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Superintendent Announces 2020-21 School Year to Begin Online

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SDUSD Parents as Partners (Resouces for Parents)

Dear San Diego Unified Community,

Even though the official start of school is more than six weeks away, we wanted to give you an update as you look ahead to Aug. 31.

San Diego Unified School District has made the decision to start the first week of school online for all students, as opposed to physically reopening campuses.

We arrived at this decision after consistently  monitoring the ever-changing conditions brought on by the COVID-19 pandemic.

Nothing is more important to all of us than the health and safety of students, families, teachers and staff, which is why we ultimately closed schools in March and opted to finish the school year online. Because of similar health concerns, we’re now starting the new year online.

Recently in California, new COVID-19 infection cases have increased dramatically. Worldwide, schools that have chosen to physically reopen have a fraction of California’s infection rates. In California, the pandemic is not under control and has been getting worse.

We understand our decision to start the new school year online for students may complicate your individual family situation, and we share the frustration you may be feeling brought on by this significant health crisis.

We’d like to underscore that, at this point, we’ve only committed to beginning the school year school online. As conditions with COVID-19 change over the weeks ahead, we’ll provide another update on Aug. 10 on the possible timeline to physically reopen schools, along with instructions for the first week of school online.

We will get back there, but we just can’t start there.

Until then, thank you for continuing to practice the safeguards that health officials know will lower the spread of COVID-19: wear a mask, maintain social distancing and wash your hands frequently.

Please stay safe.


Superintendent Cindy Marten