Dear South Bay Community,
Since our schools closed on March 13, 2020, the South Bay staff have continued to support our students and community. Teachers continued student learning with the support of our Technology Department and our Child Nutrition team provided weekly meals to our families requiring extra support. I am so grateful and proud of our employees for their hard work, dedication, and care for our students and families.
We are anxious to bring students and staff back to school for in-person instruction as soon as we are able to do so in a safe manner. Reopening schools in-person, even with a blended model for instruction, requires a great deal of planning and preparation, as well as funding for what is now necessary under our new circumstances.
At their meeting on July 23, the Board of Trustees provided direction on teaching and learning for the 2020-2021 school year. As previously approved by the Board, the first day of school will be Monday, August 31, 2020. When school resumes, it will be in a 100% Distance Learning format. Distance learning will continue at least until January 4, 2021.
Distance Learning in the new school year will look significantly different than it did during school closure in the spring. Most notably, all students will have access to their own device and will have daily, live interaction with their teacher and their peers. Instruction will be rigorous and equal in quality and challenge to in-person learning. Lastly, supports for student with disabilities and English learners will continue to be provided.
When it is determined that in-person learning resumes we will transition to a blended/hybrid format. In this format, students will be in small, stable cohorts to ensure physical distancing and safety and learning will look much different due to new health and safety measures. The District’s Recovery Teams continue working on our Recovery/Reopening Plan, which will guide us on how to safely reopen our campuses. Your feedback is welcome and I encourage you to submit comments and questions to our team via the Let’s Talk application on the District website.
We recognize that some families would prefer a yearlong 100% virtual option, instead of returning to in-person learning in January. For this reason, we will be offering the SBUSD Virtual Academy, beginning on August 31, 2020. The Virtual Academy will be taught by South Bay teachers and will provide an innovative online educational experience for students with a focus on connectedness and personalization. For families who wish to formally enroll in the Virtual Academy, enrollment forms will be available on the District website early next week.
The Board will review our Recovery/Reopening Plan and public health data at their monthly meetings to ensure future decisions are based on the most recent information. We will continue to work towards transitioning to in-person instruction, but will only do so when guidance from local health officials supports a safe transition back to campuses.
We know that many parents, students, staff, and community members are disappointed by this decision and we understand that this will complicate many individual family situations. The COVID-19 pandemic has created enormous challenges and the South Bay is here to support our students, families, staff, and community during this difficult time.
We will continue to provide updates as we move forward. Please continue to check the District website for news and information. Thank you to the entire community for your support and response to the ongoing epidemic.
Dr. Katie McNamara, District Superintendent
Information on Food Services
Child Nutrition will continue meal distribution through the summer break. A weeks worth of breakfast and lunch meals will be distributed every Monday at the District Warehouse (1111 Saturn Blvd in San Diego) from 11:00-1:00. In order to receive meals you must have your children with you or provide proof of identity of your child in the form of a student ID, birth certificate or other document. We will accept copies or pictures of the identity documents.