Important Updates from EUSD

October 2, 2020

Dear EUSD Families,

It has been encouraging to hear from so many families as they have shared their positive experiences with students back in school. From stories about children who were quite nervous to come back, but exclaimed what a great week they had to the story of a sixth grader whose parent shared that the student was back to loving school after feeling disconnected during the closure. We know this is still far from easy and we have many challenges yet to tackle, but we are united in our commitment to high quality learning for all. Thank you for your continued support and involvement.

In this week’s newsletter, we have included many updates from the various questions we have heard, as well as adjustments needed based on California Department of Public Health guidance, and we have included a survey link. Please take a moment to review the important topics listed below.

Site COVID-19 Prevention Plans / School Closures

We have refined our Site COVID-19 Prevention Plans to match guidance on school closures in the event of positive COVID-19 case(s).

  • If there is a positive case in a classroom, the entire class will be required to quarantine and the teacher will shift to providing distance learning for all students for the 14 day period.

  • If there are multiple positive cases in multiple cohorts or at least 5 percent of the total number of students/staff/teachers test positive, the entire school would be closed and move into distance learning.

  • The school district would need to close if 25% or more of schools in the district have closed due to COVID-19 within 14 days, and in consultation with the local public health department.

Links to each site’s COVID-19 Prevention Plan are provided below:

El Camino Creek
Flora Vista
La Costa Heights
Mission Estancia
Ocean Knoll
Olivenhain Pioneer

Park Dale Lane
Paul Ecke Central

COVID-19 Case Update & Tracking Dashboard

This afternoon, we learned of a positive case of COVID-19 at Ocean Knoll Elementary School. Through our confirmation process with the individual and public health officials, we have learned that the case was contracted outside of school. Please know that any close contacts have been notified via a personal phone call earlier this afternoon and have been instructed to quarantine for 14 days. In addition, an all call notification and informational letters were shared to the Ocean Knoll staff and community. In our ongoing efforts to share the most up to date information with our staff and families, we will include case related information in these weekly updates through our COVID-19 Tracking Dashboard.

The purpose of the COVID-19 Tracking Dashboard is to provide our families and staff with a clear summary of current, active cases at district sites. An active case indicates that a student or staff member participating in on-site activities has tested positive for a COVID-19 infection. Individuals who test positive for COVID-19 are excluded from participation in any in-person activities. In addition, they are required to quarantine according to the protocol established by the San Diego County Department of Public Health. Once the case is cleared to return, the case will be removed from active status and the dashboard will be updated. It is our intent that the dashboard will be updated on a weekly basis. This in addition to letters that would be sent to an individual class with a positive or to the school site.

Parent Hybrid Survey

As we have shared, the hybrid model allows us to open due to our ability to reduce each school’s capacity by 50% to have small cohorts of 16 or less students for maximum social distancing across the school day. Our staff has worked diligently to plan all of the procedures, processes and lesson plan formats to support students and families during hybrid. Given our current schedule parameters of hybrid, we would like your feedback to help us with further planning and refining. This survey will be open through Wednesday, October 7th. Click here.

Video Overview & Decision Tree for Families regarding COVID-19 Symptoms

Please view the following video describing the COVID-19 Guidance Flowchart for Families. The decision tree is provided below for your reference. This decision tree was developed based on guidance from public health by our amazing District nurses, Denise Donar and Karen Shuff. We appreciate their ongoing support and guidance!


Andrée Grey, Ed.D.


COVID-19: Symptom Guidance for Students & Families

REMINDER: Daily Symptom Checks for Students At Home

As a reminder, parents/guardians will screen their child(ren) for COVID-19 before taking them to school each day. We thank you for your attention to this very important process.

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

Additionally, parent/guardian will take the temperature of the child(ren) using an operable

thermometer. If the child(ren) has a temperature of 100.0 °F or above, the parent/guardian will not send the child(ren) to school and notify the school of the absence. A child will not be sent to school if medication for the purpose of reducing a fever has been administered within the last 24 hours.

Additionally, 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.

School Reopening Plan for 2020-21

Click here to view the EUSD School Reopening Plan for 2020-21. The document covers the Guidelines, Resources, and Best Practices for the Safe Reopening of Encinitas Union School District Schools In COVID-19 Conditions. Updates include the EUSD COVID-19 Symptom Guidance Decision Tree to Students/Parents on Page 13.

Employment Opportunities for Parents/Guardians and Members of Our Community

The Encinitas Union School District has employment opportunities for parents/guardians who want to work part-time and/or want to be on the same schedule as their children. Many of our current employees started as volunteers and then applied for paid positions in the district. These employment opportunities are also great for retirees who want to stay active within their community. Pass along this information if you know someone that would be a great fit for our district!

For further information, please contact Jane McGuigan at or at

760-944-4300 ext. 1182.

These are some employment opportunities that are available. The positions range from 1.75 hours a day to 6.0 hours a day during the school year.

1. Noon Supervisors - Range 4.5 starting at $14.24 per hour

2. Safety Monitors - Range 5.5 starting at $15.00 per hour

3. Instructional Assistants Specialized Care (Special Education) - Range 8 starting at $17.04 per hour

4. Health Technicians - Range 10 starting at $18.88 per hour for Non-LVN; Range 12 starting at $20.88 per hour for LVN