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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.

Previous Updates

Important Topics

Things You Should Know

  • Governor Newsom declared a Stay at Home executive order effective March 19, mandating individuals across the state to, except for essential services, remain in their homes to prevent the spread of COVID-19. Click here for the details. 

  • The order does NOT change the directive for school districts to continue offering distance learning and meal service for our students. These are considered essential services. 

  • As part of our transition to at-home learning, the district is closing its schools and district office to the public effective Monday, March 23.  The majority of GGUSD’s employees are working from home, responding to calls and emails as quickly as possible.

  • Teachers are working diligently to provide learning opportunities that can be accessed from home and schools have distributed laptops/devices to students as appropriate.

  • Parents are strongly encouraged to make sure your contact information is up to date in the Parent Portal. This will ensure that you receive regular communication from GGUSD via ParentSquare (voicemail, text, and/or email).

For updates about the coronavirus

visit or call the OC Health Care Agency Referral Line at (800) 564-8448.