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With millions of students stuck at home learning remotely, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has issued comprehensive guidance to help school leaders decide how to safely bring students back into classrooms, or keep them there.

California has developed its own plan for returning students to school called the Safe Schools for All Plan. To see more about the state's plans for schools, visit the state's website.

San Diego Unified San Diego Unified School District says it plans to launch hybrid instruction for all grades on April 12th, which would allow students to split their time between virtual and in-person learning. In preparation, the county will start vaccinating district employees March 1.

The interactive map below, launched by the state of California, shows a snapshot view of the status of school reopenings across California.

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CDC Offers Clearest Guidance Yet For Reopening Schools

Feb. 12
Cory Turner / NPR

The updated guidelines make key changes to earlier language and include a new color-coded chart that divides school reopening options into four zones based on the level of community transmission.

The San Diego Unified School District headquart...

New Reopening Guidelines For Schools Unveiled

Feb. 12
By Joe Hong

San Diego Unified officials signaled optimism for a partial return to campuses in the coming months while the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention announced updated guidance.

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The La Mesa-Spring Valley School District Offic...

La Mesa-Spring Valley School Board Member Faces Racist Threats And Recall

March 5
By Joe Hong

Chardá Bell-Fontenot said a reopening plan that did not require teachers to be vaccinated is akin to white supremacy. An ugly backlash followed.

Students arrive at Newhall Elementary School Th...

Roundtable: Speeding Up School Reopenings

March 5
By Bennett Lacy

A new law provides financial incentives for school districts that accelerate school reopenings, an investigation into the waiver system that increased nurse workloads during the recent COVID-19 surge, and San Diego County moves to eliminate phone call costs for jail inmates.

Four students sitting at desks 6 feet apart as ...

Gov. Newsom Signs Law Aimed At Putting Kids In Class

March 5
Adam Beam / Associated Press

Gov. Gavin Newsom has signed a law aimed at returning public school students to classrooms. Newsom signed the law on Friday, a day after it passed the state Legislature by a wide margin.

The Montgomery Middle School playground is pict...

Deal Reached To Get California Children Back In Classrooms

March 1
By Associated Press

California’s public schools could get $6.6 billion from the state Legislature if they return to in-person instruction by the end of March, according to a new agreement announced Monday between Gov. Gavin Newsom and the state’s legislative leaders.

A computer provided by the San Diego Unified Sc...

Roundtable: San Diego's Back-To-School Plan

Feb. 26
By Bennett Lacy

The San Diego Unified School District announces a plan to return all grades to in-person learning after a year long COVID-19 hiatus, an examination of California's utility bills show more than $1 billion in past due charges, and San Diego's city council ends years of gridlock on short term home rental regulations.

The San Diego Unified School District Board of ...

The Black Student Experience In San Diego Unified Is Better, But Still Needs Improvement

Feb. 26
By Joe Hong

While the district has seen significant success in graduation and college readiness rates, suspension rates remain disproportionately high.

Students arrive at Newhall Elementary School Th...

Governor's Vaccine Plan Aims To Reopen California Classrooms

Feb. 25
By Associated Press

California Gov. Gavin Newsom is continuing his push to reopen more schools for in-class instruction with a plan broadly outlining how the state will allocate vaccines to education workers.

Edie Evans, a fifth-grader at San Diego Unified...

California Governor Says Deal To Reopen Schools Is Close

Feb. 23
By Associated Press

California Gov. Gavin Newsom is insisting that classrooms will reopen “very, very shortly.” Newsom has for weeks worked with lawmakers on a deal to reopen schools and salvage what's left of this academic year.

The Montgomery Middle School sign is pictured, ...

San Diego Unified School District Targets April 12 Return to Classrooms

Feb. 23
By City News Service

San Diego Unified School District leaders announced a targeted date of April 12 to allow students of all grade levels to return to the classroom.

Four students sitting at desks 6 feet apart as ...

San Diego Unified Expands In-Person Instruction With Learning Labs

Feb. 22
By Joe Hong

Teachers are working with up to 14 students per class, prioritizing students with disabilities and those who’ve fallen behind during distance learning.

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