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San Diego Unified School District approves fall reopening plan

Posted at 6:06 AM, Jun 17, 2020
and last updated 2020-06-17 16:33:49-04

SAN DIEGO (KGTV) -- The San Diego Unified School District approved a plan Tuesday night that outlines how the district plans to reopen in the fall.

The school board voted unanimously to move forward with a plan that would allow parents to decide if their students return to campus in the fall of 2020 or continue distance learning at home.

Students returning to in-person learning will go to school for the full day of class every day, not a staggered schedule. All in-person learning is subject to federal and local health guidelines like wearing a mask, 6 feet of social distancing, and frequent hand washing.

If parents feel their child is not ready to go back to campus, they can continue online. The district called it "Distance Learning 2.0," an improvement to the current online learning in place.

The board voted to move forward with the plan despite only having enough funding for only half of the school year. The second half is dependent on federal funding.

This does not mean the district would run out of money for the year; it means all students would have to return to online learning for the second half of the year.

School board members said this vote was just the beginning of a long process to restart school in the fall, adding that things could be updated as local and state guidelines change.