New CDPH Guidance

Tuesday, July 13, 2021

Dear GGUSD Families,

As we have shared, GGUSD schools will open with 5 full days of in-person instruction in the fall.  We made this announcement in the Spring and have been preparing for all possible health and safety scenarios to ensure that we can bring all students back to school.  We know that school is the safest place for children to be and the best place for children to learn. 

Yesterday, the California Department of Public Health issued updated guidance for K-12 schools. Below is a quick summary of what was released. Since this guidance was announced, additional questions and need for clarity have been expressed and updates are pending. We will share more details as we are still seeking clarification from legal counsel to ensure smooth implementation.  


  • Physical distancing requirements have been eliminated.  This will allow all students to learn from the classroom without physical barriers or restrictive distancing. This is great news for student learning! 
  • Students will no longer be required to wear masks in ANY outdoor settings including coming onto/exiting campus, during lunch, recess or during outdoor before and after school programs.  Masks will be required indoors at school sites during the school day. CDPH will continue to assess conditions and will determine no later than November 1 whether to update mask requirements or recommendations.

The new guidance also includes recommendations for ventilation, staying home when sick, screening, case reporting, quarantine procedures for vaccinated and unvaccinated individuals, hand hygiene, cleaning, food service, vaccination verification, and safety planning.

As a reminder, CDPH dictates the health requirements that schools must follow. We remain committed to providing a safe learning environment for all students! We will continue to utilize stringent cleaning and disinfection procedures, promote frequent hand washing, encourage staff and students who are ill to stay home, and other proven COVID-19 prevention strategies.

We will keep you updated as we have more details to share.