San Diego County Superintendent of Schools Dr. Paul Gothold released the following statement today after Governor Newsom announced regulations for school opening and closing:
The San Diego County Office of Education will carefully review the new order issued today and work with local public health and our region’s schools to implement the guidance set forth.
Public schools perform a vital role in California; our schools are the foundation of the success of both the next generation and the economy. We recognize that continuing distance learning poses challenges and hardship for many families. Local schools are doing everything they can to craft plans for the 2020-21 school year that have the academic, social, and emotional well-being of students and families at the center. By being thoughtful now, we can find effective solutions that keep our students and staff safe.
Our approach has been to encourage schools to plan for a full spectrum of requirements around symptom screening, physical distancing, facial coverings, and limits on gathering sizes, recognizing that conditions may call for full or partial implementation of these measures based on state guidance. The new order clarifies some of the state-level expectations, which will help schools hone plans for when students do return to campuses.