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Sweetwater Union High School District board approves 2020-21 school reopening plan

Posted at 2:43 PM, Jul 28, 2020

CHULA VISTA, Calif. (KGTV) -- The Sweetwater Union High School District’s reopening plan for the 2020-21 was approved by its board Monday, with the school year set to begin Aug. 3 via distance learning.

The district first announced its reopening plan during a meeting on July 23.

From Aug. 3-Oct. 2, all classes will be virtual -- based on public health orders issued by the state.

To start the year, while distance learning, students will be on a daily block schedule. Students will have three classes a day with 30-45 minutes of face time with their teacher and 45-60 minutes of class spent as independent study.

Devices for distance learning will be available for all students. The district’s plan indicated a July 29-31 window for device distribution.

Attendance will be monitored and grades “will be based on mastery and course completion requirements.”

During the school year, the district plans to evaluate the possibility of a return to in-class instruction on three dates:

-- Sept. 21: District will assess whether distance learning will continue after fall break.

-- Nov. 30: District will assess whether distance learning will continue into second semester or potentially bring 10% of students back to schools.

-- March 1: District will assess whether distance learning will continue through the end of the school year.

If in-class instruction is allowed, all schools will have safety protocols in place that will be monitored.

The reopening plan notes all afterschool programs will be virtual.

All fall sports are postponed until at least mid-December, based on CIF guidelines.

Click here to view a draft of the Sweetwater Union High School District's full reopening plan