COVID-19 Resources for the New School Year!
September 2, 2022

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Happy face with "Stay safe" underneathAs a conduit for communications, CAN is committed to providing Expanded Learning (EXL), Out-of-School-Time (OST), and other educator practitioners with information and resources to support children, families, and communities with a safe return to the new school year. COVID is still alive and infecting our communities. To help mitigate the spread of COVID and promote Health & Wellness, we are sharing a mini-newsletter with recent information and resources from a variety of CA departments and agencies.

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Updated COVID-19 Public Health Guidance for K-12 Schools from CDPH

CDPH logoOn June 30, 2022, the California Department of Public Health (CDPH) posted COVID-19 Public Health Guidance for K-12 Schools in California (2022-23 School Year).

The guidance is intended to support safe, in-person learning in K-12 schools and mitigate the spread of COVID-19. Disease management strategies in K-12 schools are guided by the principle that safe, in-person learning is critical to student well-being and development.


Post VA58 Briefing – Information & Resources

Cover slide of BriefThe California AfterSchool Network was excited to partner with Vaccinate ALL 58 and the CA Department of Public Health, for all the latest information and resources for our youngest Californians on Thursday, August 18, 2022, in a virtual brief. Please note, this brief focuses specifically on COVID vaccinations, only. For information and resources on other COVID-related items, such as testing or masking requirements, please visit the CDC website


Get Vaccinated for Back-to-School

young person with a backpack wearing a face maskThe California Department of Public Health (CDPH) is reminding families to protect their children against COVID-19 this back-to-school season by getting vaccinated. Add COVID-19 vaccines to your child’s back-to-school checklist for a safe return to school. Vaccines have proven to be safe and effective and can protect your child from the serious outcomes of the virus.

To learn more, talk to your child’s doctor or visit the My Turn website.


COVID-19 Testing Guidance for K–12 Education

CDPH logoThe CDPH has shared a School Testing Framework and related FAQs for the 2022–23 school year, including a shift to focus on rapid antigen testing.

Under current CDPH guidance, schools will continue to have access to both over-the-counter (OTC) antigen tests and professional antigen tests for on-site testing through the CDPH Rapid Antigen program. The CDPH encourages schools previously enrolled in PCR or Pooled PCR testing programs to transition to an on-site Rapid Antigen program.

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K-12 COVID-19 Testing for the 2022/23 School Year

California encourages all students to access at-home COVID-19 testing as they get ready for a safe return to school. Schools can continue to partner with the CDPH Testing Task Force for testing resources and support and help their students and communities.