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Spokesperson: Error put Chula Vista Elementary School District on waiver application list

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Posted at 7:25 AM, Aug 21, 2020
and last updated 2020-08-21 16:23:06-04

CHULA VISTA, Calif. (KGTV) – The Chula Vista Elementary School District’s appearance on a website list of applicants seeking to reopen schools was determined to be a mistake, the district told ABC 10News.

CVESD never applied for a waiver, stating on their Facebook page on Thursday night:

“We are aware of a ‘Chula Vista Elementary’ fraudulently being listed as an applicant for a school reopening waiver. Our District has NOT applied for a waiver to reopen our schools. As a part of the waiver process, we would consult with labor units, parents and community organizations first. Our District is working with investigative authorities to determine how documents were submitted purporting ‘Chula Vista Elementary’ is a waiver applicant with the San Diego County Health and Human Services Agency.”

District officials said the 2020-21 school year will begin Aug. 31 with distance learning.

On Friday, a district spokesperson told ABC 10News that the listing was the result of an error made by an independent charter school that selected the Chula Vista district name on the San Diego County Health and Human Services website.

The spokesperson said the HHSA informed the district of the mistake and the website has since been corrected.

Meanwhile, at least 27 schools in San Diego County have already been given the green light to begin in-person learning, with dozens of other schools still waiting for approval.

Those schools that have been approved have several things in common, including the ability to maximize outdoor space.

The Rancho Santa Fe School District is on the list of those that can bring students back to campus, and Superintendent Donna Tripi said preparing for this was not an easy task.

"We had to work on the class groupings, we had to do training for staff, training for parents, we had to write up all the protocols and really think out every move that everyone makes on campus,” Tripi said.

San Diego County was removed for California's virus monitoring list on Aug. 18, beginning the 14-day countdown the county needs to stay off the list in order to reopen K-12 schools in-person.

On-campus classes could resume as soon as Sept. 1, depending on the school district.