CDPH Convenes K-12 Safe Return to School Panels

On Thursday, the California Department of Public Health (CDPH) announced a series of community meetings to share information about COVID-19 as parents and students prepare for full-time, in-person instruction this coming fall. The school health plans are 90-minute virtual meetings featuring local education representatives, medical experts, school mental health experts, community advocates and others.

Nine panels are occurring between July 28 through August 5, with at least four sessions in Spanish in targeted school districts based on a combination of health- and school-related factors, including COVID-19 vaccination rates, COVID-19 transmission, and last school year’s instruction method. Targeted school districts include those in Alameda, Los Angeles, the Central Valley, Sacramento, and the Inland Empire.

CDPH’s new campaign is supported by Safe Schools for All, the $25 million parent engagement campaign to support the safe opening of schools in the fall. In addition to $1 million for this current outreach campaign, on-the-ground local collaborations between local health departments and county offices of education will be carried out statewide. 

Additional information from CDPH is available here.