Health and Safety Updates

Update on Coronavirus (COVID-19) (July 29)

On Wednesday, July 29, the San Joaquin County Public Health Officer revised the Stay at Home Order to implement California Department of Public Health guidance for distance learning for all schools in the county and issued the following press release:

Stockton, Calif. – To maintain consistency with the State Public Health Officer framework for reopening K-12 schools in California that was released on July 17, 2020, the San Joaquin County Public Health Officer, Dr. Maggie Park, has issued a public health order to clarify how the State order applies to all schools in San Joaquin County.

The State framework allows elementary schools to seek a waiver to enable in-person instruction if requested by the superintendent (or equivalent for charter or private schools). The fact that the State requires both private and public schools to submit requests indicates that the general rule prohibiting in-person instruction in counties on the monitoring watch list and applies equally to public and private schools.

This public health order indicates that all educational institutions providing K-12 education in San Joaquin County, including school districts, public schools, private schools, and charter schools, must conduct distance learning until the County has been off the Monitoring list for 14 days or the school has requested and been provided a waiver. Local health officers must review local community epidemiological data, consider other public health interventions, and consult with California Department of Public Health when considering a waiver request.

“The goal is still to have all students return for in-person learning, but only when it is safer for the students and their teachers to return to the classroom,” said Dr. Park. “With COVID-19 continuing to spread throughout the community and impacting our healthcare systems, it is critical that everyone follow the public health orders and guidance to stop the spread of this disease to the point where we are able to return to our normal daily routines.”

Schools must also adhere to the guidance published by the State, which can be found at https://www.cdph.ca.gov/Programs/CID/DCDC/Pages/Guidance.aspx. Guidance mandating the wearing of face coverings and prohibiting gatherings continue to apply statewide, except as expressly permitted in other orders or guidance documents. COVID-19 is still spreading and prevalent in San Joaquin County. It is essential to practice regular hand washing and physical distancing of at least 6 feet from other people. Wearing a mask or cloth face covering can slow the spread of COVID-19 by limiting the release of the virus. Visit www.sjcphs.org and www.SJReady.org for the latest updates on COVID-19 response.

Read the order here.

2020-2021 School Year Planning Updates

The COVID-19 pandemic resulted in the statewide closure of school campuses earlier this year and created an unprecedented challenge to local schools as they continued to provide an education and other services to students and their families in San Joaquin County, where schools moved to a distance-learning model after campuses closed on March 16. In order to provide guidance and support to educational leaders preparing to begin the new academic year, the San Joaquin County Office of Education (SJCOE) and San Joaquin County Public Health Services (SJCPHS) developed a planning document in collaboration superintendents from San Joaquin County's 14 school districts on June 17, 2020.

Aligned with recommendations from the California Department of Public Health and approved by the San Joaquin County Public Health Officer, the 2020-2021 School Year Planning: A Guide to Address the Challenges of COVID-19 was based on the best available information about COVID-19 in the county at the time of its development and publication. The guidance in the document was subject to revision as circumstances related to COVID-19 changed. The changes are as follows:

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San Joaquin County Public Health Order Regarding Public and Private Schools (July 29, 2020)

Previous Coronavirius (COVID-19) Updates:

July 17 Update

July 13 Update

June 16 Update

April 21 Update

April 2 Update

March 28 Update

March 25 Update

March 17 Update

March 13 Update

March 12 Update

March 10 Update

March 6 Update