Reopening Guidelines for Schools & Colleges
QUICK GUIDE: Releases from the union, public health, public education systems

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Click on the division tabs below to quickly find reopening guidelines issued by the CFT, the AFT, the California Department of Public Health, the CDC, and California systems of public education. Where noted, you may click through to union articles with more information where noted. The union guidelines support safe learning spaces for all students, educators, and support staff.  

SCHOOLS

COMMUNITY COLLEGES

July 23, 2021
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
Guidelines for Institutions of Higher Education
Note: California has retired its older public health guidance for higher ed (below) and there is no update as of this date.
> READ OUR UPDATE

August 7, 2020
California Department of Public Health/CalOSHA
COVID-19 Industry Guidance: Institutions of Higher Education 
Includes areas of note for community colleges
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June 26, 2020
California Community Colleges
Report of the Safe Campus Reopening Workgroup
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UNIVERSITY

July 23, 2021
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
Guidelines for Institutions of Higher Education
Note: California has retired its older public health guidance for higher ed (below) and there is no update as of this date.
> READ OUR UPDATE

August 7, 2020
California Public Health Department/CalOSHA
COVID-19 Industry Guidance: Institutions of Higher Education
READ OUR STORY

CFT

February 3, 2021
Classroom Learning and Safe Schools for Employees and Students (CLASSES), A Pathway to Bringing Students Back to Schools
California education unions, including the CFT, craft and release joint school reopening plan.
>READ OUR STORY

June 24, 2020
A Checklist for Safely Reopening California Schools and Colleges
The CFT urges unions to tailor this checklist to local conditions to best assist in ensuring a safe working environment for educators and students now and in the near future. The checklist covers three key areas — General Conditions, Infection Prevention, and Labor Relations. 
>READ OUR FULL STORY

AFT

February 2021
Leveraging Collective Bargaining, and Educator and School Staff Voice, to Reopen Schools Safely
Case studies on how AFT affiliates have laid the groundwork for reopening schools safely
>READ THE AFT STORY

2021
Reopening School Buildings Safely
The three conditions essential for school buildings to reopen
>READ THE AFT STORY

June 1, 2020
Guide to Bringing Parents, Patients, Students and Community Together to Reopen America’s Schools Safely and Equitably
A step-by-step approach for educators, parents and communities

April 29, 2020
A Plan to Reopen American Schools & Communities
Guidance for imagining a new normal for public education, public health and our economy in the age of COVID-19
>READ OUR STORY