SAN FRANCISCO (KGO) -- Department of Education leaders revealed guidelines for California schools to reopen Monday in a press conference hosted by State Superintendent Tony Thurmond.
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The 62 pages of guidelines detail suggestions for districts to implement physical distancing and heightened disinfecting procedures.
Classrooms need to be laid out in a way that ensures students can stay 6 feet apart at all times. Schools buses should also have limited capacity to allow students to space out.
All staff are being asked to wear face coverings or a clear face shield that allows students to see their expressions.
Students will be required to wear face coverings at a minimum: waiting to enter school, while on school grounds (except while eating), leaving schools and on school buses. Districts also have the option to mandate face coverings for students in the classroom.
In cafeterias, self-service buffets and shared tables are going to suspended. Students may eat their lunches in the classroom, spaced out at their desks.
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The Department of Education also provides districts with four scheduling options that will make it easier to space students out:
Even as classrooms reopen, the state is asking districts to keep distance learning as an option for students who prefer it. Thurmond said in a survey of parents, many asked that it remain an option for their children.
Schools also need to have a plan to close schools again in the case of an outbreak on campus.
"There is no one size fits all solution," said Chief Deputy Superintendent Stephanie Gregson. "There are no mandates within this document."
Thurmond said he expects the guidelines to be adjusted, modified and adapted as they are implemented around the state.
Watch: State Superintendent Tony Thurmond discussed guidance for reopening California schools
See the full detailed guidance here.
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