COVID-19 Status

Safety Comes First

As we celebrate a successful return to school for the 2021-22 academic year, our number one priority continues to be keeping students, staff, and families safe, healthy, and able to attend class each day.

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Scientifically Backed Safeguards


Our schools have implemented a robust assortment of safety measures to protect students, staff, and families, including a massive investment in air filtration and other equipment. In fact, San Diego Unified has installed MERV-8 and MERV-13 filters at 195 locations across the district - more than 7,250 filters in all - to upgrade filtration in classrooms and offices.


These reopening plans and the measures we employ to keep our students and staff safe are based on guidance from the best medical experts available: nationally-recognized scientists and doctors from UC San Diego.


We'd like to make our families aware of the substantial measures that have been put in place to protect the safety of all students, faculty, and staff on our campuses this year, including:

  • Upgraded HVAC filtration from MERV 8 to a MERV 13 or HEPA filter, exceeding current requirements
  • Portable air purifiers for areas not served by a MERV or HEPA filter
  • Face masks required, with more than 1 million masks distributed to schools since reopening in April
  • Handwashing stations and cleaning wipes in multiple locations
  • A particulate sensor and CO2 monitor at each site for monitoring the school’s indoor air quality
  • Electrostatic disinfecting sprayers for cleaning school buses
  • Protocols in place for contact tracing, should it be necessary
  • An up-to-date COVID dashboard on our website

All San Diego Unified staff are required to get vaccinated or take part in weekly COVID-19 testing. Optional weekly testing will also be available for students, as testing equipment allows. For school athletes, the district plans to have a testing team at high schools.

In the fight against COVID-19, it's up to all of us to do our part so our schools can operate smoothly and safely throughout the year - including getting vaccinated, for those 12 years of age or older. Vaccines are free and readily accessible throughout the region, and can be found by calling 211 or visiting 

We understand that not everyone will be ready or comfortable with returning to in-person learning. With that in mind, all San Diego Unified K-12 students have the option to enroll in the new online Virtual Academy for the 2021-22 school year.

Virtual Academy enrollment staff are contacting families who expressed interest in enrollment in a survey that was sent out in May. If your family was unable to fill out the May survey and is still interested in the Virtual Academy, please email with your child’s name, grade level for 2021-22, student ID number, and current school site.

Thank you for doing your part to keep our schools open and ready to support students every day. We look forward to a safe and successful year!



Take a Look: Safety Measures & Preparing for In-Person