19 San Diego County elementary schools granted waiver to reopen


SAN DIEGO – Nineteen local schools have been granted waivers by San Diego County and state public health officials allowing them to reopen for in-person classes for students in transitional kindergarten through 6th grade.

UPDATE: 8 more schools have been granted waivers. Click here for the full list

As of Tuesday, 92 area schools or districts have applied for the waiver to reopen campuses, including 12 new schools on Tuesday, according to the county’s website. The elementary waiver is applicable to schools serving students in grades TK-6 and must be submitted to officials for approval at least two weeks prior to reopening.

Among the schools receiving approval are:

  • Calvary Christian Academy;
  • Christ Lutheran School;
  • Christian Unified School District East;
  • Christian Unified School District South;
  • Christian Unified School District West;
  • City Tree Christian School;
  • Francis Parker School;
  • Gillispie School;
  • La Jolla Country Day School;
  • Ocean View Christian Academy;
  • Ramona Lutheran Christian School;
  • Rancho Santa Fe School District;
  • Saint Patrick School;
  • Santa Fe Christian School;
  • Shepherd of the Hills Lutheran School;
  • The Bishop’s School;
  • The Cambridge School;
  • The Community School of San Diego
  • and The Rock Academy

“The size of our building and the ability to social distance on our campus – that was probably the big deciding factor,” said Chuck Leslie, head of schools for The Rock Academy. “Once we saw the rules that came out, we analyzed them based on if we could offer a safe environment and meet the requirements.”

The Rock Academy serves grades pre-K through 12, but Wednesday there was news for families with students at the elementary level.

According to Leslie, about 90% of families polled will opt to send their kids back to campus. The school has already started the year with distance learning and will continue to offer that option. The on campus transition for The Rock Academy is set for Aug. 31.

Between the seven approved entities, the change impacts a total of 1,135 students and 160 staff members, waiver applications show.

The county was removed from the state’s watchlist Tuesday, setting up a time window that potentially could allow K-12 schools to consider in-person instruction for students by Sept. 1.

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