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COVID FAQ

  1. Guidance and Reopening Plans
  2. Testing and Vaccinations
  3. Distance Learning
  4. Grading
  5. Sports
  6. Computers and Technology
  7. Family Resources
  8. Enrollment
  9. Transportation

 

Current COVID-19 Guidance and Reopening Plans

Why are some school districts in San Diego County further along in the reopening process than others? 

The 42 school districts within San Diego County serve vastly different communities. As the largest, San Diego Unified has the most diverse population and covers the most territory. More than 40 percent of our student population do not attend their local school and many parents and employees travel long distances each day. Our classrooms have many different configurations and methods of ventilation. These are precisely the kinds of local factors that districts are required to examine when making decisions on reopening.


How will the new regional stay-at-home order impact schools?

The order does not modify existing state guidance regarding K-12 schools. Schools that are currently open are able to continue to provide in-person instruction on school sites. All schools that have not yet reopened for in-person instruction are able to continue to serve small cohorts of students (e.g., students with disabilities) following CDPH Guidance.

Schools are still required to follow the schools guidance issued by CDPH which outlines requirements for safe conditions, testing and tracing. Schools may be required to close if certain percentages of staff and students are diagnosed with COVID-19. All existing guidance applicable to schools can be found on the CDPH website.  

When will you physically reopen schools?


Cases of COVID-19 continue to rise in San Diego and the nation. Our schools continue to focus on creating the safest return to campus possible. We launched Phase 1 on Oct. 13, 2020 with some San Diego Unified elementary school teachers returning to campus to provide appointment-based, in-person instruction for students with the greatest needs. 



The district expanded Phase 1 on Dec. 7 to include secondary students and the infant and toddler program. Once it is safe for students and staff to implement Phase 2, the district will provide in-person learning to all elementary and secondary students and staff under a split schedule designed to facilitate social distancing. Details on all four phases of reopening are available online.


How is the district keeping my child’s classrooms safe during Phase 1?

To be effective against COVID-19, the district is using quaternary ammonium-based disinfectant. The disinfectant will be utilized to clean restrooms, nurses offices, on classroom touchpoints, and other school site areas. 

We are also utilizing a hydrogen peroxide-based disinfectant, designated safe by the California Department of Public Health.

The district’s current approach is to spray/fog a room after use every evening/night.  Either disinfectant (quaternary ammonium or hydrogen peroxide based) may be used to spray classrooms.  We are also encouraging an increase in room ventilation.   

What will school look like in the future?

No one knows for sure. To ensure the continuity of learning, San Diego Unified is prepared to offer two Learning Options: 1) Online Learning and 2) On-site learning (when it is safe to do so based on health and safety guidelines). On-site learning will include in-person instruction, engagement with teachers and peers, access to supports and enrichment opportunities, and innovative technology. 

The district has experts, including district physician, Dr. Howard Taras, who are helping us prepare to safely reopen. To read the district’s Report of Recommended Standards that the district is adopting, and the input from Dr. Taras and a panel of UCSD Experts, click here.


Testing and Vaccinations

Can my student get a COVID-19 test at any school site?

The week of Dec. 14, the district began offering free COVID-19 tests to eligible students and staff participating in Phase 1 appointment-based instruction. Additional schools have started offering testing since then. Testing is voluntary, and currently limited to staff and students participating in Phase 1 appointment-based instruction at these sites.

The goal is to test every eligible student and staff member every two weeks, starting with those on campus for the first phase of school reopening. Campuses have been selected based on generally higher local case rates of community infections, combined with student and staff participation rates in appointment-based learning. 

The tests will be administered in campus auditoriums and multi-purpose rooms by medical professionals from UC San Diego Health in conjunction with staff members from the district’s health office. Using PCR tests, the procedure takes about 15 seconds to swab both nostrils, and the swab itself is inserted roughly the same distance as a common nasal spray applicator.

Where can my student receive a COVID-19 test if they are not assigned to one of the testing sites above?   

San Diego County has convenient testing facilities located near your home or school. For a list of those sites and their hours of operation, see this County map, or call 211 for information.

Where can I find the latest COVID-19 testing data?


COVID-19 test results will be updated as they are received and promptly published to the district website: sandiegounified.org/covidtesting

What role will San Diego Unified play once vaccines become available?

We will work with the county and state guidelines given at the time. 

Distance Learning

How is Distance Learning different from spring? 

The district spent the summer collaborating with educators and district staff to improve online learning for the 2020-2021 school year. The new online learning model provides a rigorous and challenging curriculum that includes daily, real-time communication between every student and his or her teacher. We want students to continue to grow academically while staying connected to their school communities and preparing for a smooth return to the classroom once it is safe to reopen.    

What will students be expected to do?

All students who are able to access online learning are expected to participate. Students should begin the day prepared to learn. Online learning will consist of a combination of daily live teacher interactions, small group instruction, and self-paced lessons. 

What type of work will my student have?


Expected workload and type of work varies by grade level. Students should expect a blend of screen time and off-screen-time learning. Below is an overview of the district’s new online learning model: 

  • All students will have daily, live interaction with their teachers via video conferencing
  • Custom learning experiences will be based on student needs and will include daily live, online instruction (up to three hours), independent learning (at least two hours), working with other students in small groups or participating in educator office hours (at least one hour)All elementary students will receive instruction in reading, writing, mathematics, science, social studies, physical education, and the arts
  • All elementary students will receive instruction in reading, writing, mathematics, science, social studies, physical education, and the arts
  •  Students will receive grades to measure their progress 

How many hours are reasonable for students to be engaging in online Zoom meetings?

Each student is different. Students will be working in unique situations and therefore, the amount of time online is going to vary. Families should speak with their teachers if they feel their student is getting too much -- or not enough -- online Zoom meeting time.

How will students access lessons? 

Students will receive login information from their teacher.  Access to lessons varies by grade level:

Grades TK-5 will access lessons in Seesaw or Google classroom

Grades 6-12 will access lessons in Google classroom or Canvas 

Special Education students

Families with children receiving special education services will have equal access to opportunities and receive the same educational benefit available to every student at this time.                 

Students will receive live instruction from their general education classroom teacher, their education specialist and their related service providers in both whole-group and small-group settings. Educators will also offer office hours to connect with students and families for additional support. Accommodations and assistive technology will be provided online as outlined in a student’s individualized education plan (IEP).  Families can request a meeting with the IEP team to determine how IEP services will be delivered in online learning. For more information regarding Special Education services, please call (619) 725-7700 or visit https://www.sandiegounified.org/special-education

How is the district supporting English Learners?


The Office of Language Acquisition (OLA), in collaboration with integrated teams, is involved in designing professional learning opportunities for educators and administrators. A high leverage session will be made available to support English Learners (EL), Dual Identified Students, as well as every child needing extra support. We will support educators to maximize student participation, differentiate the process, product, and learning environment through small- group instruction. 


Our OLA team will be supporting school sites and educators through an integrated model: Helping teachers understand their EL students, analyzing student data, co-planning lessons, co-teaching, and Model Quality Learning Interactions and Quality Teaching Practices, as well as integrating Universal Design for Learning Guidelines. The team will also provide support by implementing strategies for the EL Toolkit of Strategies.


We will implement professional development and classroom support through a job-embedded coaching model. 

 

  • The OLA team will host office hours for instruction and compliance
  • OLA will host online ELAC/DELAC meetings to engage our families and seek input
  • Ongoing district and site training will support integrated and designated English Language Development

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What is teacher availability outside lesson time? 

Educators may offer online office hours and/or digital feedback for students and families who may have questions regarding assignments, assessments and progress. Students who feel they need one-on-one dialogue with their teacher may request a phone call, email, virtual online or video conference with their teacher. 

Is my school counselor available? 

Yes, school counselors will be offering direct student and family services. Counselors will be checking in with students and providing support to students in their academic progress and social-emotional health. Students and families may be offered individual, group interventions or a combination of both. 

How will attendance be taken? 

Student attendance will be taken daily in PowerSchool and will be based on both synchronous and asynchronous participation. If your student is absent, please communicate with your student’s teacher.

How will students be tested and assessed?

Students will be tested and assessed through formative assessments which may include project-based learning and other student-produced work with feedback from the teacher. 

Grading

Can you explain how the standards-based grading policy works?  

Our standards remain rigorous, relevant, and aligned to state standards. Providing opportunities for revision and reassessment will allow students to relearn content or material that they may not have fully understood the first time it was taught. Students will be able to learn from their mistakes and demonstrate mastery of knowledge at more than just one point in time.

What is the timeline and goals for implementing standards-based grading?

Since the 2020-21 school year has already begun, the new grading definitions and citizenship marks will NOT be utilized until the following school year in order to allow for time to make the necessary changes in our PowerSchool system and report card structures. Our educators and administrators will focus on implementing two of the essential components of the grading policy for this current school year: 1) Removing nonacademic factors from the academic grade 2) Providing opportunities for revision and reassessment.

When will the revised grading policy be fully implemented for grades 6-12?

Staff will use this school year to collaborate and align grading practices to the revised policy. New academic definitions, citizenship marks, and grading comments will be available for use within PowerSchool for the 2021-22 school year. 

Why is the district making this shift?

Our focus as a district continues to be on educating the whole child and providing quality, standards-based instruction for each child in every neighborhood. At the elementary level, educators have been using standards-based grading and reporting practices for nearly a decade. The shift in our grading policy is to provide clarity and transparency in communicating progress toward mastery of standards for our entire San Diego Unified community, TK-12. By removing non-academic factors from the academic grade and ensuring students have multiple means and opportunities to demonstrate mastery, our academic grades will more accurately reflect student knowledge and skill.

What are the “nonacademic factors” that will move to the citizenship grade?

Nonacademic factors include general behavior, punctuality, effort, and work habits. Students are still expected to turn assignments in on time and behave appropriately, however these factors will now directly affect the citizenship grade rather than the academic grade. Educators will still have due dates for assignments and will establish a timeframe for when late work will be accepted. 

When can I expect to receive details about how these two components will be implemented for my student's classes?  

Elementary educators are already using a standards-based grading system. For grades 6-12, educators will begin to implement changes during Quarter 2. The revised grading policy will not apply to Quarter 1 due to Quarter 1 ending on October 30th. 

Why is the updated grading policy NOT retroactive?

The board-approved policies go into effect after the board has approved the policy during a public board meeting. Educators will need time to collaborate with their site administrators, department, and grade level teams to identify changes that will need to be made for the remainder of this school year. For grades 6-12, the revised grading policy will not apply to Quarter 1 due to Quarter 1 ending on October 30th. 

Will ALL assignments be revised or reassessed? 

Educators will provide “opportunities” for revision and reassessment. Educators will determine the type and frequency of revisions and reassessments based on their content area. Due dates for class assignments, late submissions, revisions and reassessments will also be established in order to give educators enough time to enter scores into the final grade. Over the next few weeks, educators, grade-level teams, departments and school sites will determine which assignments can be revised or reassessed and will communicate directly with families the type, frequency, and timeframe.  

How will high school schedules work this year?

Per Senate Bill 98, the required amount of daily instruction minutes is 240 and can be a combination of both synchronous and asynchronous instruction - this is a reduction in minutes due to the pandemic and online learning (normally it is 360 daily).

Our secondary schedules include 360 minutes of daily instruction: 180 minutes of live synchronous instruction, 60 minutes of small-group/office hours/conferring, and 120 minutes of asynchronous instruction. We are providing more instructional minutes than required by the state during this time.

For secondary schedules, we heard from students and parents that managing six courses at once online was very challenging in the Spring. With this in mind, we decided to move to a quarter system that has fewer classes per quarter but still includes a similar amount of instructional minutes if you factor in both synchronous and asynchronous learning. 

In regard to other high school districts in the county, most are also on a quarter system with a reduced amount of courses per quarter.

My kid’s teachers frequently let the kids go out early from their Zoom class. Is that legal?

The required minimum number of "live" minutes per day is 180. The “live” minutes can be a combination of whole-group and small-group instruction. There is no minimum amount for each category and teachers can decide how many minutes are assigned to whole-group versus small-group instruction. A teacher may end Zoom class early to work with a small group for the remainder of that time. 

Why are high school schedules not able to have all six classes meet each day? 

During online learning in the spring, students and parents expressed that having six online courses at the same time was difficult to manage. A three-class per grading term model more closely mirrors a college course load and allows students to focus more intensely on fewer courses. 

Elementary class schedules remain the same. For questions related to changes to class schedules, please contact your school of enrollment

Will students be able to earn the same amount of credits? 

Yes. There will be no reduction in the number of courses offered. Students will focus on a smaller number of courses per grading term based on a quarter system that will issue credits for each course at the end of that quarter. 

For middle school students, credits for year-long courses will be issued at the end of the second quarter of course completion. 

What is the district doing to build anti-racist and restorative school communities? 

The Board of Trustees recently approved the revision of our suspension/expulsion procedures as well as the implementation of our Restorative Discipline Policy. 

How do the actions taken by the Board of Trustees help eliminate inequities?

The revision of our suspension/expulsion procedures and our Restorative Discipline Policy will eliminate the barriers that prevent our students of color from receiving equitable access, experiences, and outcomes. 

What other actions have the district implemented to eliminate inequities?

The district formed the Transforming School Police Working Group to improve student experiences with school police and eliminate the barriers that prevent students of color from receiving equitable access, experiences, and outcomes.

What was the outcome of the Transforming School Police Working Group?

The Board of Trustees approved the working group’s recommendations to help guide the district’s path forward as it works to transform the way we provide support to students through school police. Among the recommendations: 

  • Assess the impact of school police interactions with youth and community
  • Train School Police on how to engage with youth and community members
  • Train our site leaders around school police involvement
  • Shift to a cluster-wide school police support model to ensuring school police resources are strategically deployed
  • Change School Police uniforms to allow for more approachability while still maintaining identification that preserves the safety of the officer and those they serve

When will my student take school photos?

School photos will be postponed until it is safe to return to onsite instruction. 

Senior portrait appointments may still take place if the photo company has a current contract with the district and is adhering to current health and safety guidelines.

Are my college courses still available online?

Most community college courses moved to an online format starting Aug. 17. Students need to access the SDCCD Canvas Login Page and will need to use their 10-digit College Student Identification (CSID) number, and password, to access their coursework. Courses will remain online for the rest of the school year. 

Will students have access to elective programs, VAPA, CCTE, AP, IB, and dual enrollment community college courses? 

Elective and dual enrollment college courses will still be included as part of the regular course offerings. 

Advanced studies, VAPA, and CCTE resource teachers have been working over the summer to ensure there are resources and enrichment opportunities for all specialized programs that both site teachers and students can access throughout the school year.   

How will students prepare for AP exams with the quarter system?  What is the plan to support these students who rely on these courses for college applications?

High school AP staff members have planned to offer AP coursework and enrichment throughout the school year that will enable students to be prepared for the AP exams in May.

Can my student take the PSAT this year?

We are planning to host the PSAT on Jan. 26th at campuses. More information will be shared once we know more about what the limitations are due to being in the purple tier. 

Will we still have state testing? 

The California Department of Education is still in discussion on this item. We will provide updates when they become available.

What do you have for the Arts? 

San Diego Unified believes a foundation in the arts is essential for every student. Please review this online curriculum created by our Visual and Performing Arts professionals.

Sports

When will high school sports be scheduled to begin? 

The California Interscholastic Federation (CIF) sets the start and delay of high school sports. Should CIF decide to start high school sports, San Diego Unified has discretion related to when we can begin sports and what precautions should be taken.  For more information regarding CIF guidance, please visit the CIF website.

How does the Jan. 12, 2021 CIF announcement impact sports?

CIF announced the opening of the CIF season will begin on Monday, Feb. 1 for two sports, cross country and swim & dive. These two categories of sports will not be able to compete against other teams until the state/county guidelines allow for competition. 


When will cross country and swim & dive begin official practice?


For cross country, the district is in the process of securing Morley Field or Liberty Station in Point Loma for our city conference meets. For swim & dive, CIF has announced they are flipping the seasons for water polo and swim & dive. Currently, swim & dive is in the purple tier and will be able to compete earlier than water polo (which is an orange tier sport). 


To meet the challenge of a lack of access to City of San Diego pools, the district is working with CIF, the City of San Diego, and other organizations to explore pool access options. 


When will other outdoor sports be allowed to begin workouts on campuses throughout San Diego Unified?

Some district high school athletic teams have been given an opportunity to begin conditioning on campus. Teams that play some outdoor Season 1 Sports began holding workouts on Nov. 16.

When will indoor Season 1 Sports be allowed to condition on campus?

Outdoor conditioning will be evaluated by district officials with respect to COVID-19 transmission. Once the impact is determined, and adjustments are made, expansion to outdoor conditioning will be offered to other sports.

Which outdoor sports will be allowed to condition on-campus?

Football, cross country and field hockey. 

Why won’t indoor sports be allowed to condition outside?

The district is beginning with outdoor sports to limit the number of athletes on campus with the goal of preventing the spread of COVID-19. No indoor access is being allowed at this time, including locker rooms, gyms and weight rooms. 

Why won’t water polo be allowed to train outside?

There is currently no access to City of San Diego pools.

How does the Dec. 14, 2020 California Department of Public Health (CDPH) announcement impact sports?

There are no changes to San Diego Unified sports as a result of the CDPH announcement. Phase 2 allows all the Season 1 sports the option to condition. Phase 2 added the sports of water polo, badminton and girls volleyball. Phase 2 sports need to follow the exact same rules and process as Phase 1 did. All Season 1 CIF sports that are Board of Education approved now have the same access to condition on our school sites. . On Jan.12, 2021, CIF announced that competition can commence by Jan.25, as allowed by the guidance from the California Department of Public Health.

Computer and Technology

What if I don’t have a computer?

We will continue to provide personal laptops and Wi-Fi service to families that need them. Your school of enrollment will be able to distribute devices once they have returned from summer break and will provide instructions so you may plan for a pick-up.

What do I have to bring to get a computer?

Please bring your photo ID and show proof of identity for your child by providing your: 1) Child’s school ID card OR 2) student ID number OR 3) child’s date of birth and address. Write your child’s name, ID number, or date of birth and address in large print on a sheet of paper that can be easily ready by staff members from a distance of at least six feet. Carry this with you or place on the dash of your car and be prepared to show it to staff. Students in middle or high school may pick up their laptop device without a parent or guardian present. 

What if I am having issues with the computer I was given or need tech support?

If you already picked up a Chromebook and need technical support, please call the Online Learning Technical Support line at (619) 732-1400.  Hours of operation are 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Monday through Friday and 9 a.m. to 1p.m. 

Have you explored dictation software for young learners who don’t know how to type or use a keyboard?

We use an extension bar within Google Read and Write. The extension bar has speech to text.  This dictation feature allows the user to dictate words to assist them with writing.  Once the extension bar is set up on the computer it is easy to click on speech to text.  There is not a need for a keyboard. 

What if I don’t have access to the internet?

The district has partnered with internet service providers who are supplying free or discounted full-service internet offers to qualifying families. The Cox Connect2Compete program is one option. Additionally, mobile hotspots have been made available. For more information, or if you need assistance, please call the SDUSD Family Support Line at 619-260-2460. Dedicated agents are standing by ready to assist. Bilingual-Spanish assistance is available. Hours of operation are 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Friday. 

Will my student be safe online using Zoom?

Zoom is one tool being used to facilitate collaboration and online learning between our educators and students. We have outlined appropriate uses for Zoom on our district website, and provided educators with significant amounts of professional development on best practices for Zoom use in education. Zoom provides clear guidance for educators to maintain control over their students’ online experience. San Diego Unified has shared those and other useful Zoom sites with educators. We have provided additional guidance to teachers on best practices for Zoom use, including locking meetings, preventing screen sharing, disabling private chat, disabling video and muting participants. San Diego Unified’s Zoom page includes links to our Zoom best practices. Zoom uses industry-standard security technologies, procedures, and organizational measures designed to help protect personal information from unauthorized access, use, or disclosure. Zoom’s K-12 Schools & Districts Privacy Policy is designed to reflect our compliance with the requirements of the Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act (“COPPA”), the California Consumer Privacy Act (“CCPA”), the Federal Education Rights and Privacy Act (“FERPA”), and other applicable law. Zoom does not share student personal information with third parties or as required by law, except at the direction and on behalf of school districts. Families are encouraged to read the Zoom privacy policy. If parents do not want their students participating in Zoom conferences, they have a right to opt out of participation and their educators will find other ways to communicate with them.

Will my student be safe online?

San Diego Unified has implemented a new cloud based-web filtering software for students called iboss. It allows the district to comply with the Children's Internet Protection Act (CIPA) and extends web filtering for student devices regardless of the location they are learning in. With the iboss cloud, security follows the student, and ensures that the same level of protection and compliance is applied to a student regardless of whether they are on campus or at home. All district distributed Chromebooks will have the web filtering extension installed on it, no action will be required from the students or school staff.

Family Resources

I need help finding food


Students cannot learn without fuel, which is why we have set up food distribution sites across the district. Parents can go to their designated meal site to pick up meals. Designated meal sites may be your enrollment school. Parents may also contact their principal to confirm their designated meal site.  

When picking up meals, parents may bring a form of identification for their children. It can be the child’s school ID, or, the ID can be written down on a piece of paper, along with the student’s name and school. The first time a meal is picked up, parents will be given a school validation card. Parents can use the school validation card for future meal pick up. 


We have now served more than 10 million meals since March 16, and we know that so many students and their families are in need.  

In addition to our own food services, we are actively working with Feeding San Diego and the San Diego Food Bank for assistance with food distribution. Both organizations have excellent options available in most neighborhoods.


How about my pets?

The San Diego Humane Society is supporting families and their pets who need extra help during the COVID-19 pandemic. For more information, please visit the Human Society website at https://www.sdhumane.org/programs/support-services/pantry-service.html

How can parents help their students thrive during this time?


The following are tips and strategies you can continue to cultivate at home while continuing school via online learning:

  1. Stay healthy: Continue to follow all public health guidelines to protect you and others from the COVID-19 pandemic.
  2. Monitor district communication for up-to-date information.
  3.  Communicate with school staff regarding technology needs. The district has set up a technology helpline to assist students and families. The helpline is available by calling 619-732 -1400 Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. 
  4. Continue to enhance your wellness and the well-being of your family. For more information please visit, LiveWell@Home San Diego.
  5. Stay involved in your child’s learning. Check out these online tips for parents.
  6. Give yourself permission to have students work independently when you need time for your own priorities.
  7. Try to make time to play together, read stories together and document your family’s experience of this time together in a journal.
  8. Be gentle with yourself and your family. This can be an unsettling time for everyone. San Diego Unified has mental health and wellness information online.

 

Stay connected by visiting our Family Online Learning Menu with important information on Technology, Health & Safety, Social Emotional Lessons & Wellness. We have also created this presentation including helpful resources to enhance your family’s Wellness, Mindfulness, Physical & Mental Health.


Remember: We are in this together and we are here to support you. 

How else can we stay healthy?

Stay active! Our physical education teachers have set up a site for continued learning. The district athletics department has also shared information.

I need help (mental health) 

Mental health and wellness is critical for parents and students during this challenging time. The district has created a web site with available resources. There’s also a self-care tool for youth Gritx.org and a mindfulness platform specifically designed for mental health, Inner Explorer, that includes short, 5-10 minute activities for our students and families. Below are additional resources available to our students and families. 


National Suicide Prevention Lifeline

1-800-273-8255

We can all help prevent suicide. The Lifeline provides 24/7, free and confidential support for people in distress, prevention and crisis resources for you or your loved ones, and best practices for professionals.

Mental Health Resource Center

Our Mental Health Resource Center offers a variety of mental health services to our students, including services for students with IEPs. Please see services provided to students here.

School Link Mental Health

Teen Recovery Centers

How is the district supporting working families with childcare options on campus? 

Schools have remained closed for student and staff safety. As the district begins planning for schools to safely reopen and explore childcare services, families may contact the YMCA Childcare Resource Services at 1-800-481-2151.


Will the district be partnering with tutoring services to help parents? 

The Family Engagement Department has resources available to help parents:

  • Families can use High Impact Home Strategies to support their child’s learning at home.
  • Online training modules for students and families. These pre-recorded modules will be available for families to access at their convenience during the “Welcome Week” of school.
  • The Family Engagement Department, will continue to offer (weekly family workshops, designed for parents and students participation, to enhance student learning and family engagement.

To learn more, contact the Family Engagement Department at 619.293.4431.

Enrollment

How do I enroll my student in San Diego Unified? 

All students are guaranteed enrollment in their neighborhood school. For details on the enrollment process, please visit our Office of Neighborhood Schools and Enrollment Options online. There, you will find remote enrollment procedures for new-to-district families for the current year, along with other useful information.

Can I apply to attend a school outside of my neighborhood?

Yes, parents are still welcome to apply for the Choice program for 2020-2021. If space is still available, your student may be offered enrollment. For more, please visit our Office of Neighborhood Schools and Enrollment Options online. 

When does Preschool enrollment begin? 


Applications for part day preschool started for select sites on June 1, 2020 for priority enrollment.  The open application period started on June 24, 2020 and will continue throughout the school year until March 31, 2021, as space allows.  

Families can visit our website at Early Learning Programs for additional details. Families can contact an enrollment specialist at 619.260.2450 or via email at earlychildhood@sandi.net.

Do you offer support for incoming military families? 

Yes, our Neighborhood Schools and Enrollment Options office is currently serving military families remotely for all enrollment needs. Please visit their home page for more information.

Did the district apply for a waiver for elementary schools? 


No, a waiver is no longer required for schools to reopen in San Diego.

Transportation

Why are school buses – some of them without passengers – driving around the district while the majority of students are learning online?

The district needs to be ready to meet service needs as we move through the reopening phases and more students return to in-person instruction. In addition, CHP continues to conduct regular inspections and buses must stay in good working order. To keep buses safe for students and in working order, our drivers are taking buses on routes that have had stop adjustments due to COVID-19 to evaluate time factors with additional stops. Bus drivers are also evaluating school drop-off areas for physical distancing needs and adjustments, participating in training, driving buses to ensure that batteries are sufficiently charged, and participating in hands-on training.

What other work are bus drivers doing while the majority of students learn online?

Our drivers are delivering food boxes for families to food service curbside meal distribution sites, delivering textbooks, computers and other educational supplies to students with special needs at their homes. Bus drivers are also cleaning and sanitizing buses, blocking out or removing seats to ensure social distancing, installing signage and sanitizer. In addition, drivers are working to update buses that have been out of service by installing “kid find devices” (ensuring pupils are not left on a bus)

Are any students receiving bus transportation?

Yes. The district is transporting students to schools referred as “nonpublic special education schools” and also Children and Youth in Transition to non-district schools that are open. Meanwhile, some students participating in Phase 1 of reopening are also receiving transportation service.