COVID-19 Reopening Information for K-12 Schools in California

2020-2021 School Year

For Schools and School Districts within Riverside County


On January 14, 2021, the California Department of Public Health (CDPH) released new consolidated school guidance. This document includes updates to the COVID-19 and Reopening In-Person Learning Framework for K-12 schools in California. It also consolidates content from other CDPH COVID-19 and school-related documents and supersedes previous COVID-19 and Cal/OSHA school guidance.

The guidance is a public health directive that applies to all public and private schools operating in California. Under the California Health and Safety Code, schools must comply with orders and guidance issued by CDPH and their local health departments (LHDs) to limit the spread of COVID-19 and protect public health. The new school guidance can be found here: Consolidated Schools Guidance  
Schools serving grades TK-6 may reopen for in-person instruction when the countywide adjusted case rate (CR) is less than 25 cases per 100,000 population per day while still in the purple tier.

COVID-19 Safety Plan (CSP)
The COVID-19 Safety Plan (CSP) includes the School Guidance Checklist and the Cal/OSHA COVID-19 Prevention Plan (CPP). The documents together make up the CSP constitute the school or school district’s reopening plan. Additionally, the reopening plan needs to be posted on the school/district website.

COVID-19 “Safe Schools for All” Hub (HUB)
The HUB is where you can access all CSP information for the CSP:  

  • Click on “COVID-19 Safety Plan Components”
  • There you will find:
    • The School Guidance Checklist (fill in form)
    • The COVID-19 Safety Plan – COVID-19 Prevention Program (CPP) template

The HUB is also a great resource for information regarding COVID-19 resources and support.

Submission and Review Process
In order for a school/district to reopen during the purple tier, completed CSP documents must be submitted to Riverside County to the following in one email:  

Upon reception of the CSP from schools, Riverside County Department of Public Health will review the documents and provide feedback regarding any deficiencies. Once all deficiencies have been addressed, the CSP will be approved by the Riverside County Public Health Officer.

Criteria to Reopen for In-Person Instruction
Please visit the links below for updated information regarding criteria for schools to reopen for in-person instruction: