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San Diego Unified has announced plans to reopen classrooms and return to in-person instruction the week of April 12, 2021.

 

This exciting news takes 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.


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Our reopening plan will 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.

 

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, about 4,000 students will continue with in-person instruction on campuses for scheduled learning appointments. Many more will return to over 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.

 

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  Reopening Updates

VACCINE APPOINTMENTS NOW OPEN TO ALL STAFF

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.


GOVERNOR SIGNS SCHOOL REOPENING BILL

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.


3,000 EDUCATORS RECEIVE VACCINE IN SAN DIEGO

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.


MILESTONE REACHED: MORE THAN 20 MILLION MEALS SERVED

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.


LEARNING LABS, ON-SITE INSTRUCTION CONTINUES TO EXPAND

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.


CIF SPORTS SET TO RESUME IN SAN DIEGO

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


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