. These resources include both mandatory requirements and discretionary recommendations, issued by State and National sources, to support and guide teachers, administrators, and community members.
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California Resources

The following curated collection of resources provides recommendations, specific to California, for safe, in-person learning. The resources included provide information about:

  • general school guidance,
  • school ventilation and filtration systems, and
  • testing strategies.

Also featured is the Safe Schools for All Hub, a consolidation of information related to COVID-19 and K-12 schools in California.

California Department of Public Health

The California Department of Public Health (CDPH), in collaboration with local health departments and state, federal, and private partners, works to protect the public’s health and encourage positive health outcomes for California residents, visitors, and communities.

K–12 School Guidance School Ventilation and Filtration COVID-19 Testing Strategies
CDPH adapts CDC’s recommendations for safe, in-person, K–12 instruction, to California’s context. This guidance applies to the 2021–2022 academic year and is reviewed regularly.

CDPH outlines strategies to increase ventilation, filtration, and air quality in indoor environments to reduce the spread of COVID-19.

CDPH outlines COVID-19 testing options and approaches for K–12 schools to utilize testing as an effective tool to prevent transmission of COVID-19.

 

State of California Safe Schools for All Hub

The Safe Schools for All Hub is a consolidation of information related to COVID-19 and K-12 schools in California.

Safe Schools for All Hub
Found within the Hub is California’s Safe Schools for All Plan which outlines conditions and practices that minimize in-school COVID-19 transmission, recommended for schools returning to in-person instruction.

 

National Resources

These National resources include:

  • specific guidance and mitigation strategies for music classrooms,
  • general information for K-12 schools,
  • COVID-19 transmission prevention strategies, and
  • guidance for fully vaccinated individuals.

General

Guidance for School Administrators Guidance for Fully Vaccinated People
CDC outlines strategies for K-12 schools to maintain safe operations, protecting students, teachers, and staff, reducing the spread of COVID-19.

This guidance provides recommendations for fully vaccinated people including how to safely resume activities, travel recommendations, and how people should approach isolation, quarantine, and testing.

 

Music

Return To Music Phase III — Guidance & Resources Mitigation Strategies for Wind Instruments Mitigation Strategies for Choir
NAfME and NFHS outline safe practices for music classrooms, supported by current research and aerosol studies.

Provided here are strategies to increase ventilation, filtration, and air quality in indoor music classrooms to reduce the spread of COVID-19.

Provided here are strategies to increase ventilation, filtration, and air quality in indoor music classrooms to reduce the spread of COVID-19.