Back to School 2020

PLEASE NOTE: The school reopening guidelines will be updated as soon as we receive information from State and County education officials. (updated 9/7/20)


COVID-19 and Reopening In-Person Learning Framework for K-12 Schools in California, 2020-2021 School Year July 17, 2020  Criteria provided by Governor Gavin Newsom

Complete information at COVID -19 Industry Guidance: Schools and School-Based Programs

To keep updated on recent Education News visit OCDE Newsroom 

School-Related Resources from The Center for Autism and Neurodevelopmental Disorders CAND

Easy–to-Use Return to School Planning Guide for Families       En Español

Free Educational Resources for Distance Learning – California Department of Education

Student Binder Printout

Home School Daily Planner Printout

Top Tips for Setting a Routine for Success at School: article from PBS

Preparing for a Very Different School Year: video from PBS

Special Education Guidance for COVID-19: COVID-19 School Closures and Services to Students with Disabilities – April 9, 2020

Questions and Answers on Providing Services to Children with Disabilities During the Coronavirus Disease 2019 Outbreak – March 2020

Supplemental Fact Sheet: Addressing the Risk of COVID-19 in Preschool, Elementary and Secondary Schools While Serving Children with Disabilities – March 21, 2020

ED Webpage with General COVID-19 Resources and Special Education & Rehabilitative Services

Supporting Inclusive Practices: Distance Learning Innovations for Special Education: Resource Library

Educating All Learners During the COVID-19 Disaster: An Alliance Dedicated to Equity for Complex Learners: Resource Library

National Center for Learning Disabilities: Parent Advocacy Toolkit: Using Resources to Help School Districts Serve Students with Learning and Attention Issues During COVID-19

California County Superintendents Educational Services Association: COVID-19 Notices on Distance Learning and Campus Closures: County by County

Council of Parent Attorneys and Advocates Position Statement on Provision of Compensatory Education In Response to Lost Education as a Result of COVID-19

Council of Parent Attorneys and Advocates Recommendations on the Provision of FAPE to Students with Disabilities When a Parent Opts to Keep Their Child Home During the 2020-2021 School Year

Home School Daily Planner for Kids PDF2020-2021_Student_Binder_BlueSouthern Poverty Law Center COVID-19 School Closures School Services Tracker

Internet For All Now via the California Department of Education website.  The California Emerging Technology Fund has provided access to affordable offers, as well as a number to call 1-844-841-INFO (4636) to assist parents.  This site has a table that contains special offers extended by various providers throughout the state.

Orange County Charter School Directory

Return to Sports: Covid-19 Interim Guidance for Youth Sports  Including school-based, club, and recreational programs

Back-to-school Tips Amid Covid-19 from the American Academy of Pediatrics


Distance Learning for Special Education includes a variety of free resources for elementary students.
Distance Learning Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)
E-Learning  Resources for learning and/or teaching from home form the OC Public Libraries
Free Educational Resources for Distance Learning  From the Ca Department of Education a non-comprehensive list of publishers offering free distance learning resources. At the URL listed, users can learn about the specific resources available as publishers continue to expand their offerings. Districts are not mandated to utilize only state-adopted instructional materials, and many classrooms utilize a network of resources. In this list below, educators and parents/guardians may discover the individual resources they want for a particular need.
Making a Smooth Transition From Harvard Graduate School of Education, parenting strategies to help ease young children’s worries about going back to school
Teaching Kids at Home During Coronavirus: Pro Tips From Homeschoolers offers many articles on back-to-school themes including social distancing, handwashing, and wearing masks.
Sesame Street: Back to School with Elmo
En español: Sésamo: Regreso a clases con Elmo.
88 Education Learning Games and Technologies developed with funding across programs at the Department of Education and government that are now available online at no cost to until the end of the school year.

Special Needs 

Guideline for Preparing to go Back to School. From Autism Speaks, includes a checklist- Back to School Plan
Helping Children With Special Needs Transition to Kindergarten  from eduTopia, teacher-tested tips for preparing children in early childhood special education for kindergarten
How To Improve Distance Learning for students with IEPs
How do I tell the school about my kid’s disability during COVID-19?  From the Mighy Kightly Series.  During distance learning, whether you’re in person, hybrid or 100% virtual, how do we parents talk about our kid’s disability at the school? Here are the Top Ten Ways, tried and true methods, to share about your kid’s disability with the school even during Covid-19 and distance learning.
Online vs. In-Person Learning  Autism Speaks outlines factors to consider when determining what is best for your family. Each option offers pros and cons. The important thing is finding what’s right for your child.
Virtual Education & Students With Disabilities Resource Guide  Whether you are a student with a disability or an adult (parent, guardian, teacher or otherwise) who is championing success for a student with a disability, this guide is for you. Our goal is to be a timesaver for students with disabilities, as well as for the adults in their lives who care about them. This guide includes resources that can help pave the best educational and social-emotional path possible during this pandemic.
FAQs Regarding the Delivery of IDEA Early Childhood Services during the Coronavirus (COVID-19) Pandemic  from Early Childhood Technical Assistance Center (ecta)

Educational Support

Five Ways Parents Can Advocate for Their Child.  Autism speak offers tips for advocating for your child in virtual learning