Hello San Diego Unified Families and Colleagues,
We hope you and your family had an enjoyable Spring Break and look forward to seeing our students and staff back healthy on Monday morning.
All students and staff are encouraged to use their iHealth Rapid Antigen Test Kit to self-test for COVID-19 tomorrow morning before coming to campus. Testing and uploading results is not mandatory for returning to campus, however testing is an important tool to help prevent the spread of COVID-19. By testing before returning from Spring Break, staff and families can ensure that they are not returning to campus with a COVID infection.
As of April 4, 2022, wearing masks at schools and district offices is no longer required but is strongly recommended. As a school community, we fully support the decision of all students, families, and staff to continue wearing a mask or not. Harassment or bullying of anyone based on this personal choice will not be tolerated.
Below are some great resources for staff and families to help students understand and ease fears and anxiety they may be experiencing:
- Coping with Anxiety as Mask Mandates Lift (Michigan Health)
- How to Deal With Bullying Over Face Masks in School (Boston Children’s Hospital)
- A Social Story about Mask Change
San Diego Unified is closely monitoring the COVID-19 status in our school communities. In the event that the State or County were to revert to requiring masks at schools, the District would follow those guidelines. Similarly, if the COVID-19 risk in our area increased to a level that would necessitate requiring masks, the District would follow the best medical advice and practices recommended.
With the change in mask requirements, we realize there are many questions about what other changes there may be in district COVID-19 policies. Students and staff should continue to self-monitor for symptoms each day and stay home if not feeling well. Additionally, enhanced ventilation, proper hand hygiene, contact tracing, and case management remain intact. For more details and updates on COVID-19 policies, please refer to the SDUSD COVID-19 Information page.