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Doing Our Part

All community members play a vital role in reopening local businesses and schools by always practicing safe social distancing in public and social gatherings. When countywide data for case rate and positivity rate decline below Tier thresholds, schools will be able to reopen.


COVID-19 Solano County School Updates

Providing information, updates and guidance regarding COVID-19 in Solano County and Solano County schools.

SOlano COunty's COVID-19 Vaccine Plan

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Who's getting the vaccine in Solano County?

Solano County's COVID-19 vaccination plan varies slightly from the state's plan. The county has moved quickly throughout tiers of Phase 1. Educators are slated to get vaccines in Phase B, Tier 1

Get current information about which groups are receiving COVID-19 vaccinations, and which groups are next to receive it on the Solano County COVID-19 Vaccine Distribution webpage.

California's safe school for all plan

UPDATE 1-14-2021: Schools and local health agencies are still waiting to learn more from the state about the requirements and process for schools must take to re-open.

Governor Newsom unveiled California’s Safe Schools for All Plan on Dec 30, 2020.

The Governor has outlined framework to continue and expand safe in-person instruction in early spring, including a $2 billion early action proposal to support school safety measures.

The Governor’s plan is built on four pillars: Funding to Support Safe Reopening; Safety & Mitigation Measures for Classrooms; Hands-on Oversight & Assistance for Schools; and Transparency & Accountability for Families & School Staff.

Parents can read more details about the Safe Schools for All Plan.

Regional stay at home order status

View live data from the state about regional stay at home orders and regional ICU availability. Solano County is in the Bay Area Region along with Alameda, Contra Costa, Marin, Monterey, Napa, San Francisco, San Mateo, Santa Clara, Santa Cruz, and Sonoma counties. 

Click map to see current ICU bed availability:



The Regional Stay Home Order, announced December 3, will go into effect within 48 hours in regions with less than 15% ICU availability. It prohibits private gatherings of any size, closes sector operations except for critical infrastructure and retail, and requires 100% masking and physical distancing in all others.

The order will remain in effect for at least 3 weeks and, after that period, will be lifted when a region’s projected ICU capacity meets or exceeds 15%. This will be assessed on a weekly basis after the initial 3 week period. Learn more about this order.

The state released a map of five regions and their current ICU capacity, as well as projected dates when regions will fall below the 15 percent threshold.

California Regional Stay at Home Order Map

HOW Does the Regional Stay At Home Order IMPACT Solano County Schools?

The Order does not modify existing state guidance regarding K-12 schools.

Schools that are currently open are able to continue to provide in-person instruction on school sites. 

  • Schools that are currently operating under an elementary school waiver are able to continue to provide instruction to students on school sites.
  • Schools that reopened while their county was in a less restrictive tier are able to continue to provide instruction to students on school sites.
  • All schools that have not yet reopened for in-person instruction are able to continue to serve small cohorts of students (e.g., students with disabilities) following CDPH Guidance.

Schools are still required to follow the Schools Guidance issued by CDPH which outlines requirements for safe conditions, testing and tracing. Schools may be required to close if certain percentages of staff and students are diagnosed with COVID-19. All existing guidance applicable to schools can be found on the CDPH website.


View the Solano County COVID Dashboard

preview of Solano County current COVID data

State Issues Limited Stay at Home Order to Slow Spread of COVID-19

SACRAMENTO – In light of an unprecedented, rapid rise in COVID-19 cases across California, Governor Gavin Newsom and the California Department of Public Health (CDPH) announced a limited Stay at Home Order requiring generally that non-essential work, movement and gatherings stop between 10 PM and 5 AM in counties in the purple tier. The order will take effect at 10 PM Saturday, November 21 and remain in effect until 5 AM December 21. Read more

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If Solano County returns to Tier 1 (purple widespread), do schools that have reopened for in-person instruction have to go back to distance learning?

No. Schools that have established in-person instruction with an elementary waiver or during Tier 2 (red substantial) do not have to return to distance learning if the county's tier status changes.

Can a school move into in-person instruction from distance learning while the county is in Tier 1 (purple widespread) status?

No.  Schools are not permitted to begin in-person instruction while in Tier 1. Solano County would need to maintain Tier 2 status for two consecutive weeks before schools could begin in-person instruction.

Who decides when a school will return to in-person instruction?

Each school district and independent charter school has jurisdiction over this decision. Districts and charters work with elected governing boards, parents & guardians, and labor groups to determine what works best for their unique school communities.


Direction from the state

California Blueprint for a Safer Economy

As of August 31, 2020, California has a new Blueprint plan for reducing COVID-19 in the state. The Plan revised criteria for loosening and tightening restrictions on activities. Every county in California is assigned to a tier based on its test positivity and adjusted case rate for tier assignment including metrics from the last three weeks.

COVID-19 California Tier system

What's Open In Solano County?

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Find the current status of allowable activities in Solano County with the California County Search Tool.

Allowable activities for business sectors can be viewed in the Sector and Tier Activity Grid .



What does this mean for solano schools?

Current Status for Solano County 

As of November 16, 2020 Solano County has returned to Tier 1 (widespread purple). Schools may not transition from distance learning to in-person instruction while the county is in Tier 1 status. Further, 14 consecutive days in Tier 2 will be required prior to schools that have not already done so, to transition into in-person instruction.

Current Guidelines

The State Industry Guidance indicates the following actions are allowed for public and private schools in the various tiers system:

Tier Status

Widespread (purple):

  • Schools are closed for in-person instruction- distance learning is happening, unless an elementary waiver has been granted or the school opened in-person instruction prior to the county returning to Tier 1 (purple).

Substantial (red):

  • Schools are closed for in-person instruction- distance learning is happening
  • Can open in-person instruction if county remains in this tier for two weeks

Moderate (orange): 

  • Can open in-person instruction

Minimal (yellow): 

  • Can open for in-person instruction

Find information for your school district.

The California Department of Public Health (CDPH Blueprint guidance states:

To advance (to a less restrictive Tier):

  • A county must have been in the current tier for a minimum of three weeks
  • A county must meet criteria for the next tier for both measures for the prior two consecutive weeks in order to progress to the next tier. 

Elementary School Waivers

California schools have been closed for in-person instruction since mid-March 2020 due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The California Department of Public Health (CDPH) developed the COVID-19 and Reopening In-Person Learning Framework (PDF) to support school communities as they decide when and how to implement in-person instruction for the 2020-21 school year. The framework authorized local health officers (LHO) to grant a waiver of this criteria, in order for elementary schools to open for in-person instruction under specified conditions. Applicants must satisfy all waiver requirements in order to be granted a waiver. Waivers should be granted or denied pursuant to the process outlined below. See the Waiver Process Overview for details.



FAQs For Parents

These Frequently Asked Questions address issues that may arise when school return to in-person instruction.

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