St. Augustine High School files lawsuit against Newsom to allow reopening

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SAN DIEGO — St. Augustine High School filed a lawsuit against Gov. Gavin Newsom and state officials Thursday to allow the school to reopen for in-person learning.

The families of seven Saints students joined the lawsuit, which seeks to prohibit the enforcement of Newsom’s school shutdown order.

The Catholic school recently completed its summer school and athletic programs, in which more than 400 students participated, without any reports of on-campus COVID-19 cases, spokeswoman Jeannie Groeneveld said in a media release. The school plans to implement the same safety measures it did during these programs, including requiring masks and social distancing and routinely sanitizing buildings and classrooms.

For families who don’t want their children to return to the classroom, the school will offer a distance learning option, Groeneveld said.

“At Saints, we don’t believe remote learning is sufficient to provide a quality education our students are entitled to and our families have come to expect,” said Principal James Horne. “We are confident we can open our school safely, consistent with CDC and San Diego County health guidance. We ran a safe and successful summer school program and believe it is an indicator that we can safely return to school in the fall.”

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