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I want to personally thank our teachers, staff, counselors, administrators, and student leaders for the countless hours in preparation for Monday, March 8.  As we await authorization from the California Department of Public Health, we remain committed to offering all students who selected “in-person” learning instruction the opportunity to access campus starting the week of March 8. We are doing everything we can to receive authorization to expand general in-person instruction, however, we do not have local control to do so. Per Governor Newsom’s Executive Orders and the CDPH K12 Guidelines, we cannot move forward without authorization from Dr. Naomi Bardach, Lead of the Safe Schools for All Team for the State of California.
We look forward to welcoming students on campus during their assigned day to connect with fellow students and staff members during the instructional day. Site administrators have contingency plans to welcome on-campus learners in the event our district’s plan is not authorized prior to Monday by Dr. Bardach.  Site principals will communicate with their school communities on Sunday.  
  • On Monday, February 22, we submitted our School Safety Review request to San Diego County Public Health, the first step in the process.
  • On Saturday, February 27, San Diego County Public Health Officer, Dr. Wilma Wooten, approved our plan and submitted it on our behalf to the CDPH K12 Safety Review Portal for final approval prior to the start of the business day on Monday, March 1. 
  • Under the review process, the CDPH has seven business days in which to make a decision or request more information. The maximum number of days for the review takes us to March 9. 
  • On Tuesday, March 2, 2021, we sent a request, along with Carlsbad Unified School District and Poway Unified School District, on behalf of a combined 40,000 middle and high school students asking for final approval by Friday, March 5.  (see letter posted on our Website)
  • On Wednesday, March 3, we received a response that indicated that they were aware of our concern, but could not guarantee a response by Friday, March 5. 
  • On Friday, March 5, we sent another request for a determination so we could proceed on Monday, March 8.  We are still waiting, but we are hopeful. 
We remain optimistic and confident we will hear from the state either today or throughout the weekend. As soon as we hear something -- we will notify our SDUHSD Community.
video resources

video resources

Q and A with:
Dr. John S. Bradley, Rady Children’s Hospital / UCSD 
Dr. Alice Pong, Rady Children’s Hospital 
Chris Abe R.N., CIC, HEM, Vice President, Operations, Rady Children’s Hospital
6:50: Introduction and Data
14:25: Balancing Values
16:15: Transmission of the Virus
17:15: Mitigation Measures
19:20: 6 ft Rule
19:55: Symptom Decision Tree
22:40: Lessons Learned
25:00: End
34:00-38:00: Doctor Panel Q and A (Distancing and Masks)
44:30-47:25: Doctor Panel Q and A (Symptoms)
52:00-58:00: Doctor Q and A (Treatment of Covid-19)
Covid-19 Resources

Covid-19 Resources

Coping & Managing Stress

Feelings of stress, anxiety, or other depression-like symptoms are common reactions during and after the uncertainty of any natural or human-caused incident. Limiting exposure to media and creating a routine with opportunities for varied activities and breaks from "screen time" has been shown to assist people with coping. Here is an example of a suggested daily home schedule during school closure.
Talk with your family about how they are feeling and follow guidance to reduce the effects of stress on your physical and emotional health.
If there is acute distress,
  • Access & Crisis Line 1-888-724-7240
  • SAMHSA’s Disaster Distress Helpline: Call this toll-free number to be connected to the nearest crisis center for information, support, and counseling.1-800-985-5990 or text TalkWithUs to 66746. (TTY 1-800-846-8517) Disaster Distress Helpline Website:  
  • 911 if emergency
  • For confidential non-emergency requests for school counseling supports, please contact your child's school site directly. 
  • For further mental health supports, SDUHSD partners with CareSolace, a no cost online resource with a live 24X7 concierge line (888) 515-0595 meant to assist individuals in finding local mental health-related programs and counseling services. To use Care Solace, individuals answer 10 basic questions to receive an extensive list of referrals to applicable care providers. Care Solace takes into account all types of private insurance including Medi-Cal, Medicaid, and Medicare and no insurance. The system also filters by age, gender, zip code and special request. Care Solace does not require a user’s name, address, phone number, or date of birth. All of the information that is entered on their platform is completely confidential and stored securely. If you are interested in seeking counseling-related services at this time, please consider visiting CareSolace.



Prevention of COVID-19

Prevention: How to Stay Healthy and Prevent the Spread of Virus
Please follow these approaches to protect yourself from the virus (CDPH, 2020):
  • Wash your hands with soap and water.  Review Handwashing: A Family Activity
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose or mouth with unwashed hands. 
  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
  • Stay away from other people if you become sick with respiratory symptoms like fever and cough.
  • Additional Cleaning of Surfaces - Clean daily with an added emphasis on all high-touch surfaces (door handles, phones, etc.). 
Stay Home if you are Sick - As part of preventative measures recommended by the county and state public health departments, stay home if you are sick, especially if it includes a fever and/or coughing. Be sure to:
  • Remain at home until your fever has been gone for at least 24 hours without the use of fever-reducing medicines.
  • Seek immediate medical care by calling your physician if symptoms become more severe, such as with a high fever or if you have difficulty breathing. 
  • If you are experiencing symptoms of COVID-19 (fever, coughing, and/or shortness of breath) and may have had contact with a person with COVID-19 or recently traveled to countries with apparent community spread, call your healthcare provider or local public health department first before seeking medical care so that appropriate precautions can be taken. CDC Resources for Home