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Escondido schools suspend in-person instruction until Jan. 2021

ESCONDIDO — The Escondido Union School District has temporarily suspended all in-person instruction effective Dec. 8, requiring all students to continue virtual-only instruction at home.

During the next several weeks, students will follow the district’s virtual hybrid model schedule, according to a district statement. In-person classes are expected to resume on Monday, Jan. 11, 2021.

The suspension of in-person instruction is not related to the state’s new three-week Stay Home Order.

“This decision was made out of an abundance of caution, as well as out of a commitment to providing a rigorous educational program for our students. We know this decision directly impacts our families, we know that it’s far from ideal, but this was the right decision at this time,” said Luis Rankins-Ibarra, EUSD superintendent. “The operational efficiency of our schools is essential to the safety and health of our students and staff, which has been and will continue to be my top priority.”

Once a positive case is confirmed, extensive contact tracing is conducted by EUSD staff to identify all individuals who came in close contact with the positive individual. Those individuals are directed to begin a 14-day quarantine.

So far this month, exposure to individuals who tested positive for COVID-19 on EUSD campuses has resulted in the quarantine of 193 students and 37 employees. Since Sept. 28, a total of 655 students and 151 employees have been quarantined due to potential exposure to the virus.

“Ensuring sufficient, high-quality staffing is a daily struggle in this situation,” Rankins-Ibarra said. “This includes teachers, substitute teachers, health technicians, custodians, aides, and other staff members, all of whom fill vital roles. That compromises safety for our children and employees. We can’t provide a quality in-person educational experience if we don’t have the staff.”

School offices will be staffed to receive calls and e-mails for site-specific support and technology issues.

EUSD’s Nutrition Services team will continue to distribute no-cost, to-go meals during the temporary suspension of on-campus instruction.

Food will be available according to the community feeding schedule: 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Monday through Friday at all school sites through December 18. During winter break, meal distribution will take place at Mission Middle School, and Central, Farr, Felicita, Glen View, Juniper, and Lincoln elementary schools. The distribution will be held from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. on the following dates: Dec. 21, Dec. 23, Dec. 28, Dec. 30, Jan. 4, and Jan. 6.

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