COVID-19 Status

San Diego Unified reopened classrooms for in-person instruction on April 12.


Taking into account an encouraging trend of lower COVID-19 case rates within San Diego County and a regional effort to make vaccines available to teachers, district schools reopened with a host of safety protocols, including frequent school-based COVID testing, in place.


Approximately three-fourths of San Diego Unified students are currently attending class through an Onsite/Online Hybrid model, offering in-person instruction multiple days per week. Nearly a quarter of students are continuing their education online, but are being brought into the classroom experience virtually to share in learning activities with their peers.


Schools will be open full time, five days per week for the 2021-22 school year.


San Diego Unified is planning for a full return to full day in-person learning, five days per week, for the next school year beginning in August 2021. For students and families with sensitive medical conditions who choose to remain at home, classes will also be offered online to accommodate those safety needs.

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Safety comes first

Every school has completed a reopening safety checklist which details the procedures and equipment put in place on each campus, including handwashing stations and sanitizer, hygiene practices for students and staff, and steps taken to ensure adequate ventilation in classrooms.


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.

The latest guidance from this panel of experts was issued on February 19, 2021, and addresses various school reopening criteria, vaccinations, the new U.K. variant of novel coronavirus, and more.


School days will be modified to accommodate social-distancing and safety protocols, and students will continue with some online learning. For families not comfortable sending their children back to campuses, a fully online option will continue to be available. All families will be asked to complete a survey designed to gauge their preferences for returning their students to in-person classroom instruction, and will begin receiving information from schools shortly.


In the meantime, more than 5,000 students will continue with in-person instruction on campuses for scheduled learning appointments - at more than 500 learning labs at schools throughout the district, which are designed to support students who face severe obstacles to online learning. They include students experiencing homelessness, English language learners and many special education students.



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

  Reopening Updates


April 21, 2021

Based on the latest guidance from the California Department of Public Health, San Diego Unified plans to move forward with allowing two spectators per participating student-athlete to watch indoor CIF-sanctioned athletic events. Spectators shall be limited to members of the student-athlete’s specific household. Spectators would be allowed to attend indoor CIF sporting events, while following social-distancing protocols and wearing face masks in buildings with adequate ventilation. We will follow the latest court rulings and the health standards in our community.


April 1, 2021




The latest results from our Instructional Model Choice Form have been updated, as more responses have been received. With nearly two-thirds of families responding, 27% have selected Online Only learning and 73% have opted for Onsite/Online Hybrid instruction when schools reopen the week of April 12.


Schools have been conducting follow-up outreach to families who did not respond, and will be contacting all families by early next week with more information about schedules.


March 25, 2021


As of today, San Diego Unified has received responses to the Instructional Model Choice Form for more than 57,000 students. 74 percent of these responses have selected the Onsite/Online Hybrid model for when classrooms reopen the week of April 12, and 26 percent have opted for Online Only model.


All parents are encouraged to complete the form as soon as possible if they have not done so already. Please fill out one form per child. Schools are working to notify parents soon with final schedules based on the number of students who opt for each instructional model. The form is available in several languages and can be completed online here.


March 16, 2021


Family members can attend outdoor competitions to watch their student athletes in action, subject to conditions based on California Department of Public Health guidance:

  • Each player gets 4 observers or less from the immediate household. School sites will identify a process for the 4 observers per player.
  • Stands will need to be cleared after each contest. No concessions allowed, no food trucks permitted, etc. during contests to prevent gathering.
  • All fans are invited to watch their students play by streaming the contest(s) via the district's new agreement with NFHS. Streaming will be free of charge for all regular home season SDUSD games.

San Diego Unified, Educators Outline Spring Learning Options

March 14, 2021


San Diego Unified School District and educator representatives announced the next steps to prepare for a classroom reopening the week of April 12. They outlined options to allow for students to safely return to campus full-time, while providing continued robust online instruction for families that do not feel safe returning to campus at this time.

San Diego Unified plans to continue providing quality online learning for families who choose to have their student remain online, and to also provide an Onsite/Online Hybrid model beginning the week of April 12.

The Onsite portion of the hybrid will provide students with four days of onsite instruction, for five hours in elementary schools and four hours in secondary schools, provided by classroom teachers with an additional 30 minutes of onsite lunch. For the remainder of each school day/week, students in the hybrid model will work independently on lessons provided by their teachers. This “asynchronous learning” will be done both online and offline.

Students receiving special education services will receive the services outlined in their Individualized Education Plan (IEP) in both the Onsite/Online Hybrid and the Online Only instructional models.


The default school site model is four days per week of in-person instruction with precise schedules to be set based on the number of students who wish to attend in person, available space, and existing health and safety guidelines. See the health and safety guidelines here.

Educators and school leaders also agreed on steps which will make hybrid learning unnecessary in the fall, committing to no layoffs and the creation of a specialized instruction model for students who do not want to return to campus.


March 10, 2021

Students  Outside

The Board of Education approved a variety of educational programs for this summer, to provide enrichment opportunities as well as assistance for students in need of credit recovery. The programs will include onsite instruction at school campuses as well as online opportunities; more details will be announced this spring.


March 8, 2021


Covid Test

San Diego Unified plans to have voluntary COVID-19 testing offered at all comprehensive sites by April 2021. Testing is already underway at more than 80 school sites across the district, with the latest test results available to view here.


Testing will now also be offered weekly at all comprehensive high schools with athletics, and every two weeks in all other sites. 


March 6, 2021


Beginning today, all San Diego Unified employees at schools and district offices are now eligible for vaccination. Employees are encouraged to visit the SDUSD Vaccinates website if they wish to make an appointment.


March 5, 2021


Nearly a year after the COVID-19 crisis first forced school closures across California, Gov. Gavin Newsom signed a law Friday to send $2 billion to help schools reopen. San Diego Unified and several of California’s other large districts expressed a position of support for the bill earlier this year. The planned reopening of San Diego Unified schools for in-person instruction remains set for the week of April 12.

VACCINE Eligibility Opens to 3rd Quartile School Sites

March 3, 2021


Beginning today, TK- 12 education employees at schools and district offices in the 3rd Quartile of the Healthy Places Index are now eligible for vaccination. Employees at these sites should expect to receive information about vaccination appointments in the coming days.


March 2, 2021


Since vaccines first were made available to school staff last weekend, the VEBA Resource Center has announced that nearly 3,000 San Diego educators have already received a vaccine. Additionally, more than 12,000 educators in the region have successfully signed up for their vaccination appointment.


San Diego Unified staff are encouraged to see the SDUSD Vaccinates website to check on eligibility for their appointment, which is determined by County of San Diego health guidelines.


March 2, 2021


San Diego Unified has now served more than 20 million free meals to students and families since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic and school closures in March 2020. Meals are available at no cost for all children 18 years and younger at 77 school locations throughout the district Monday through Friday, from noon to 2 p.m.

Meals now include a breakfast, lunch and evening meal for each day of the week - usually distributed as three meals on Mondays, four meals on Tuesdays and Wednesdays, and five meals on Thursdays and Fridays, per child.


March 1, 2021


More than 300 Learning Labs have been opened on San Diego Unified campuses in the past few weeks, to better serve students with the greatest need. Nearly 5,000 students are now participating in onsite learning, up from only 1,082 students two months ago.

Vaccinations Begin for Teachers and School Staff

February 26, 2021


San Diego County has announced COVID-19 vaccinations will be available to school district employees beginning Saturday, Feb. 27, beginning with those serving schools in quartile 4 of the Healthy Places Index (HPI)

The decision follows San Diego Unified's announcement earlier this week of plans to reopen schools and return to in-person instruction the week of April 12.

San Diego Unified teachers and school staff in this first grouping have been notified of their eligibility already, a significant step toward the district's reopening goal. All employees are encouraged to sign up through the SDUSD Vaccinates website as soon as possible to be notified of their next steps.


February 26, 2021


Several high school sports are returning to San Diego - with a few caveats and protective guidelines in place.

The California Interscholastic Federation (CIF) San Diego Section announced earlier this week that several school sports will resume countywide, depending on the ability to meet testing standards and other COVID-19 protocols utilized by professional or collegiate teams.

The latest guidance gave the go-ahead for football and soccer practice to begin immediately, although physical contact and competition still depend on San Diego County moving to the red tier for COVID-19 cases.

The state’s new standard for “outdoor high-contact sports” in counties that reach an adjusted daily average of 14 new cases per 100,000 residents; San Diego County most recently still had a rate of 15 per 100,000.

Cross country, swimming and diving, tennis, track and field, and golf have begun their seasons; baseball, softball, and lacrosse are set to open their season on March 13. Additional details will be coming soon for sports including volleyball and field hockey.

San Diego Unified Sets April Target for Reopening

February 23, 2021


San Diego Unified, the state’s second-largest school district, announced plans to return to in-person instruction the week of April 12, based on a regional agreement to start teacher vaccinations next week.


The reopening plan would apply to all grade levels and take effect as soon as San Diego County drops back into the state’s Red Tier, teachers who wish to be vaccinated have had the opportunity to do so, and proper safety measures continue to be in place on every campus.


The City of San Diego has offered to make emergency medical personnel available to help administer vaccines to educators, and the County of San Diego has said teacher vaccinations could begin as soon as Monday, March 1.

Even as the district prepares for a return to in-person instruction, online learning will continue to be an option for families that choose so.  Read More