CTA is committed to ensuring the health and safety of its members and the students they serve, and will continue to monitor the COVID-19 situation and provide updates as they become available. Please remember to check back frequently for the latest information.
Latest Statements & Notifications
- *** NEW! CTA’s Best Practices for Virtual Teaching, recorded webinar with FAQs, March 20, 2020 ***
- NEA urges Congress to take additional steps after passage of the Families First Coronavirus Response Act, March 19, 2020
- Gov. Newsom issues stay-at-home order to slow COVID-19 spread, March 19, 2020
- Gov. Newsom signs executive order suspending standardized testing this year, March 18, 2020
- New COVID-19 guidance for K-12 schools, California Departments of Education and Health & Human Services, March 17, 2020
- Message from CTA President E. Toby Boyd, March 16, 2020
- CTA calls for closure of all public schools and community colleges statewide, March 13, 2020
- CTA & the Education Coalition’s statement to California policymakers, on issues related to the Coronavirus and its impact on K-12 schools, March 13, 2020
- Gov. Newsom signs executive order ensuring state funding for schools even in the event of closure, March 13, 2020
- California Department of Education: Coronavirus information
- March 17, 2020: New COVID-19 guidance for K-12 schools
- Special Education Guidance for COVID-19
- Distance learning
- Resources that support distance learning
- Lessons from the field: Remote learning guidance
- Designing a high-quality online course
- March 17, 2020: New COVID-19 guidance for K-12 schools
- California Department of Public Health
- California Governor COVID-19 website
- March 21, 2020: Credentialing application deadlines extended by 60 days (see #7)
- Commission on Teaching & Credentialing: COVID-19 information
- U.S. Department of Education: COVID-19 information
- March 21, 2020: The risk of COVID-19 while serving children with disabilities (Office of Civil Rights)
- National Association of School Nurses: Coronavirus resources
- NEA: What you should know about schools and coronavirus
- NEA: EdCommunity Forum - Coronavirus help for members
- NEW! CTA's Best Practices for Virtual Teaching, recorded webinar, with FAQs, March 20, 2020
- Teach From Home, information & tools for teachers, Google
- TED-Ed@Home, with lessons and ability to customize your own lessons (section for students, parents), TEDEd
- What to think about when your school is closing due to coronavirus, NEA Today
- Transitioning to online learning: Pro tips, ASCD Inservice
- 10 strategies for online learning during a coronavirus outbreak, ISTE
- Online classroom quick-start guide, La Canada Unified School District
- Checklist for distance learning, with interactive/printable handouts, AFT
- Tips and tools for teaching remotely, FreeTech4Teachers
- Lessons, lesson plans
- Ideas for children to learn at home, WeAreTeachers
- Instructional continuity resources, San Diego Unified School District
- At-Home Learning: Daily K-12 educational programming on PBS member TV stations throughout the state, with accompanying digital resources
- Pre K-12 resources for emergency closings, PBS Learning Media
- Teaching resources organized by grade level and subject
- Free drawing lessons from famous artists, Fast Company
- BrainPop: Coronavirus explainer video for kids
- NPR: Just for Kids - a comic exploring the new coronavirus
- Resources & advice
- Resources for online learning during school closures, NEA Today
- Digital learning advice from NEA's Education Policy & Practice division, NEA (scroll to end for resource links)
- Resources for teaching & learning during this period of social distancing, Mind/Shift
- Updated list of resources for educators, Amazing Educational Resources
- 6 lessons learned about remote learning During the Coronavirus Outbreak, EdWeek
- Collected resources during COVID-19 school closures, Wakelet
- Coronavirus: Latest updates and tips (including Special Ed), Understood
- Distance learning resources at the Smithsonian Institution, including STEM webcasts, American history podcasts and lesson plans.
- Higher education
- How to make online learning work, Wired
- 8 tips for setting up and teaching online classes during coronavirus closures, Dylan McLemore
- How to be a better online teacher, Chronicle of Higher Education
- 7 guidelines for successful teaching online, Inside Higher Ed
- Preparing for emergency online teaching, Chronicle of Higher Education
- How to make your online pivot less brutal, Chronicle of Higher Education
- Articles & information
- How to talk to students about coronavirus, California Educator
- How learning will change across California's K-12 schools amid coronavirus, EdSource
- Remote learning takes stage amidst coronavirus concerns, CUE
- Zoom CEO gives K-12 schools the videoconferencing tool for free, Forbes
- Coronavirus special report, Chronicle of Higher Education
Join our Facebook group to connect with fellow educators and to share your own lesson plans, advice and strategies.
Coronavirus-related racism tools
- Stop AAPI Hate, reporting tool in multiple languages, Asian Pacific Policy & Planning Council and Chinese for Affirmative Action
- Hate Incident Reporting form, OCA Asian Pacific American Advocates
- Tell Your Story, help us track hate, Asian Americans Advancing Justice
Statements & resources
- Community care during COVID-19: A message to and from AAPIs, AAPIs For Civic Empowerment
- COVID-19 resources for undocumented Californians, California Immigrant Youth Justice Alliance
- Racist incidents, Next Shark
- Spit On, Yelled At, Attacked, Chinese-Americans fear for their safety, New York Times
- Speaking up against racism around COVID-19, Tolerance.org
- LA educator: "My Chinese students are not the face of this virus," The Guardian
- An Asian American educator’s experience in the classroom, Hechinger Report
- The xenophobia virus, SEIU- Asian Pacific Islanders Caucus and SEIU Healthcare Minnesota
- When xenophobia spreads like a virus, NPR
- CTA Member Benefits: Important Resources
- CalSTRS: Updates on coronavirus
- CalSTRS: COVID-19 school closures circular
- CalPERS: Coronavirus & CalPERS
- CTA: Social media during COVID-19
- CTA infographic on self-care for educators
- Manage anxiety and stress, CDC
- Educator self-care tip sheet, California Educator
- Taking care of you, California Educator
- Recommended meditation apps, California Educator
- The science of well-being, cultivating healthy practices and routines, most popular class at Yale University offered for free at Coursera
Explaining COVID-19 to Your Child
- From the National Association of School Psychologists
- From the Child Mind Institute
- Hmong Resources for COVID-19
At-Home Learning Ideas
- At-Home Learning: Daily K-12 educational programming on PBS member TV stations throughout the state.
- High-impact home strategies, San Diego Unified School District
- Teaching with tech: How iPads and tablets can help your child learn, ADDitude
- COVID19 Camp: Free Resources to Educate and Entertain Your Kids During Quarantine, Ever Clever Mom
- 25 Ideas For Little Ones Stuck Indoors, E. Ito
- Take a Digital Trip to Over 500 Museums, Google Arts & Culture
Go to CTA's Leader Resource Center (login required) for COVID-19 information, which includes:
- CTA Advisory - Bargaining
- CTA Advisory - Special Education Concerns During the COVID-19 Pandemic
- Sample Cease & Desist letter
- Legal advisory for primary contact staff
- Distance learning during the coronavirus outbreak
- Sample MOUs for K-12, community colleges and ESP
Remember to talk to your CTA Primary Contact Staff.
Be sure to join our Facebook group CTA Teaching, Learning and Life During COVID-19, a space to support each other and our students, and to share resources, ideas, feelings, stories, laughs and memes.
We are trying to answer questions that come through social media, email and other means. But please note that your best resource for assistance with local issues regarding district directives, leave questions, etc. is your local CTA chapter and CTA primary contact staff.
Here are answers to some of the more frequent questions we’ve been receiving.
On March 13, CTA called for a complete closure of all California schools. While most districts began closing immediately, the decision remained a local one until Governor Newsom issued an executive order on March 19 asking all Californians to stay home. At this time, virtually all California schools are closed, and Gov. Newsom has warned they may remain that way the rest of the school year. If you are in a district that is still holding classes, please ensure that your local CTA staff person is aware, so that we can work with your chapter to ensure that you and your students remain safe.
CTA and the Education Coalition have called for additional support, safety precautions and supplies for custodial staff and services. If you believe your school district is ignoring basic precautions, please notify your local CTA chapter immediately.
YES! While we are temporarily closing our office locations, CTA leadership and staff are continuing to work to support members and local chapters
California schools remain fully funded and nothing in this current emergency exempts districts from honoring the local collective bargaining agreement.
Governor Newsom’s complete order can be viewed here. Districts are required to
- Continue delivering high-quality educational opportunities to students through other options, distance learning, and independent study
- Safely provide school meals
- To the extent practicable, arrange for supervision of students during ordinary school hours
- Continue to pay employees
What if my school district can’t deliver on these learning opportunities, student supervision, etc. Will it lose funding?
No. They must make a good faith effort, but districts are struggling and meeting these challenges with varying degree of success. Nothing in the Governor’s order blocks funding for districts struggling to meet these new challenges.
In general, any STRS or PERS member in paid status continues to receive service credit. STRS has posted information on this topic, and PERS has distributed information to employers confirming that fact.
Gov. Newsom has issued an executive order, pending federal approval, suspending standardized tests for this year.
There is no expectation that the school year will be extended or that days missed will be added to the next academic year. The governor’s executive order waived the requirement on the number of instructional days needed to complete an academic year.
I am an educator with a chronic illness. Should I go to work, or self-isolate? If I stay home, will I have to use my sick days?
All Californians have been urged to stay home. If your employer has asked you to report to work, notify your local CTA chapter and primary contact staff. Even prior to the Governor’s stay-home order, the advice during this pandemic is if you are ill or immune-compromised, stay home. Collectively bargained leave policies vary to a degree from district to district, so please contact your local chapter for more specific advice.
CTA has issued a bargaining advisory to our primary contact staff who work with our locals. In general, if a district is continuing to offer services to the general student population, they must continue to offer similar education opportunities to special education students, and, conversely, if services to the general student population are suspended due to closure, then the Local Education Agency (LEA) is not required to provide services to students with disabilities during the same period. The U.S. Department of Education has additional information and the California Department of Education has issued state guidelines.
Districts and local CTA chapters are handling this differently. CTA has offered bargaining and pedagogical guidance to our local chapters that would require districts to supply any necessary equipment (unless otherwise bargained) and provide training for approved and properly licensed software and communication platforms. Consideration should be given to both student and educator privacy. Educators are coming together to share ideas and resources in our CTA closed Facebook group CTA Teaching Learning and Life During COVID-19, and across social media platforms using the hashtag #remotelearning. CTA has also hosted a virtual training presented by a CTA member who teaches at a virtual school.