Sweetwater Union Excessive College District, the county’s second-largest district, introduced Monday it received’t reopen for in-person studying till at the very least January 2021.
“Though it had been our hope that we would see decrease an infection charges in San Diego County, and particularly our South Bay area, as a substitute the newest knowledge reveals that we’re in peril of transferring again into increased danger classes,” the district mentioned in a statement on its web site Monday.
Sweetwater will revisit the problem by Nov. 30.
County knowledge present that south San Diego and south San Diego County have borne the brunt of COVID-19 circumstances.
Sweetwater and different districts in these hard-hit areas enroll massive numbers of scholars from low-income households and college students of shade— the populations most probably to contract the coronavirus as a consequence of socioeconomic and well being disparities. About 60 p.c of Sweetwater’s roughly 38,000 college students are socioeconomically deprived, and 72 p.c of Sweetwater college students are Latino.
Final week the county realized that it was near being moved right down to probably the most restrictive tier of the state’s reopening system. It had logged a every day new case fee of eight.1 per 100,000 residents after changes from the state.
Nonetheless, extra recent data show that San Diego County has a superb probability of avoiding the purple tier this week.
Whereas Sweetwater will stay closed and supply distance studying, the district will maintain in-person assessments for college kids with disabilities, mentioned Sweetwater appearing Superintendent Moises Aguirre.
If COVID case charges lower, the district could maintain in-person, small-group help classes for college kids with excessive wants, as a number of different districts are doing.
In response to an online presentation of the district’s reopening plans, Sweetwater anticipates reopening in phases.
Within the first part, all pupil studying and actions will stay on-line.
Within the second part, the district could maintain in-person help classes for college kids with excessive wants.
Within the third part, in-person courses can resume for all college students, however not more than one-fifth of the coed inhabitants could be allowed to be on campus at a time, which suggests the district could be utilizing a hybrid studying mannequin — some in-person studying and a few at-home studying.
Within the final part, hybrid studying would nonetheless be in impact and not more than half of the coed inhabitants could be allowed on campus at a time.
La Mesa-Spring Valley College District in East County recently announced it’s suspending reopening till at the very least the tip of November after studying of the county’s elevated case fee final week.
San Diego Unified, the county’s largest faculty district, has not set any reopening date however will deliver some college students again for in-person help classes within the subsequent couple weeks.
A handful of districts in San Diego County, together with Del Mar Union, Rancho Santa Fe, Alpine Union, Cajon Valley Union and Solana Seashore are already open.
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