New Reopening Guidelines For Schools Unveiled
San Diego Unified School District officials are now saying that a return to full in-person learning is all but certain in the fall. They’re also increasingly optimistic that more students will be able to come to campuses in the coming months, even if it’s just part time.
“We’re very confident that we can open in the fall,” said School Board President Richard Barrera. “We’re very confident we’ll have an expanded summer program, and if trends continue the way they are now, we believe we’ll have more of our students on campus in the spring.”
Barrera applauded Thursday’s announcement by County Board Supervisor Nathan Fletcher that the county will begin offering vaccinations to teachers within the next three weeks, which he described as crucial.
“We need to get the virus under control and the community case rates need to be in decline is kind of the second key part of that pathway to reopening and the third is we need to vaccinate our educators,” he said.
Meanwhile, Gov. Newsom’s office on Friday launched its interactive map showing which districts in the state are operating in-person, hybrid or distance learning only.
Also on Friday, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention released its much-anticipated guidance for reopening schools. The guidance introduces its own colored tier system.
Counties in the CDC’s blue tier for low transmission or the yellow tier for moderate transmission are encouraged to reopen for in-person learning even if teachers aren’t vaccinated. San Diego County as a whole is currently in the yellow tier. But parts of the county, especially in the South Bay, would be in the orange tier based on their higher case rates.
Barrera said San Diego Unified officials will consult with UCSD experts over the weekend about how the district will respond to the new CDC guidelines.