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Here's a look at plans for reopening from Northern California school districts

Though many local schools set on an August start to the 2020-21 school year, in-person classes and distance learning will look different.

Samantha Solomon (ABC10)

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Class of 2020 car parades honking in the distance were the dying sounds of the 2019-20 school year amid the coronavirus pandemic, and many educators, parents and students looked to the fall as a time when classes could return to normal.

With new guidance from the state of California and Governor Gavin Newsom on reopening schools, face-to-face instruction will have to wait in some California counties.

The start to the school year comes with many new guidelines, including restrictions for counties on the California County Monitoring List, which must be off the list for 14 consecutive days before allowed to start in-person instruction.

This could be alarming for some local districts that announced back-to-school start dates in August, as the school districts on this list all reside within a county—Sacramento, Placer, Stanislaus, San Joaquin, or Yolo—that is on the County Monitoring List at this time.

Governor Newsom's reopening plan for schools has some guidance on distance learning, which includes:

  • Devices and connectivity so that every child can participate in distance learning.
  • Daily live interaction for every child with teachers and other students.
  • Class assignments that are challenging and equivalent to in-person instruction.
  • Targeted supports and interventions for English learners and special education students.

For on-campus classrooms, the state outlines several practices that will help slow the spread of COVID-19 as people return to the classroom. 

These practices include:

  • Promote healthy hygiene practices.
  • Use face coverings for all staff and students in 3rd grade and above. Face coverings are strongly encouraged for children 2 years old to 2nd grade. 
  • Ensure staff and students maintain physical distancing.