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Coronavirus Impact: San Diego Unified School District to begin online instruction in April

Posted: 5:07 AM, Mar 25, 2020
Updated: 2020-03-25 08:07:29-04
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SAN DIEGO (KGTV) -- Starting in April, the San Diego Unified School District is taking its classes online as the closure of the district’s physical school locations continues due to the coronavirus outbreak.

District officials said the transition to remote learning will begin April 6. Teachers will work with students who are able to participate in the online instruction and will “identify those students who are unable to take part.” Any work during the transition period will not be graded but “will contribute towards students’ academic progress in the courses they are taking.”

According to the district, “A formal return to grading and instruction -- but not a return to the physical school environment -- is scheduled for April 27 for the 90 percent of all district students who attend schools on a traditional academic calendar.

As with students on a traditional calendar, the 10 percent of students in year-round schools will experience a soft launch of the new learning environment following spring break, which for these students ends on April 27. There will be a full return to graded instruction in year-round schools on May 11.”

School Board President John Lee Evans "stressed the importance of academic continuity for all students, but especially for graduating seniors and their families."

"The schedule outlined today by the district will give members of the Class of 2020 the assurance they need that they will graduate, whether or not public health officials approve a return to in-classroom instruction," Evans said in a statement.

On March 13, San Diego Unified officials made the decision to shut down its schools to slow the spread of COVID-19.

The district is the second-largest school district in California.