San Dieguito Union High School District delays return to in-person learning

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SAN DIEGO — Kids will not be back in class in person at San Dieguito Union High School District until January at the soonest, administrators announced.

The district shared a letter from Superintendent Robert Haley Friday that said students will not return to in-class instruction in November as originally planned.

“We originally recommended a goal of expanding our access to campus for one day a week of in-class instruction for students beginning in the month of November,” Haley wrote.

“In order to provide a safe, stable, and sustainable return to campus, and in consideration of maintaining the integrity of our instructional model, we are moving that date to the week of January 4, 2021, for the remainder of Quarter 2. These three weeks will provide opportunities for teachers to prepare students for the end of the first semester.

“School sites will continue expanding access for groups in the month of November and December for students to be on campus. Leading up to the week of January 4, each school site will be holding meetings with students and parents to review bell schedules for one day a week in-person learning. In addition, each site will be surveying parents on their intent to return to on-campus activities and each site will be developing cohorts based on these survey results.”

The superintendent stressed that district officials have “been working diligently since the last academic year on how we can safely return students for on-campus instruction, support, and activities,” and alluded to the polarized views among parents, some of whom badly want kids to return to campus while others are apprehensive.

“Our guiding principle has always been focused on the health and safety of our students, families, staff, and community,” Haley wrote. “We understand this is complex and there are many voices who passionately want what is best for our students.”

Haley said the district has been getting guidance from UC San Diego Return to Learn and Rady Children’s Hospital as it develops its plans, and parents are encouraged to read updates to the school’s Safe Reopening Plan, which are available online.

Read the superintendent’s full letter here.

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