Dear Parents/Guardians and Staff Members,
As you may know, Governor Gavin Newsom recently announced a plan to implement a ‘Regional Stay at Home Order’ that is based on hospital Intensive Care Unit (ICU) capacity. What does a stay-at-home order mean? Bars, wineries, personal services, hair salons, and the like would be temporarily closed for three weeks. This order does not currently impact school operations as it does not modify existing state guidance regarding K-12 schools.
Our District will continue to provide targeted support for small stable cohorts of students to ensure our most vulnerable populations can access distance learning support with the assistance of partners such as the YMCA. Should the stay-at-home order go into effect, rest assured that a skeletal staff of essential employees will be there to support our students.
Please understand that state and federal guidelines, local conditions, and the policies that result have been fluid throughout the pandemic. As of this writing, the region that includes San Diego County has not triggered the state’s Stay at Home order. However, based upon current projections, the ICU threshold could be triggered in a matter of days. The regional orders would go into effect within 24 hours in regions with less than 15% ICU capacity.
San Diego County is in the Southern California Tier, which also includes Imperial, Inyo, Los Angeles, Mono, Orange, Riverside, San Bernardino, San Luis Obispo, Santa Barbara, and Ventura counties. You can find more details about the order on the state’s website.
We are closely monitoring the situation and will continue to work with local public health officials as we move forward. We will update when more information becomes available.
Francisco Escobedo, Ed.D.