COVID-19 Guidance for Child Care and Student Supervision in the Event of a School Closure - March 17, 2020
A letter from Governor Gavin Newsom intended to be a statewide guidance to help both individuals and caregivers inform their decision making as school closures due to COVID-19 become more prevalent.
As of March 17, 2020, the Counties of Marin, Alameda, Contra Costa, San Francisco, San Mateo, Santa Clara, and Santa Cruz have issued "Shelter in Place" orders. It is anticipated that Sonoma County will issue an order effective March 17, 2020 at midnight.
The Families First Act provides emergency relief for the COVID-19 pandemic. The letter reviews portions of the bill relevant to schools, such as:
- School nutrition
- Family and Medical Leave
- Paid Sick Leave
Governor's March 12, 2020 Executive Order N-25-20 Regarding Teleconferencing of Board Meetings; and Emergency Meeting Requirements under the Brown Act
A legal Update from the School & College Legal Services of California regarding:
- Governor's March 12, 2020 Executive Order N-25-20 Relaxes Restrictions on Holding Board Meetings by Teleconference
- Brown Act Notice Requirements for Special and Emergency Meetings
Governor's March 17, 2020 Executive Order N-29-20 Further Revising Teleconferencing of Board Meetings
As of March 17, 2020, the new teleconferencing rules set forth in the Executive Order N-29-20 allow all board members and staff to attend a district board meeting by telephone or teleconferencing, without requiring that the board make space available for the public to appear at any physical location, and without posting an agenda at each location from which a board member calls in provided certain criteria are met.
On March 12, 2020, the Governor issued Executive Order N-26-20, which addresses Local Educational Agencies (LEAs) and responses to COVID-19 issues. The attached Legal Update has added information related to Senate Bills 117 and 89. The purpose of the Legal Update is to summarize the Governor's Executive Order and to address various other COVID-19 issues in a Frequently Asked Question format. Click here for the Resolution of School District Governing Board template to use with regard to Emergency Actions by the Superintendent of Schools.
A Memo from the Marin County Department of Health and Human Services regarding the Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) Childcare Guidance.
Classified and Certificated Employees - Notification of Reasonable Assurance of Employment for 2019-2020
In order for classified employees who do not work during the summer to be held ineligible for unemployment benefits, Unemployment Insurance Code Section 1253.3 requires that districts send these employees a "letter of reasonable assurance" no later than 30 days prior to the last day of the academic year or term. The Code required very specific language. Click here to view sample letters.
As schools move to distance learning for their students, please follow the general guidelines set forth in the Legal Update from School and College Legal Services of California.