Sonoma County Office of Education

COVID-19 School Announcements

The Sonoma County Office of Education (SCOE) works closely with local public schools and the Sonoma County Emergency Operations Center in the event of disasters that cause school closures. However, SCOE cannot determine whether a school district should close. Each school district independently decides whether to close, based on local conditions. In the case of Coroanvirus, districts consult with the county's public health officer to determine whether school closures are necessary. SCOE receives official closure reports from superintendents only. SCOE then reports closure information to the media and posts closures on this web page. Information is posted and updated here as it is announced.

School Reopening Considerations for the Fall

SCOE is working closely with school districts, the state department of education, and local health officials to determine when it will be safe to reopen school—and under what conditions. We hope to receive more information from state and local officials soon to support school district planning for a safe reopening. On May 15, SCOE sent a letter to the Sonoma County Department of Health Services asking for specific guidance to guide the reopening of schools. View the letter here: SCOE Letter to DHS requesting guidance.

Fall Planning Updates

We will post regular updates regarding the progress schools are making toward planning for a safe, positive learning environment in the fall.

School Reopening Planning Guide

SCOE is working closely with school districts, the state department of education, and local health officials to determine when it will be safe to reopen school—and under what conditions. The following is a collaborative resource, based on consultations with the Sonoma County Department of Health Services, the CDE, and other county offices of education around the state. It is intended to provide information and considerations for schools to use when planning for the reopening and continued operation of school while COVID-19 persists. However, it is important to note that much is still unknown about the virus and what it will look like in the Fall. Additionally, there is no one-size-fits-all plan for Sonoma County school districts. For instance, reopening could look very different for small, rural school districts than larger, urban ones.

Districts and charters are encouraged to be knowledgeable of current information and guidance released by the Sonoma County Department of Health Services and to work collaboratively with collective bargaining units and stakeholders in the development and implementation of plans and actions. Access the document here.