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Safety Comes First


As we begin the 2022-23 academic year, our number one priority continues to be keeping students, staff, and families safe, healthy, and able to attend class each day.

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Scientifically Backed Safeguards

 

Our schools have implemented a robust assortment of safety measures to protect students, staff, and families, including a massive investment in air filtration and other equipment. In fact, San Diego Unified has installed MERV-8 and MERV-13 filters at 195 locations across the district - more than 7,250 filters in all - to upgrade filtration in classrooms and offices.

 

The measures we employ to keep our students and staff safe are based on guidance from the best medical experts available: nationally-recognized scientists and doctors from UC San Diego.

 

We'd like to make our families aware of the substantial measures that have been put in place to protect the safety of all students, faculty, and staff on our campuses this year, including:

  • Upgraded HVAC filtration from MERV 8 to a MERV 13 or HEPA filter, exceeding current requirements
  • Portable air purifiers for areas not served by a MERV or HEPA filter
  • Face masks strongly recommended indoors, with high grade N95, KN95, KF94 and 3-ply surgical masks available
  • Hand washing stations and cleaning wipes in multiple locations
  • A particulate sensor and CO2 monitor at each site for monitoring the school’s indoor air quality
  • Protocols in place for contact tracing, should it be necessary
  • An up-to-date COVID dashboard on our website
  • Routine, on-site testing and at-home testing kits available for all students and school staff 
  • Convenient opportunities for students and staff to get vaccinated at school sites

 
San Diego Unified wants every school to be a place of great teaching and learning, safety and wellness. Vaccinations are a crucial part of the multi-layered protection against COVID-19, and getting your student vaccinated is one of the best ways to protect against the spread of the virus.

The latest vaccine recommendation from the CDC means the vast majority of students in kindergarten through high school are now eligible to be vaccinated against COVID-19, signaling a major step toward preventing the spread of the virus in our community and nationwide.

  

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 We understand you may have questions about the COVID-19 vaccines for your children. Please click here for more information on the safety of the vaccinations. Families are encouraged to check with their healthcare providers about getting the vaccine as soon as possible. 

MyTurn.ca.gov offers information about getting a vaccine through walk-in and scheduled appointments. Click here for information on where to get a free vaccine elsewhere in the community.

Our community health partners plan to supplement vaccine availability by offering free vaccine clinics on school sites. Check here frequently for current schedules and updates. 

 

 
In addition to our other safety precautions, widely available testing provides an added layer of protection for our students, staff, and school communities.

 

 At-home rapid antigen tests are available for students and staff. Students and staff are encouraged to test at home if they are experiencing symptoms, have been exposed to someone with COVID-19, and before returning from breaks.

Additionally, students and staff are able get tested at their school by opting in to regular, on-site testing through Responsive Lab Partners. To opt in to testing, visit the Primary Health Portal to register for an account for your child. Please sign the consent in the portal and select the school that your child attends.

 

 

Wearing masks indoors is strongly recommended (not required) for district employees, students and visitors.
 
As we start the 2022-23 school year, indoor masking will be strongly recommended at all schools and workplaces. Masks will be available for those who desire to use them at every district site. It is strongly recommended that staff and students wear surgical masks or higher-level respirators (e.g., N95s, KN95s, KF94s).

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A variety of high-grade face masks continue to be available for students and staff, including disposable surgical masks and reusable KF94, KN95 and N95 masks.

We know that COVID-19 is here to stay. We have entered into a new phase of this virus. And thanks to our entire San Diego Unified community and our collective efforts throughout the pandemic, we have accessible at-home testing, districtwide mitigation strategies, vaccinations for COVID-19, and therapeutics available for treatment. Because of this, San Diego Unified is able to adjust to changing conditions.

Due to this new phase, we do not anticipate districtwide masking as we enter the new school year. This means that we will not require districtwide masking if San Diego County enters the high tier in the CDC COVID-19 community level. Instead, we will utilize our school site metrics and county data to determine whether masking is needed at each school.

In the event that we need to consider districtwide masking, we will examine multiple measures that are reflective of school-based transmission, such as number of schools meeting individual site masking metrics, absences, and peer-reviewed studies. We will continue to make decisions in collaboration with our medical and science advisors. The health and safety of our students, staff, families and communities remain a top priority and we will enter the 2022-23 school year with excitement, optimism and a joy for learning for each and every student and staff member.

 

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