Dear South Bay Community,
At their meeting in February, the Board of Trustees voted to remain in distance learning through the end of the school year (June 15, 2021) and to open for Phase II in-person instruction on July 26, 2021 (the first day of the 2021-2022 school year).
Within the last month, we have seen improvements in local health data, the wider availability of COVID vaccinations and the prioritization of vaccines for education staff, the passage of Assembly Bill 86 – the School Reopening Bill, and the planned reopening of some San Diego County school districts. Based on these positive changes, we distributed a survey to families and staff to determine their preference to:
- Remain in distance learning for the rest of the school year; or
- Return to in-person learning in a hybrid model prior to July 26, 2021.
Of the 2,511 families that responded to the survey, 50.9% preferred to remain in distance learning, while 49.1% preferred to return to in-person instruction. District certificated and classified staff overwhelmingly indicated that they preferred to remain in distance learning for the rest of the school year.
With all of the above in mind, at their meeting on March 11, the Board Members discussed and reconsidered the date for students to return to in-person instruction. The presentation of this item included a review of local health data, new public health guidance, recent legislation, vaccine availability, and survey results.
The Board decided to remain in distance learning until July 26, 2021, and proceed with planned phase one.
Phase one reopening includes inviting small, stable cohorts of students based on priority groups identified in state legislation. Parents of these students will receive an invitation to participate prior to Spring Break.
The Board made this decision based on parent and staff survey data; the availability of vaccines to the entire community; potential spikes in COVID rates following Spring Break; the need for consistency for students and families through the end of the school year; and with great respect for the South Bay communities that have been most impacted by the pandemic.
Board President Mary Doyle expressed her appreciation for all the comments submitted by the community and the work done by the entire South Bay team to support Distance Learning and prepare for the safe reopening of schools for in-person instruction.
While we know this decision may be disappointing to some families, we remain committed to providing outstanding distance learning instruction for the rest of the school year. We look forward to staff and students returning to campuses on July 26!
Dr. Katie McNamara, District Superintendent
Join us for the Board of Trustees Meeting on Thursday, April 22 at 6:00 PM
Únase a nosotros para la reunión de la Junta Directiva Jueves, 22 de abril a las 6:00 PM
Link to Meeting/Enlace a la reunión
New South Bay families must complete an Economic Survey. The survey is located at www.myschoolapps.com. The survey will take ten minutes to complete.
If you have any questions or issues with completing the survey, please call 619-628-5390. This survey helps to determine future funding for our schools. Thank you!
Information on Food Services
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. If you have any questions or concerns about the meal distribution please communicate through Let’s Talk, call 619-628-5390, or send an email.