Skip to main content

LATEST UPDATES: Tracking COVID-19 | Vaccines | Racial Justice

Education

With millions of students stuck at home learning remotely, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has issued comprehensive guidance to help school leaders decide how to safely bring students back into classrooms, or keep them there.

California has developed its own plan for returning students to school called the Safe Schools for All Plan. To see more about this plan, visit the state's website.

San Diego Unified School District says it plans to launch hybrid instruction for all grades on April 12th, which would allow students to split their time between virtual and in-person learning. In preparation, the county started vaccinating district employees on March 1.

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

A view of the San Diego Public Library, Sept. 9...

Wanted: Your Input On San Diego's Libraries Of The Future

March 29
By Brooke Ruth, Maureen Cavanaugh

The San Diego Public Library Foundation wants the community to think about the future of its libraries.

The San Marcos Senior Center was transformed in...

San Diego County School Districts Detail Plans For Return To In-Person Learning

March 26
By Joe Hong

At San Diego Unified, students will be on campus either two or four days a week, depending on the number of families who want to participate in in-person instruction.

San Diego Unified School District Superintenden...

US Senators Question San Diego Unified Superintendent Cindy Marten In Confirmation Hearing

March 24
By Joe Hong

Marten is President Joe Biden’s pick for Deputy Secretary of Education. She faced questions Wednesday about her response to the pandemic.

Bagged startup gardening kits, called Grab and ...

Still Trying To Grow Your Own Food? Master Gardeners Offering Online Classes

March 22
By Brooke Ruth, Jade Hindmon

What were some of the challenges people encountered? Have they stuck with it? Master Gardener Maria Mata joined Midday Edition on Monday to answer those questions and talk about the organization's spring seminar.

Inside of a classroom at Blossom Valley Element...

California Adopts 3-Foot Distancing Rule For Classrooms

March 21
By Associated Press

Students in California classrooms can sit 3 feet apart instead of 6 under new guidelines adopted by the state as school officials figure out how to reopen campuses closed for a year during the coronavirus pandemic.

Inside of a classroom at Bostonia Language Acad...

San Diego School Principal Reacts To New CDC Spacing Guidelines For Schools

March 19
By Matt Hoffman

New Centers for Disease Control and Prevention guidance issued Friday allows desks inside of classrooms to be spaced three feet apart, instead of six.

Four students sitting at desks 6 feet apart as ...

Judge's Order In North County School Reopening Lawsuit Applies Statewide

March 19
By City News Service

A San Diego County judge's ruling that blocked the state from enforcing pandemic-related school reopening provisions applies to all school districts in the state, a parents' group said Friday.

Then-Assemblywoman Shirley Weber, D-San Diego, ...

California Adopts First Statewide Ethnic Studies Curriculum

March 19
Jocelyn Gecker / Associated Press

California's State Board of Education has approved the nation’s first statewide model ethnic studies curriculum for high school students. It comes as the country is reeling from the latest spate of deadly hate crimes and racism.

Luis, 13, sits in his bedroom in his guardians'...

Pandemic Life: Students, Experts Reflect On A Year Of Online Education

March 19
By Joe Hong

Distance learning during the pandemic has only worsened students' achievement gap from marginalized communities and those growing up in privilege. But could there be some long-term benefits to this experience?

Students in a modified classroom for COVID-19 s...

Some San Diego County School Districts Plan Mid-April Reopening

March 17
By City News Service

Cajon Valley Union, San Diego Unified and Chula Vista Elementary school districts have all announced plans to reopen for either in-person or hybrid learning on April 12.