The attached document outlines our school-wide plan for safe, full-time, on-campus classes to begin at the Encinitas Country Day School (ECDS) Manchester Avenue Campus on September 8th, for the 2020-21 school year. It includes provisions for a seamless shift to full-time, remote learning, when/if doing so becomes necessary for the health and safety of our students, staff and visitors.
The Governor of California has issued an Order that requires schools in California to instruct students remotely for the 2020-21 school year. The Order includes an exception for elementary schools and invites those school to apply for a waiver that is conditioned upon meeting specific criteria set forth in the Order and related documents, as well as the most current updates to those documents. ECDS has been carefully monitoring the data, the newest research that applies to schools, and the guidance issued by the CDC, State of California, Department of Social Services Community Care Licensing (DSS-CCL), County of San Diego, and our local health department in order to stay current on the concerns regarding Covid-19 and evaluate those concerns as they apply to our local situation and our ability to safely open our campus.
Although our plan envisions seventh and eighth grade students attending classes on-campus in stable groups with one teacher, with math and science instruction live-streamed into classrooms, we understand it will not be possible for those grade levels to be on-campus without extending the waiver from the local health department to include those grade levels. At this time, there is a general order against on-campus classes for grades seven and above. Therefore our seventh and eighth grade classes will begin remote learning on September 8th unless the County of San Diego Covid-19 monitoring criteria stays below specific threshold levels for fourteen days, beginning two weeks prior. As of today, there is some hope that the criteria will be met, but it is not something we can count on.