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 updated COVID-19 public health guidance for K-12 schools for the 2021-2022 school year.

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The California Department of Public Health (CDPH) continues to assess conditions.

Masking at school after March 11, 2022

In schools, masks are strongly recommended for everyone when indoors.

Learn about masking tips for children

Vaccination requirement for students

Students will be required to get vaccinated to come to school. This will take effect for students once the vaccine has full FDA approval for their age group.

Vaccination requirement for school staff

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


Childcare

Childcare providers must follow the guidance for childcare providers and programs.

Masking at childcare after March 11, 2022

In childcare settings, masks are strongly recommended for everyone when indoors.

Learn about masking tips for children.

What to do if a child has or might have COVID-19

Learn what to do if a child:

Find a childcare provider

Visit ​​mychildcare.ca.gov to find a provider in your area.

Get help paying for childcare

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


Camps and supervised youth activities

Day camps and other supervised youth activities must follow the COVID-19 public health guidance for K-12 schools.


Higher education

Higher education institutions must follow:

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 getting financial aid, visit the California Student Aid Commission website for updates.