California supports the safe return to in-person instruction for the 2021-2022 school year.

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K-12 schools

California has released guidance for K-12 schools for the 2021-2022 school year. This guidance:

  • Helps schools prepare for safe in-person instruction
  • Applies CDC’s latest recommendations to the conditions in California
  • Requires all adults and students in K-12 schools to wear masks indoors
  • Applies to all school-based extracurricular activities, including:
    • Sports
    • Band
    • Chorus
    • Clubs

More information about this guidance:

Visit the Safe Schools Parent page for information about COVID-19 and school safety.

The California Department of Public Health (CDPH) continues to assess conditions on an ongoing basis.

Vaccination requirements for students

Students will be required to get vaccinated to come to school. This will take effect for students in grades 7 through 12 once the vaccine has full FDA approval for kids age 12 and up.

Vaccination and testing requirements for school staff

Teachers and school employees must verify they are fully vaccinated, or get tested regularly for COVID-19.

Find a testing location Get your digital vaccine record

Higher education

Higher education institutions must follow CDPH’s Guidance for the Use of Face Coverings.

Employers must comply with California’s COVID-19 Prevention Emergency Temporary Standards.

Find resources for colleges and universities to reduce the risk of COVID-19.

Public colleges and universities have shared the latest information for their communities.

If you’re applying for or getting financial aid, visit the California Student Aid Commission website for updates.


Childcare providers must follow the guidance for childcare.

Visit ​​ to find a provider in your area.

California has programs to help families pay for childcare. Find out if you qualify for help paying for childcare.

Camps and supervised youth activities

California’s guidance for overnight camps is in effect through September 2021.

Day camps and other supervised youth activities must follow the guidance for K-12 schools. Post this checklist on your website to let employees and families know about your safety measures.

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