How Are San Diego County School Districts Planning to Continue Learning This Fall?

Here is the latest update from all the different unified school districts in San Diego County as of July 15, 2020.


On-campus learning, distance learning, or hybrid learning, below is everything we know so far about each district's reopening plans.


Alpine Union School District

AUSD approved its Reopening Schools Plan on July 8, which includes a return to face-to-face learning in the classroom four days a week, Tuesdays through Fridays. Students will participate in distance learning on Mondays. Classes will resume on Aug. 19.

Bonsall Unified School District

Bonsall Unified has conducted a parent survey for three learning model options, and a BUSD Reopening School Task Force is still developing its reopening plan. School is still expected to be in session Aug. 19.

Borrego Springs Unified School District

On July 6, the district published its reopening plan, which includes in-person classes, the staff wearing face masks and gloves, and student health screenings each day. 

Cajon Valley Union School District

All Cajon Valley Schools will reopen to students in August. To accommodate individual family needs, students will have the option of 100% distance learning, a hybrid schedule providing two to three days a week of in-school time with the remainder under distance learning at home, or 100% in classroom learning five days a week as school capacity allows.” Classes begin Aug. 19.

Cardiff School District

The Cardiff School District sent a letter to families on July 14 saying the district is prepared to start its school year on Aug. 25 with a full return to classroom instruction that “could pivot to a staggered start hybrid model plan or a distance learning model if necessary.” The district plans to hold a special board meeting to further discuss 2020-2021 learning options and wants to finalize its plans by the end of July to give staff, students, and families time to prepare.

Carlsbad Unified School District

Carlsbad Unified told parents July 13 that it has not yet made a decision regarding its plan for the fall. An update is expected to be announced on July 22. 

Chula Vista Elementary District

Plans still in development.

Coronado Unified School District

The district is still developing a reopening plan that "will be responsive to current public health guidance." 

Dehesa School District

Plans still in development.

Del Mar Union School District

All students will be enrolled in either an in-person school at a school campus or the district’s distance learning program. All parents/guardians recently completed an enrollment confirmation survey, but they will have the option to change their enrollment confirmation at the beginning of August. The first day of school will be on Aug. 24.

Encinitas Union School District

No plan for return has yet been announced, though school officials anticipate providing one by the end of July and will communicate directly with families and staff when it's been decided upon. 

Escondido Union High School District

The district plans on resuming classes on Aug. 25. Two models have been forwarded to the school board for approval, which are "Independent Study through the Learning Center" -- a full-time distance-learning plan -- and a "2 Day Blended Model," which would entail distance learning for all students on Mondays as well as two other days of the week, dependent upon their last name (A-M and N-Z) and one of six subgroups to which they are assigned. The board is expected to meet July 14 to vote on the proposals. However, the district said that "if the cases of COVID continue and worsen, we would delay the reopening of our school campuses and the students opting for the Blended 2-Day Model would begin with fully virtual instruction."

Escondido Union School District

Plans still in development.

Fallbrook Union Elementary School District

FUESD laid out its reopening plan here, which, as of July 9, includes two options: on-campus learning 5 days a week, with a modified instructional day or virtual learning 5 days a week, taught either by a teacher or parent. The first day of school is set for Aug. 17.

Fallbrook Union High School District

Plans still in development.

Grossmont Union High School District

GUHSD, which is targeting a return to campuses on Aug. 10, recently released its Roadmap for Reopening plan, which contains both a full distance-learning and blended options, with levels "of students on campus and in classrooms...set at 25%, 50% and 100%. Schools have the ability to move from level to level as needed, including to a full-distance learning model." All students would be participating in distance learning on Mondays regardless of which level the school has implemented. The expectations are that the school year would start at Level 2, with most students coming to campus once a week, then, after an evaluation of health conditions, processes, and procedures after 15-20 school days, possibly move to Level 3 by week 5 or 6.

Lakeside Union School District

The superintendent announced July 9 that the district intends to open school on Aug. 20 "with in-person learning for all who desire to return." The school will also offer a distance-learning option to its students.

La Mesa-Spring Valley School District

Plans still in development.

Lemon Grove School District

Plans still in development.

Jamul-Dulzura Union School District

Plans still in development.

Julian Union School District

Plans still in development.

Julian Union High School District

JUHSD released its reopening plan for the 2020-2021 school year here. It includes six key elements: Good Hygiene Practices (frequent hand washing and use of sanitizer, face masks are encouraged); Health Checks (no-touch temp screenings); Welcoming Campus (mental health check-ins); Clean Environment (regular disinfection of campuses); Communication (prompt notification of staff and students if there’s exposure); Limit Sharing. JUHSD would block the schedule to reduce movement around campuses and limit class sizes to 15 to 18 students. The first day of school for this district is set for Aug. 11.

Mountain Empire Unified School District

The district superintendent has told families and staff that school officials are still "taking this time to gather and weigh community input in order to develop a safe and thoughtful return plan." Parents are told to check with their school's principal.

National School District

Plans still in development.

Oceanside Unified School District

On June 23, the district outlined three different options for reopening: traditional classes, a hybrid option including online and in-class learning, and an option that is exclusively virtual. The district said on July 14 that no final decisions have been made.

Poway Unified School District

The Poway Unified School District said on July 13 it will give families the option of in-person or virtual learning for students this fall. PUSD said the district’s reopening plan will be finalized in the coming weeks. The first day of school for Poway Unified is set for Aug. 19.

Ramona Unified School District

In a letter to parents sent June 30, the district told parents it was still developing a reopening plan and that it would be issuing a survey to parents to find out what works best for them.

Rancho Santa Fe School District

Classes will resume Aug. 24. Families can select from options of voluntary distance learning or in-school home classrooms, where desks are socially-distanced, as well as socially-distanced outdoor seating and zones on campuses to keep children separated.

San Diego Unified School District

San Diego Unified School District said it will not reopen campuses for in-person learning this fall. This means students will continue distance learning at home when the school year starts on Aug. 31.

SDUSD had hoped to be able to offer a hybrid learning plan this fall that included both an in-person learning option for students and distance learning but the surge in COVID-19 cases in San Diego County has put a halt to those plans. The district plans to make an announcement on where things stand on Aug. 10.

San Dieguito Union High School District

San Dieguito Superintendent Robert Haley sent a note to parents this week saying his district is still actively working on reopening plans for 2020-2021, monitoring state and county health guidelines to make safe decisions. “Here in SDUHSD, we’ve not yet made a decision about the reopening of our schools,” Haley wrote. “We are developing learning models for next year that will align with all of the possible pandemic scenarios we could find our district in, ranging from on-campus, in-class instruction, to the maximum extent possible as called for by the State of California in the current year’s budget, to full-time distance learning.” Haley said SDUHSD will offer a full-time distance learning program for students who are unable to attend on-campus instruction.

San Pasqual Union School District

The first day of school is set for Aug. 19, but it is unclear what instruction will look like.

San Ysidro School District

Plans still in development.

Santee School District

Plans still in development.

Solana Beach School District

Plans still in development.

South Bay Union School District

Plans still in development.

Spencer Valley School District

Plans still in development.

San Marcos Unified School District

Plans still in development.

Sweetwater Union High School District

Aug. 3 is the first day of school for the Sweetwater Union High School District. The district plans to offer distance learning only through the first four weeks of school, with more details to come on the next steps for the school year after that.

Valley Center-Pauma Unified School District

On June 10, the district sent a letter to parents that said it was still developing its reopening plan but may offer parents three options, including traditional in-class learning, a hybrid plan of in-class and online learning, and an option that is exclusively virtual. 

Vista Unified School District

As of June 15, the district said it was monitoring guidance from local, state and federal health departments as it continues to develop a plan for reopening. 

Warner Unified School District

The school board is expected to decide by July 16 whether to move ahead with a proposal that would provide parents the option of having children either attend classrooms in-person full time or participate in a 100% distance-learning plan when the school year starts Aug. 12.

Vallecitos School District

Plans still in development.


As schools make plans to reopen, they must adhere to the state's new guidelines.

The California Department of Education has also provided guidance and resources on distance learning, for the teachers and families of students in grades K-12.


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