Updates & Information from EUSD

July 27, 2021

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Video Update from Superintendent Andree Grey for the 2021-2022 School Year

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EUSD Fall 2021 Information Video

Updates for the 2021-2022 School Year

What a difference a year makes! We look forward to an amazing 2021-22 school year and are providing updates prior to the year to ensure our families and staff are informed of several changes to the COVID-19 safety protocols and mitigation strategies. Of course, guidance and information can change based on health orders. We will continue to provide updates as needed.

Several updates for this school year include the lessening of some guidance with the priority for keeping students in school with a regular schedule and minimizing the need for absences. We know that is extremely important to all of us as we work to start the year as typical as possible.

Starting with the first day of school on Tuesday, August 17, the 2021-2022 school year will be the regular schedule for all EUSD students.

  • 8:00 a.m. - 2:20 p.m. Monday-Thursday
  • 8:00 a.m. - 12:45 p.m. Friday

COVID-19 Mitigation Strategy Updates:

  • Hygiene practices of handwashing and instruction will continue.

  • Daily cleaning continues.

  • Increased ventilation systems and Merv-13 filtration continues.

  • 3 feet physical distancing is recommended, but not required.

  • Lunches will be seated similarly to pre-Covid-19 at tables.

  • Classes will eat lunch at tables together for contact tracing.

  • EUSD will create a process for bringing back volunteers based on guidance.

  • Opportunities for events: Field trips, Parent Meetings, Back To School Night, PTA Events, etc. Each event will include specific safety guidelines provided from the site principal.


  • Masks are not required outdoors for anyone. Opportunities in EUSD for maximizing outdoor time without masks includes: PE, recess, socializing, academic time, lunch and enrichment.

  • Masks are required when indoors at school for all students and staff.

  • Rationale from CDPH:

    • Airborne transmission

    • Multiple layers of strategies still recommended

    • Social distancing no longer required

    • Allows for modified quarantine (see below)

    • Reduces potential stigma

  • Medical exemptions-

    • When there is a medical condition that does not allow a mask, other options will be considered. (ie. shields with drapes)

  • Independent Study option.

  • Masking is based on a legally enforceable and required mandate from the California Department of Public Health (CDPH) of all K-12 California schools. Additionally, this is required by district insurance carriers.

When a child has COVID-19 symptoms:

  • Perform daily symptom checks at home.

  • If symptoms, in order to return to school the following must be met:

    • No fever 24 hours without meds

    • Reduction of symptoms

    • Negative test

    • Or, 10 days have passed since symptom onset

    • Or, doctor note with chronic condition

When a child has been exposed to COVID-19:

  • If both parties were wearing a mask indoors there is a 10 day stay In school option, if the following are met:

    • If child is asymptomatic

    • Twice weekly testing during the 10 days and negative results.

    • Quarantine from all outside curricular activities such as sports.

    • EUSD is working on a testing option within the district to support parents and staff.

When someone is positive with COVID-19:

  • Isolate 10 days since positive or symptom onset

  • Must be 24 hour fever free with reducing symptoms in order to return.

  • Contact tracing and district notifications will be sent.

Back to School Information from Site Principals:

Please note that specific school site information about the upcoming school year, class placements, etc will be provided by individual school sites prior to the start of the school year.

Input and Questions

In an ongoing effort to receive input and questions from our families and staff, please click here to share any questions or information with us in regards to the upcoming school year.

Encinitas Union School District