Next Phases of SDUSD Reopening Plan Announced.

New details about the next phases of reopening schools have been released, outlining which student groups will be the next to return to the classroom. Additional information  on the timing of the steps will be made on Tuesday, Oct. 27, following the release of the next San Diego County COVID-19 Weekly Surveillance Report. 


Elementary school teachers returned to campus to provide appointment-based, in-person instruction for students with the greatest needs on Oct. 13 under Phase 1 of reopening. The district expects to expand Phase 1 to provide appointment-based, in-person instruction for secondary students grades 6-12 and children in the infant/toddler and early-learning programs.


In outlining details of the future reopening phases, the district announced Phase 2 will open in-person learning to all elementary students and staff under a split schedule designed to facilitate social distancing. Details on all four phases of reopening follow.


Expansion of Phase 1 

  • Expansion of Phase 1 appointment-based program for secondary students grades 6-12 and educators.

  • Expansion of Phase 1 appointment-based program for infant/toddler and early-learning programs and educators.

Phase 2

  • Elementary (PreK to 5th grade) students would return to campus four days a week. Students would be split into two cohorts for either an a.m. session or p.m. session in order to safely rotate students into classrooms. Elementary students would receive in-person instruction Monday through Thursday. Fridays would be set aside for “live” online check-ins and independent asynchronous learning.

  • Secondary (6th to 12th grade) students would return to campus two days a week. Students would be split into two cohorts, with Cohort 1 attending on Mondays and Tuesdays and Cohort 2 attending on Wednesdays and Thursdays. Fridays would be dedicated to on-line learning for all students. Secondary students would follow a similar bell schedule with morning minutes dedicated to class period instruction and afternoon minutes would be dedicated to flex time for asynchronous learning or appointment-based services.

Phase 3

  • Elementary (Prek to 5th grade) students would attend classes on site four days a week Monday through Thursday. Fridays would be set aside for “live” online check-ins and independent asynchronous learning.

  • Secondary (6th-12th grade) students would attend classes on site four days a week, Monday through Thursday. Fridays would be set aside for online learning. Morning minutes would continue to be dedicated to class-period instruction and afternoon minutes would be dedicated to flex time.

Phase 4

  • Elementary (PreK to 5th grade) students would attend five days a week with one modified day. 

  • Secondary (6th to 12th grade) students would attend five days a week. Morning minutes would continue to be dedicated to class-period instruction and afternoon minutes would be dedicated to flex time.

The district has identified health and sanitation procedures for Phases 2-4 for students, employees and families that are based on guidelines from the state, county, and UCSD.


“San Diego Unified’s reopening plans include strict measures that are designed to prevent the spread of COVID-19 in our schools and to our community,” said district physician Dr. Howard Taras, on faculty at the Department of Pediatrics at UCSD. “We continue to rely on the expertise and collaboration of my UCSD colleagues and public health officials.”


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