SUHSD Distance Learning Update for Semester 2

Dear Sweetwater Union High School District Families,

We hope this letter finds you and your family safe and healthy. The COVID-19 pandemic remains a major challenge to our community, state, nation, and specifically our schools. Here in South County, where our COVID numbers are nearly twice that of San Diego County, we acknowledge the daily impacts the pandemic is having on all of us.

Given the current state of community spread, we wanted to update you on action that our Board of Trustees took last week: the Board of Trustees approved a plan to continue distance learning into the second semester in January 2021 . They also approved plans to continue and expand small in-person groups and supports where possible, and to continue our athletic conditioning program for students per the guidelines of the California Department of Public Health.

Finally, the Trustees also updated metrics for reopening in-person learning on campus based on South County’s COVID cases and positivity rates in our community and added an additional milestone checkpoint on our plan for February 1, 2021 . This enables us to continue to provide updates on small in-person groups and, if possible, move into the next steps of our reopening plan’s return to in-person instruction. 

If you did not have a chance to watch the meeting, where staff also updated the community on distance learning, metrics for reopening and finances, you can view it here.

We acknowledge how difficult these decisions are for our school community, all of whom wish we could be back on campus teaching and/or learning. We will continue to closely monitor the latest information and work with our local health agencies, medical professions and our partners to ensure that our reopening decisions focus on the health and safety of our students, staff and the entire community.

Thank you for your continued patience and flexibility, and please remember to follow the guidance of our health professionals: wear a mask; socially distance, and wash your hands.