San Diego Unified sets April 12 target date for reopening schools

Nearly a year after San Diego Unified closed its schools due to the pandemic, the state’s second-largest district plans to reopen schools for all grade levels the week of April 12 — but that target date is contingent on the county getting out of the most-restrictive purple tier and on school staff getting access to both COVID vaccine doses, the district’s board president said Tuesday.

The district is planning this target date after being told by San Diego County officials that the county will open up COVID vaccinations to school staff and other essential workers starting Monday, San Diego Unified Board President Richard Barrera said.

The district plans to call staff back to school the week of April 5, right after spring break, Barrera said.

All students who wish to attend school in-person would get the chance the following week. Families who wish to keep their students at home would be able to continue in distance learning.

In addition to vaccines, the district’s plan is contingent on San Diego County getting and staying out of the purple tier, which means the county case rate must fall and remain below 7 per 100,000 residents.

As of Tuesday morning the county case rate is 22 per 100,000. The rate has been on the decline for several weeks, and San Diego Unified expects the rate will have fallen below 7 per 100,000 by the time April 5 comes around, Barrera said.

This story will be updated.

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