Skip to main content

Education

After more than a year of remote learning, San Diego County’s largest school districts began to reopen classrooms in March and April.

San Diego Unified School District launched part-time in-person instruction on April 12. About half of the district’s approximately 100,000 students returned to campuses, according to district officials. More students are expected to come back in the coming weeks and months.

But the student experience is far from back to normal. Districts are strictly following comprehensive guidance issued by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) that includes physical distancing, ventilation and hygiene practices.

Chula Vista Elementary School District, the largest K-6 district in the state, also resumed in-person instruction on April 12. Sweetwater Union High School District, the state’s largest high school district, is taking smaller steps towards reopening. It welcomed back 10% of students back on April 12, prioritizing the most high-needs students, like those with disabilities and English learners.

Poway Unified School District’s middle and high schools resumed in-person instruction in March. About 54% of middle schoolers and 44% of high schoolers have returned to the classroom.

Both elementary and secondary schools are permitted to stay open in California as long as the county remains out of the "purple tier", the state's most restrictive COVID-19 tier. According to the latest CDC guidelines released on March 19, elementary grade students can sit as close as 3 feet apart. Middle and high schools have stricter criteria, and most of them will need to practice 6 feet of physical distancing.

Most districts expect to reopen classes by the start of the 2021-2022 school year.

Search the table below to see plans for your school.

Full-time in-person learning

These students are scheduled to receive 100% of their instructional program from a teacher who is in the same physical location as the students. Virtual instruction and/or independent learning are not used in this learning format. School enrichment programs (ASES/ASSETS), childcare programs, individual assessments, and other special services that do not involve a teacher providing instruction to students in the same physical location as the teacher are not considered in-person learning.

Hybrid learning

Students in hybrid learning are scheduled to participate in a mix of in-person and distance learning in any proportion.

Distance learning

Students in this learning format do not regularly receive instruction from a teacher who is physically located in the same place as their students. Cohorts/schools that have been temporarily shifted to distance learning for quarantine are reported as part of distance learning totals until they return to in-person learning.

— San Diego County Office of Education

The interactive map below, launched by the state of California, shows a snapshot view of the status of school reopenings across California.

Special Series

There will not be an in-person Comic-Con this s...

Roundtable: Comic-Con Weekend Moves Online Once Again

July 23
By Bennett Lacy

Comic-Con returns with another virtual convention due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the University of California system implements a new series of tuition increases, and the environmental cost of electric car batteries.

Students walk past Sather Gate on the Universit...

University Of California Regents Approve Rare Tuition Hike

July 22
Janie Har / Associated Press

University of California regents have approved a multiyear plan to raise tuition and fees at the system’s 10 campuses.

The San Dieguito Union High School District bui...

Ty Humes Brings Checkered Professional History To San Dieguito School Race

July 22
By Jennifer Bowman / inewsource

Ty Humes is running for a board seat in the San Dieguito Union High School District. But his time on a previous board is shrouded in controversy.

Masked students wait to be taken to their class...

Hugs As California Public School Returns To Class In Person

July 21
Julie Watson / Associated Press

One of the first public schools in California has opened fully to in-person learning, a major milestone in the state's fight to return to normalcy.

Students walk on UC San Diego campus in this un...

UC San Diego Admits Record 52,946 First-Year And Transfer Students

July 19
By City News Service

UC San Diego admitted a record 40,616 first-year and 12,330 transfer undergraduate students for the fall 2021 quarter out of more than 140,000 applications — the second-most in the nation, it was announced Monday.

UC San Diego's campus is shown in this undated ...

UC Tuition Hike: Regents To Vote On 'Forever’ Increase

July 19
Mikhail Zinshteyn / CalMatters

Thursday’s vote could allow UC campuses to raise tuition every year, indefinitely — despite receiving extra state cash. Student groups are outraged and key lawmakers oppose the move, but UC says it needs more money and that financial aid will blunt the hit to students.

Los Angeles Unified School District food servic...

California Launches Largest Free School Lunch Program In US

July 19
Jocelyn Gecker / Associated Press

When classrooms open for the fall term, every one of California’s 6.2 million public school students will have the option to eat school meals for free, regardless of their family’s income.

 The

Roundtable: Pride Weekend In San Diego

July 16
By Bennett Lacy

San Diego Pride enters its biggest weekend with a mix of in-person and virtual events, a milestone for construction of the new SDSU stadium in Mission Valley, and KPBS relaunches its Cinema Junkie podcast about all things film.

Students arrive at Newhall Elementary School Th...

California Changes Course On Schools Enforcing Mask Mandate

July 13
Adam Beam / Associated Press

California public health officials say they will let local school districts decide how to enforce new mask rules. California is still requiring all students and staff to wear masks while indoors at school even if they are fully vaccinated.

A student at Joseph Casillas Elementary School ...

California's Mask Rule For Schools Prompts Controversy

July 12
Adam Beam / Associated Press

California's new coronavirus rules for public schools eliminate physical distancing and make sure students won't miss class time even if they are exposed to someone with the virus. But the state says it will still require masks indoors.