Dear South Bay Families,
As previously announced, while deeply understanding the hardships families are experiencing, all instruction will be via distance learning until January 4. Our Board of Trustees made this decision in July based on:
- The safety of staff, students, and families as the highest priority.
- Local health data.
- Ensuring stability and predictability in the educational model we provide.
The Board has been, and will continue, to review our Recovery/Reopening Plan at their meetings every month. Their review includes updates on our planning, revised COVID-19 data for the zip codes within our District, and the highlights and status of Distance Learning. We are grateful that our Board Members are making decisions based on what is best for our community.
While we know that Distance Learning is not ideal, please know that our teachers and instructional team are committed to ensuring that every student feels connected to their teachers, other support staff, and peers. Your child's school day includes a significant amount of live instruction, daily check-ins and class meetings, whole group instruction, and differentiated small group instruction. Students are also viewing pre-recorded lessons, participating in collaborative projects/discussions, and have time to work independently reading, writing, and working with digital content.
We are very proud that every student in grades TK-8 has their own device for Distance Learning. To further support families, we have made Hot Spots available to ensure Internet connectivity and reliability. We have also distributed basic school supplies and our amazing Child Nutrition team continues to provide bulk meals every Monday from our warehouse. We even have a virtual Extended Learning program available to all South Bay students.
This year, daily attendance is as important as ever. Thank you for your support in ensuring that your child is in their virtual classroom each day. An important factor in student achievement is attendance, and even a few days of absence in a school year, may impact future success. We are thrilled to see your child and to assist them in pursuing their goals.
On behalf of our entire team, we are grateful to have you in South Bay and look forward to making this school year a great one. Thank you for your support and partnership in your child's education. If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact me via email.
Dr. Katie McNamara, District Superintendent
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Information on Food Services
Starting on Tuesday, September 8 and continuing every Monday through December 31, all students under the age of eighteen will receive free meals. Families with children from other districts, or who are not enrolled in school, are eligible for this service. Parents/guardians may pick-up meals even if children are not present, however some form of identification for the children is required. Federal guidance requires that meals are only served to children. Acceptable forms of identification include Social Security card, birth certificate, passport, tax return, border crossing ID card, student ID card, etc. Identification documents may be presented on a phone or other device at the time of meal pickup.
The weekly meal distribution will be on Mondays from 11:00-1:00 at the District warehouse, located at 1111 Saturn Blvd. in San Diego. Meal service is a drive through operation and we accept walk-ins. Meal distributions will continue on the Mondays of each holiday week (November 23, December 21, and December 28).