Important Updates from EUSD

January 22, 2021

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Updates in this communication include:

  • Gratitude!
  • Updated guidance from California Department of Public Health (CDPH)
  • Reminder: Symptom Checks at Home
  • ASPIRE Spring Break Camp

Message from the Superintendent

Dear EUSD Families,


Gratitude is so important during challenging times! In previous newsletters, I have acknowledged and appreciated the heroic efforts of our families as you all have found yourselves having to support school work at home, adjust to various schedules, and deal with the gravity of the pandemic around us. Today, I want to acknowledge the heroic efforts of our staff. The work of our employees has been nothing short of extraordinary during these not so ordinary times. Currently, only 16% of students in San Diego County are learning in person. I am so absolutely grateful and proud of the efforts of our staff and teachers who continue to work diligently to keep our schools safe, open and caring learning places for all. There is no position in education that has been easy throughout this pandemic. Distance learning, hybrid, in-person and Cloud all have unique challenges and our staff has continued to pivot and adjust as new guidance and protocols have been required. I ask that if you have a chance, please send a note or email of thanks or gratitude to the teacher, custodian, principal, the instructional assistant, the office worker, the health tech or district nurse, the staff member that has made a difference at your child’s school. EUSD staff is working hard to teach, to learn and to ensure the highest levels of safety for all and your words can truly make someone’s day! We would love to hear any specific positive stories as well to celebrate staff publicly! Click here to share a positive story about an individual that has made an impact during this pandemic.


Last week, the California Department of Public Health (CDPH) released new “consolidated” guidance for school reopenings. As a district that opened in the red tier and has remained open, we continue to be allowed to operate during the purple tier. There are a number of recommendations that validate current protocols, however, there are a few new pieces of guidance that we are working to address:


  1. New requirements for posting additional safety plans on the website

  2. A mandatory requirement for chairs in the classroom to be 4 feet apart

  3. Considerations for additional staff and student testing (symptomatic and asymptomatic)


Our staff is working with public health and the new guidance to make the current adjustments necessary and to determine how this will impact our Phase 3 plans. We will continue to keep you updated as we make revisions.


Warmly,


Andrée Grey, Ed.D.

Superintendent

Reminder: Symptom Checks at Home

As a reminder, we continue to urge all families to follow the state’s stay-at-home orders, follow local health and safety guidelines, and do your part in helping prevent the spread of COVID-19 by wearing a mask, keeping physical distance of at least six feet from others, and avoiding gatherings outside of your immediate household. Please view or print the EUSD Decision Tree - Symptoms for easy reference.


This is critical in supporting our schools in staying open and providing the best quality in person instruction possible. Making sure students do not have symptoms or have not been exposed to others at home with symptoms or are COVID-19 positive is critical! One positive case in a classroom requires the entire class to shift to distance learning! Your help is needed!


Please continue to follow procedures which are instrumental in keeping our students and our staff safe at school and home.


  1. Parents/Guardian should screen their child(ren) for COVID-19 before taking them to school each day. Specifically, parents/guardians screen their child(ren) for any of the following symptoms associated with COVID-19: cough, shortness of breath or difficulty breathing, chills, fatigue, muscle or body aches, headache, new loss of taste or smell, sore throat, congestion or runny nose, nausea or vomiting, or diarrhea.


  2. If the child(ren) has any of the symptoms above, parent/guardian will not send the child(ren) to school and will notify the school of the absence and any symptoms experienced.


  3. In the event the child(ren) has been exposed to anyone who has tested positive for COVID-19 in the previous two weeks, parent/guardian will not send the child(ren) to school and will notify the school that the student has been kept home for this reason. The child(ren) will not be able to return to school until permitted by the School in compliance with direction from the San Diego Health & Human Services Agency and the San Diego Public Health Order.

ASPIRE: Spring Break Camp

Great news! EUSD ASPIRE is planning to offer a camp during both weeks of Spring Break. While adhering to all the same safety protocols as during the school day, there will be lots of fun to be had! Activities include arts and crafts, groups games, outdoor play, creative building, and so much more! Space is limited - make sure to register today! Click HERE for more details.