Ready for the Fall - Back to School on August 31

Posted: Thursday, June 18th 2020


San Diego Unified schools will reopen in the fall with a focus on health and safety, according to a vote on June 16 by the Board of Education. Students will have a choice of attending class either on campus, online or a combination of both.

To help schools plan for next year and get an idea of instructional option interest, surveys were sent to families to check their attendance preferences, as individual school communities begin to plan for the implementation of new safety procedures. Please complete one survey for EACH child that attends our SDUSD schools by June 25th @ 5:00 p.m.

You will have an opportunity later in the summer to formally register for the program that will work best for your family. The official date for Back to School this year remains unchanged: August 31 for all schools on a traditional calendar.

Safety and flexibility

Beyond ensuring the safety of every school campus, San Diego Unified leaders today assured all families they will have access to high quality academic options both on their school campus and online.

There will also be flexible options for families who would like to do a combination of both.

Improvements to the online options will be based on the lessons learned from the program this spring, as well as existing independent study models available in San Diego Unified at schools like Mt Everest Academy, one of the top schools in California, according to U.S. News and World Report. The reopening outline shared today with the Board is available here.

Missed the meeting?

Don’t worry if you were not able to join the conversation today. Surveys for parents and guardians will be going out this week and school communities will be holding virtual meetings to gather more parent input. In the meantime, if you would like to watch the Board Meeting, it’s available online here.

Are we there yet?

No, there is still a lot of work to be done before the next school year begins. Every school community needs to plan for reopening in the way that works for the students they serve.

We also have a lot more work to do when it comes to federal advocacy to be able to continue to offer the educational options for the entire 2020-21 school year.

Current state funding does not provide all the resources schools will need for the entire upcoming school year. San Diego Unified will continue working with our local, state and national elected officials to fight for the funding our students deserve.

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