Page last updated on July 28, 2020

A message from Stanislaus County Public Health Officer on July 27, 2020: 

"Stanislaus County children need to be in school. We all want this; the teachers, the school administrators, the community, all of us want children to learn in a classroom. The distance learning alternative and the lack of important school-based programs and activities means a painful loss to our community. We are also aware of the stress working families have when the children are not in school during the day. So why can’t we open the schools now and if we can’t, what will it take to get us there?"
Click Here for the complete message. Mensaje en español

On July 17, 2020, Governor Newsom lays out pandemic plan for learning and safe school. This plan centers on rigorous instruction for students even when schools are physically closed. Decisions to open in-person will be determined by local data that the public can track on a daily basis. Schools open for in-person instruction will implement precautions, including a requirement that students in 3rd grade and above wear masks. 

School Guidance during COVID-19 includes:

  1. Safe in-person school based on local health data
  2. Mask requirements
  3. Physical distancing + other adaptations
  4. Regular testing + dedicated contact tracing
  5. Rigorous distance learning New Statewide requirements:
  • Access to devices and connectivity for all kids
  • Daily live interaction with teachers and other students
  • Challenging assignments equivalent to in-person classes
  • Adapted lessons for English language learners and special education students

Click here to learn more.

Update on July 13, 2020, school district superintendents throughout the county met with Dr. Julie Vaishampayan, Stanislaus County Public Health Officer. Our goal for the past few months has been to safely get our children back to in-classroom education.
​Dr. Vaishampayan provided an update on the Coronavirus (COVID-19) and recent community spread and determined the guidelines for K-12 education moving forward. Widespread community transmission has forced us to make the difficult decision to delay the return of our children to school classrooms. This announcement represents a significant disappointment for the many thousands of teachers, administrators, and support staff, who were looking forward to welcoming students back in August.

The following determinations were made by Dr. Vaishampayan:

  • Schools should open in August with a Distance Learning Model
  • All conditioning for fall sports are suspended until further notice
  • Extracurricular activities (i.e., band, sports, theater/drama, etc.) are also suspended until further notice

We recognize the significant impact school closures have on our entire community, students, families, and staff. SCOE and all 25 school districts will continue to work diligently and collaboratively towards a prompt and safe reopening of schools in Stanislaus County when health conditions allow.

NEW on July 13: Governor Newsom closed the following indoor operations in 30 counties currently on the monitoring list (click here to see the list) and Stanislaus County is on the monitor listing. Changes affect the following:

  • Dine-In Restaurants
  • Wineries & Tasting Rooms
  • Movie Theaters
  • Family Entertainment Centers
  • Zoos and museums
  • Cardrooms
  • Bars must close ALL operations
  • Fitness Centers
  • Places of worship
  • Offices for non-critical sectors
  • Personal care services
  • Hair salons and barbershops
  • Malls

In effect as of June 18: Californians are required to wear face coverings in public spaces - particularly indoors or when physical distancing is not possible. Read more on the state's face-covering mandate:

The Stanislaus County 2020-21 School Year Planning: A guide to address the challenges of COVID-19

School Planning Guide School Planning Guide Spanish
English Español



Click here to check out the latest CA State Guidance for reopening businesses and places of worship.


Thank you to the school staff working behind the scenes to support students and families. We appreciate everything you are doing! #inthistogether #unsungheroes #WeAreStanCOE #StanCoCares #StanStrong


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