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CA Releases New School Guidance

00:00 AM - July 17, 2020

A Message from El Dorado County Superintendent Dr. Ed Manansala

Dear El Dorado County,

Today, July 17, Gov. Gavin Newsom released enhanced school health guidance developed by the California Department of Public Health (CDPH) that includes more prescriptive considerations for opening and operating schools. From the onset of this pandemic, the El Dorado County Office of Education (EDCOE), and the 15 school districts we serve, have emphasized the need to utilize state and local health guidance available in order to prioritize student and staff health and safety. The direction provided today marks the beginning of the California Department of Public Health playing a stronger role in providing school guidance.

Today’s guidance outlines specifics for operating schools under COVID-19 and provides criteria for opening and closing classrooms, schools, and districts. This guidance provides families, students and staff with consistent health and safety protocols. The complete document may be found on the CDPH website at

EDCOE and local school leaders will continue to work closely with Dr. Nancy Williams, El Dorado County Public Health Officer, to interpret and implement this guidance into the plans that school districts have been working on diligently throughout the summer.

I thank our school leaders, school teams, parents, and students for your flexibility and understanding during these incredibly challenging and ever-evolving times.

Dr. Ed Manansala
El Dorado County Superintendent of Schools

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