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San Diego Unified School District announces next steps in phased reopening plan

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Posted at 10:41 AM, Oct 27, 2020
and last updated 2020-10-27 15:44:50-04

SAN DIEGO (KGTV) -- The San Diego Unified School District is releasing an update on the next phases of its plan to reopen schools for in-person learning.

The current plan to begin Phase Two for elementary school students is after the winter break on Jan. 4, said SDUSD Board President John Lee Evans.

Middle and high Schools will start Jan. 25, at the beginning of the third academic quarter, said Evans.

Elementary students will be divided between morning and afternoon sessions to allow for social distancing in the classroom. Middle and high school students will attend in person sessions, two days per week.

All families will have the option to continue distance learning, said Evans.

"What can throw this plan off track? There are two main factors," said Evans. "Number one, lack of success of controlling the virus in phase one -- which we don't believe will happen; or two, external conditions of the virus in the community."

"I would like to make an appeal to our community to assist us in reopening our schools," said Evans. "Personally, I do not believe that bars and restaurants should be open before our schools are open."

The first phase of the district’s plan, which began Oct. 13, included appointment-based, in-person instruction for elementary school students identified as having “the greatest needs.”

The district is looking to expand Phase 1 to include grade 6-12 students and children in infant/toddler and early-learning programs.

Click here for more on the district's phased reopening plan