The COVID-19 pandemic continues to have a significant impact on our entire community. Although it had been our hope that we might see lower infection rates in San Diego County, and in particular our South Bay region, instead the most recent data shows that we are in danger of moving back into higher risk categories. This is even more pronounced in our region, where infection rates are significantly higher than other regions of San Diego County.
It is with this information, and with our continued commitment to the safety of our students, families, and staff, that we announce the continuation of distance learning for the remainder of the semester through December 2020. As was outlined in our reopening plan earlier in the summer, our next checkpoint will be by November 30, 2020, to determine how we will start the second semester in January 2021.
Although we will remain in distance learning, we are committed to continuing to find ways that we can provide in-person services to some of our highest needs students. As pandemic conditions may allow, staff will be reaching out to these families directly as more information becomes available.
If the situation improves, the district’s reopening plan allows for the possibility of small group supports (per California Department of Public Health). Once these small group supports begin and conditions approach the Substantial or Moderate levels as defined by the California Department of Public Health, the District will reassess a phased approach to restarting athletics and visual and performing arts activities, as health and safety protocols allow.
During this incredibly challenging time, we will continue to closely monitor the latest information and work with our local health agencies and our partners to ensure that we are doing what is in the best public health interest of the entire community.
For more information, please see our Reopening Plan available at: www.sweetwaterschools.org