COVID-19 Information

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March 27, 2020

As you were previously notified, all school sites continue to be closed until further notice.

Please read our message below regarding distance learning and teacher preparation.

Dear Sweetwater Union High School Students and Parents/Guardians,

Despite the uncertainty that students, parents and community members are currently facing in light of the COVID-19 pandemic, please rest assured that your health, well-being, and safety are our highest priority. We were committed over the past two weeks to continue providing meals for students at our designated food distribution centers. Please see our district webpage for locations and updates (http://www.sweetwaterschools.org) for next week.

The Sweetwater Union High School District (SUHSD) acknowledges that parents and students have concerns about the remainder of the school year. We can assure you that we are working around the clock to provide students with the necessary tools to continue their course work. As we prepare to academically re-engage with students after spring break that ends April 3, the SUHSD has been working with teachers and counselors to ensure that learning continues for the rest of the school year. At this time, we are planning for two weeks of teacher and counselor preparation to transition to distance learning for students in mid-April. You will be notified with specific instructions when this happens. While teachers and counselors are getting trained from April 6 through April 17, we are encouraging students to take advantage of the enrichment activities that can be found on our district webpage beginning on April 6.

Please know that the California Department of Education developed guidelines for Distance Learning. Distance learning means that you would not be taught in the typical teacher-classroom setting, rather students and teachers interact from different locations. We know that the transition from in-person/classroom learning to distance learning may be challenging, so we will ensure there are a variety of supports in place for students and parents.

We are working hard on making sure to provide access for each student as we develop and refine our distance learning program. The goal of this plan is to continue, and not interrupt, your middle or high school education. Distance learning will be delivered in digital (computer-based) or non-digital (paper) depending on your access; we are currently developing the best format that will meet your academic needs. Another update will be sent on April 3, 2020. During these unprecedented times, we believe the best way forward is to work together with you, teachers and counselors to make sure the process for educating each student continues. We will follow the guidelines provided by the California Department of Education and the San Diego County Office of Education as we finalize our plans, keeping you updated along the way.

The first step, to ensure we have the best information, is for you to complete a survey. Parents/Guardians, please sit with your student to complete this survey to inform us of your needs for technology and WIFI access: https://bit.ly/DLstudentsurvey It’s important we hear back from each and every student; we ask that each student in your household complete a survey.

Again, we appreciate your patience and understanding as we address everything needed to get us through this uncharted territory. We continue to engage with public health experts, the California Department of Education and the San Diego County office of Education about best practices related to COVID-19 readiness and response, and also next steps we may need to take. We are working diligently to keep up with this information and to inform you as quickly as possible about any changes caused by evolving events. We definitely need your help and support going forward.

With appreciation,

Karen Janney, Ed. D.

Superintendent


March 20, 2020

Dear Sweetwater Staff, Students, Families and Community,

In this time of great uncertainty, our first priority is the health and welfare of our students, families, staff, and community. This is an unprecedented situation that doesn’t come with an instruction manual. Here in Sweetwater we are working together to figure it out as new information becomes available.

The last few days has continued to be challenging. As you are all aware, last night Governor Gavin Newsom issued an order for Californians to stay at home except for essential needs. This order is in place until further notice. You can read more about the order here: https://covid19.ca.gov/stay-home-except-for-essential-needs/

In a unified effort to protect the health of students, staff and school communities, the Sweetwater Union School District and other school districts countywide, in collaboration with the County Department of Public Health, made the collective decision to remain closed until further notice.

The Governor’s order acknowledges the essential role of school districts. We are committed to carrying out essential services such as preparing and distributing meals to students and any function associated with keeping the continuity of learning moving forward.

As of now, here is the latest information we have received about testing and Advanced Placement (AP) exams:

  • The Federal government has suspended all national testing requirements for this school year, therefore the English Language Proficiency Assessment for California (ELPAC) and the California Assessment of Student Performance and Progress (CAASPP) in English Language Arts, Mathematics, and Science are cancelled.
  • The Advanced Placement exams are planning on continuing with modified exams that students can take in their homes. The details of that announcement can be found on the AP Central website:https://apcentral.collegeboard.org/about-ap/news-changes/coronavirus-update. The organization that administers International Baccalaureate Exams, which are given at Bonita Vista High and Castle Park High, has not yet announced its plan. They promise to provide an update by March 27 here: https://www.ibo.org/news/news-about-the-ib/covid-19-coronavirus-updates/.

We have been working closely with our employee groups to define what this all means as we go forward and we will continue to update you with any and all news in as timely a manner as we can. We have also been listening to the concerns and ideas from students and parents. In the meantime, we want to thank you for supporting us over the last few days. Our staff will continue working hard to feed thousands of students, we will continue to communicate with students, staff and parents and reassure you that things will be okay, that our facilities will be clean, and ensure that our campuses are safe and secure.

Please continue to monitor the district website at: www.sweetwaterschools.org

Meals will be served to families on Monday, March 23, 2020 and Tuesday, March 31, 2020 at six (6) locations – Chula Vista Middle, Montgomery Middle, National City Middle, Southwest Middle, Hilltop High, and Southwest High. Specific information on meal services for the next two weeks can be found here.

There is no doubt that we are in uncharted territory, but of this we are certain: we will get through this, stronger and more resilient than ever. We thank each of you for every creative, innovative, and compassionate effort made as we work together to continue addressing the COVID-19 pandemic.

Take care of yourselves and take care of your loved ones.

With much appreciation,

Karen Janney, Ed.D.

Superintendent


Estimado personal de Sweetwater, estudiantes, familias y comunidad,

En este momento de gran incertidumbre, nuestra primera prioridad es la salud y el bienestar de nuestros estudiantes, familias, personal y comunidad. Esta es una situación sin precedentes que no viene con un manual de instrucciones. Aquí en Sweetwater estamos trabajando juntos para resolverlo a medida que haya nueva información disponible.

Los últimos días han seguido siendo desafiantes. Como todos saben, anoche el gobernador Gavin Newsom emitió una orden para que los californianos se queden en sus casas, excepto por necesidades esenciales. Esta orden está vigente hasta nuevo aviso. Puede leer más sobre el pedido aquí: https://covid19.ca.gov/stay-home-except-for-essential-needs/

En un esfuerzo unificado para proteger la salud de los estudiantes, el personal y las comunidades escolares, el Distrito Escolar de Sweetwater y otros distritos escolares de todo el condado, en colaboración con el Departamento de Salud Pública del Condado, tomaron la decisión colectiva de permanecer cerrados hasta nuevo aviso.

La orden del Gobernador reconoce el papel esencial de los distritos escolares. Estamos comprometidos a llevar a cabo servicios esenciales como preparar y distribuir comidas a los estudiantes y cualquier función asociada con el mantenimiento de la continuidad del aprendizaje.

A partir de ahora, aquí está la información más reciente que hemos recibido sobre las pruebas estatales y los exámenes de Colocación Avanzada (AP):

  • El gobierno federal ha suspendido todos los requisitos de exámenes nacionales para este año escolar, por lo tanto, la Evaluación de dominio del idioma inglés para California (ELPAC) y la Evaluación de rendimiento y progreso del estudiante de California (CAASPP) en artes del lenguaje inglés, matemáticas y ciencias se cancelan.
  • Los exámenes de Colocación Avanzada están planeando continuar con exámenes modificados que los estudiantes pueden tomar en sus hogares. Los detalles de ese anuncio se pueden encontrar en el sitio web de AP Central: https://apcentral.collegeboard.org/about-ap/news-changes/coronavirus-update. La organización que administra los exámenes de Bachillerato Internacional, que se realizan en Bonita Vista High y Castle Park High, aún no ha anunciado su plan. Prometen proporcionar una actualización antes del 27 de marzo aquí: https://www.ibo.org/news/news-about-the-ib/covid-19-coronavirus-updates/

Hemos estado trabajando estrechamente con nuestros grupos de empleados para definir qué significa todo esto a medida que avanzamos y continuaremos actualizándolo con todas y cada una de las noticias de la manera más oportuna posible. También hemos estado escuchando las preocupaciones e ideas de estudiantes y padres. Mientras tanto, queremos agradecerle por apoyarnos en los últimos días. Nuestro personal continuará trabajando arduamente para alimentar a miles de estudiantes, continuaremos comunicándonos con los estudiantes, el personal y los padres y les aseguraremos que todo estará bien, que nuestras instalaciones estarán limpias y nos aseguraremos de que nuestros campus estén seguros y protegidos.

Continúe monitoreando el sitio web del distrito en: www.sweetwaterschools.org

Las comidas se servirán a las familias el lunes 23 de marzo de 2020 y el martes 31 de marzo de 2020 en seis (6) ubicaciones: Chula Vista Middle, Montgomery Middle, National City Middle, Southwest Middle, Hilltop High y Southwest High. Puede encontrar información específica sobre los servicios de comidas para las próximas dos semanas aquí.

No hay duda de que estamos en un territorio desconocido, pero de esto estamos seguros: lo superaremos, más fuertes y resistentes que nunca. Agradecemos a cada uno de ustedes por cada esfuerzo creativo, innovador y compasivo realizado mientras trabajamos juntos para continuar abordando la pandemia de COVID-19.

Cuídense y cuiden a sus seres queridos.

Con mucho aprecio

Karen Janney, Ed.D.

Superintendente

March 18, 2020

Good morning SUHSD Community,

This is a very unique and unprecedented time and we want to thank you all for your efforts and cooperation as we continue to work through this situation. We wanted to provide you with a few updates on a couple of topics.

School Site and District Office Closures

Beginning Wednesday, March 18 through Friday, March 20, 2020, all of our school sites will be closed with minimal site staff. Additionally, many District Office departments will be minimally staffed, however the two entrances at 1130 Fifth Ave. will be open through Friday at 4:30 p.m.

Meal distribution at the current sites will continue through Friday, March 20, 2020. For information on those locations, visit: http://www.sweetwaterschools.org/suhsd-school-closure-feeding-locations-meals-will-be-served-from-11am-1pm/

As of Monday, March 23, 2020, during our scheduled Spring Break, the District Office and school sites will be closed to the public.

Instruction

We thank you all for supporting your students through this time. Please note that the expectation is that teachers will not assign mandatory assignments for students to complete during March 16th – April 3rd. As we move forward, and receive further guidance, we are looking into ways to ensure equity and access to instruction and instructional resources for all students in case of prolonged school closure.

We will continue to provide updates as we move forward and we thank you for making adjustments as we continue to receive more information and more precise guidance from public health authorities, the California Department of Education, the San Diego County Office of Education, and our own Sweetwater District.

Once again, we may need to make additional changes and, therefore, ask that you continue to monitor your email and visit the SUHSD COVID-19 information website


Buenos días comunidad SUHSD,

Este es un momento único y sin precedentes queremos agradecerles a todos por sus esfuerzos y cooperación mientras continuamos trabajando en esta situación. Queríamos brindarle algunas actualizaciones sobre un par de temas.

Sitios escolares y cierres de oficinas del distrito

Desde el miércoles 18 de marzo hasta el viernes 20 de marzo de 2020, todos nuestros sitios escolares estarán cerrados con un personal mínimo. Además, muchos departamentos de la Oficina del Distrito tendrán un personal mínimo, sin embargo, las dos entradas en 1130 5ª Ave. estará abierto hasta el viernes a las 4:30 p.m.

La distribución de comidas en los sitios actuales continuará hasta el viernes 20 de marzo de 2020. Para obtener información sobre esos lugares, visite: http://www.sweetwaterschools.org/suhsd-school-closure-feeding-locations-meals-will-be-served-from-11am-1pm/

A partir del lunes 23 de marzo de 2020, durante nuestras vacaciones de primavera programadas, la Oficina del Distrito y los sitios escolares estarán cerrados al público.

Instrucción

Les agradecemos a todos por apoyar a sus estudiantes durante este tiempo. Tenga en cuenta que la expectativa es que los maestros no asignarán tareas obligatorias para que los estudiantes completen del 16 de marzo al 3 de abril. A medida que avanzamos y recibimos más orientación, estamos buscando formas de garantizar la equidad y el acceso a la instrucción y los recursos de instrucción para todos los estudiantes en caso de cierre prolongado de la escuela.

Continuaremos brindando actualizaciones a medida que avanzamos y le agradecemos por hacer ajustes a medida que continuamos recibiendo más información y orientación más precisa de las autoridades de salud pública, el Departamento de Educación de California, la Oficina de Educación del Condado de San Diego y nuestro Distrito de Sweetwater.

Una vez más, es posible que necesitemos hacer cambios adicionales y, por lo tanto, solicitar que continúe monitoreando su correo electrónico y visite el sitio web de información SUHSD COVID-19.

March 17, 2020

Beginning Wednesday, March 18 through Friday, March 20, 2020, all of our school sites will be closed with minimal site staff.  Additionally many District Office departments will be minimally staffed, however the two entrances at 1130 Fifth Ave. will be open through Friday at 4:30 p.m.

As of Monday, March 23, 2020, during our scheduled Spring Break, the District Office and school sites will be closed to the public. Thank you for your understanding and support.

We will continue to provide updates as we move forward and we thank you for making adjustments as we continue to receive more information and more precise guidance from public health authorities, the California Department of Education, the San Diego County Office of Education, and our own Sweetwater District. Once again, we may need to make additional changes and, therefore, ask that you be attentive to your district email and visit SUHSD COVID-19 information website

March 13, 2020

Dear SUHSD Community,

As you know, current events involving COVID-19 are developing rapidly in our country and our region. In consultation with County Public Health and superintendents from school districts across San Diego County, all public schools will close beginning Monday, March 16, 2020. In the South County, the Chula Vista Elementary School District, National School District, San Ysidro School District, South Bay Union School District and Sweetwater Union High School District will each close schools through Friday, April 3, 2020. At this time, classes are scheduled to resume April 6, 2020. This cancellation includes all school and district events, including athletics.

Students should stay home and minimize social contact as much as possible to keep all family members safe. South County districts are exploring with our cities, the County of San Diego, and community organizations, what it can do to support students and families while schools are closed during the week before Spring Break, as well as the break.

This decision was made with the best interests of students and staff in mind. Instead of doing reactive, school by school closures, we’re going to focus the next three weeks on how we can provide essential support for our community in this new reality. It is likely we will be seeing many more cases of COVID-19 in the coming weeks and months and this will require a measured, sustained response.

Key district and site staff will be working to monitor the situation, continue operational planning, and to support students in essential areas as needed. Community and family services will continue to be available. For more information on this, please contact our Student Support Services Department at (619) 691-5564.

Given the many uncertainties of this situation, district leadership and staff are making every effort to minimize the impacts on long-term student learning.

This is a difficult decision, but necessary, as our nation tries to slow the spread and transmission of COVID-19. Please continue to look for updates from us and we ask that you continue to monitor the district website at www.sweetwaterschools.org.


Estimados miembros de la comunidad del distrito SUHSD:

Como ya es de su conocimiento, los acontecimientos actuales relacionados al COVID-19 evolucionan rápidamente en nuestro país y en nuestra región. En consulta con el Departamento de Salud Pública del Condado y los superintendentes de los distritos escolares del condado de San Diego, todas las escuelas públicas cerrarán a partir del lunes 16 de marzo de 2020. En los siguientes distritos escolares: South County, Chula Vista Elementary School District, National School District, San Ysidro School District, South Bay Union School District y Sweetwater Union High School District, respectivamente, las escuelas permanecerán cerradas hasta el viernes 3 de abril de 2020. Hasta el momento, está programado que las clases reanuden el 6 de abril de 2020. Dicha disposición de cancelación incluye todos los eventos escolares y del distrito, incluyendo actividades deportivas.

Los alumnos deben permanecer en casa y limitar al mínimo el contacto social hasta donde sea posible con el fin de proteger a todos los miembros de la familia. Los distritos del sur del condado (South County), en colaboración con los funcionarios de los municipios correspondientes, el Condado de San Diego, y las organizaciones de la comunidad, están explorando que se puede hacer para apoyar a los alumnos y a las familias mientras las escuelas permanecen cerradas durante la semana previa a las vacaciones de primavera, así como también durante las vacaciones de primavera.

Dicha decisión se tomó teniendo presente los mejores intereses del alumnado, y del personal. En lugar de ir cerrando escuelas individualmente de manera reactiva, nos centraremos durante las próximas tres semanas en cómo podemos proveer apoyo esencial a nuestra comunidad en esta nueva realidad. Es probable que veamos muchos más casos de COVID-19 en las próximas semanas y meses, lo cual requerirá una respuesta medida y constante.

El personal clave del distrito y del plantel trabajará para monitorear la situación, para seguir la planificación operativa y apoyar a los alumnos en áreas esenciales conforme sea necesario. Los servicios comunitarios y familiares seguirán estando disponibles. Para obtener más información al respecto, favor de comunicarse con el personal del Departamento de Servicios de Apoyo Estudiantil de SUHSD al teléfono (619) 691-5564.

Debido a la infinidad de incertidumbres de la situación, el equipo administrativo y el personal del distrito están haciendo todo lo posible para minimizar los efectos adversos a largo plazo en el aprendizaje del alumno.

A medida que avanzamos, esperamos que toda la comunidad sigamos haciendo lo que nos corresponde para limitar la propagación y transmisión de COVID-19. Solicitamos de la manera más atenta que continúen consultando y monitoreando la página de internet del distrito para obtener nuestra información más reciente en: www.sweetwaterschools.org.

 


March 13, 2020

Good morning Sweetwater Community,

After careful consideration, and based on guidance from the State of California, the California Department of Education, and the San Diego County Office of Education, the Sweetwater Union High School District, along with all other public school districts in San Diego County, will be closing all schools and cancelling all school-related activities as of Monday, March 16, 2020 through Friday, April 3, 2020.

Please note that today, schools will be operating as scheduled and it will be business as usual. Joint information will be coming from all of the districts in South County in the coming hours and over the next several days.


Buenos días Comunidad de Sweetwater,

Después de una cuidadosa consideración, y con base en la orientación del Estado de California, el Departamento de Educación de California y la Oficina de Educación del Condado de San Diego, el Distrito de escolar de Sweetwater, junto con todos los demás distritos escolares públicos en el Condado de San Diego, serán cerrar todas las escuelas y cancelar todas las actividades relacionadas con la escuela desde el lunes 16 de marzo de 2020 hasta el viernes 3 de abril de 2020.

Tenga en cuenta que hoy, las escuelas funcionarán según lo programado y seguirán funcionando como de costumbre. La información conjunta vendrá de todos los distritos del sur del condado en las próximas horas y en los próximos días.

March 12, 2020

Good morning SUHSD Community,

Taking into consideration guidance provided by Governor Gavin Newsom today, district and school site officials continue to meet to discuss the rapidly evolving situation related to COVID-19.

As of today, the Sweetwater Union High School District will be canceling the following events for the remainder of this week (Thursday March 12, Friday March 13, and Saturday March 14):

  • School field trips – both local and out of town
  • District events such as:
    • Visual and Performing Arts events
    • National Math and Science Institute (NMSI) events
    • Robotics events
    • Professional development events
    • School assemblies
    • Large group parent meetings
  • *Please note that athletic events have not been canceled, but state and local CIF officials are considering all possible scenarios. More information will be coming later today.

A decision about events occurring after this weekend will be made, and communicated, to our community in the very near future.

School will continue to be in session, and as we communicated yesterday, any decision to close schools in San Diego County will be done under the advice of the San Diego County Health and Human Services Agency and the San Diego County Office of Education.

Please continue to monitor the Sweetwater Union High School District Website regularly at http://www.sweetwaterschools.org/covid-19-information . Thank you for your continued support and efforts with ensuring the health and wellbeing of our students, staff, and community.


Buenos días miembros de la comunidad del distrito SUHSD:

Teniendo en cuenta la guía proporcionada el día de hoy por el gobernador Gavin Newsom, los funcionarios del distrito y de los planteles escolares siguen reuniéndose para tratar la situación, que evoluciona rápidamente, relacionada con el COVID- 19.

A partir de hoy, el distrito Sweetwater Union High School District cancelará los siguientes eventos durante el resto de la semana (jueves 12 de marzo, viernes 13 de marzo y sábado 14 de marzo):

  • Excursiones escolares, tanto locales como fuera de la ciudad.
  • Eventos del distrito tales como:
    • Eventos del programa de Bellas Artes (VAPA*).
    • Eventos del Instituto Nacional de Matemáticas y Ciencias (NMSI*).
    • Eventos de Robótica.
    • Eventos de desarrollo profesional.
    • Asambleas escolares.
    • Juntas de padres de familia en grupos grandes.
  • **Favor de tener presente que los eventos deportivos no se han cancelado, no obstante, los funcionarios estatales y locales de la CIF están considerando todas las alternativas posibles. Se proporcionará más información posteriormente el día de hoy.

Se tomará una decisión sobre los eventos programados para después de este fin de semana y se les informará a la mayor brevedad posible.

No se han suspendido las clases, y al igual que les informamos ayer, la decisión de cerrar las escuelas en el condado de San Diego se tomará de acuerdo a la recomendación de la Agencia de Salud y Servicios Humanos del Condado de San Diego y la Oficina de Educación del Condado de San Diego.

Por favor continúe monitoreando regularmente la página de internet del distrito Sweetwater Union High School District en http://www.sweetwaterschools.org/covid-19-information . Gracias por su apoyo y colaboración constante para garantizar la salud y el bienestar de nuestros alumnos, miembros del personal, y de la comunidad.

(*Por sus siglas en inglés.)

March 11, 2020

COVID-19 Communication 

Like all K-12 districts in California and across the nation, the Sweetwater Union High School District continues to closely monitor the rapidly changing status of COVID-19.

Our efforts have included keeping up to date with several closures of local colleges and universities such as UCSD, SDSU, and Southwestern College. However, Sweetwater and other local school district have remained open and instruction is continuing as planned.

Our schools follow the advice of local and state health officials, specifically the San Diego Health and Human Services Agency. Although district superintendents have the authority to declare a school or district emergency, during a public health emergency, San Diego County Health and Human Services Agency is the county’s lead agency. At this time, they have not recommended school closures or event cancellations. Should that change, we will follow their recommendation along with the advice and input from the San Diego County Office of Education.

Over the next few days and weeks, we will continue to make adjustments and decisions about school related events and activities. Until then, please be assured that we are in constant contact with local authorities about COVID-19 and we will continue to seek and follow guidance of our County Health and Human Services Agency and the San Diego County Office of Education.

For information about COVID-19, please go to the Sweetwater District website at http://www.sweetwaterschools.org/covid-19-information/ that includes links to all official sources and our latest communications, including other Frequently Asked Questions.

Thank you for your continued support and commitment to the health and wellbeing of our students, staff, and community.


Comunicación COVID-19

Al igual que todos los distritos K-12 en California y en todo el país, el Distrito escolar de Sweetwater continúa monitoreando de cerca el estado rápidamente cambiante de COVID-19.

Nuestros esfuerzos han incluido mantenerse al día con varios cierres de colegios y universidades locales como UCSD, SDSU y Southwestern College. Sin embargo, Sweetwater y otros distritos escolares locales han permanecido abiertos y la instrucción continúa según lo planeado.

Nuestras escuelas siguen los consejos de los funcionarios de salud locales y estatales, específicamente la Agencia de Salud y Servicios Humanos de San Diego. Aunque los superintendentes del distrito tienen la autoridad de declarar una emergencia escolar o del distrito, durante una emergencia de salud pública, la Agencia de Salud y Servicios Humanos del Condado de San Diego es la agencia principal del condado. En este momento, no han recomendado el cierre de escuelas o cancelaciones de eventos. En caso de que eso cambie, seguiremos sus recomendaciones junto con los consejos y aportes de la Oficina de Educación del Condado de San Diego.

Durante los próximos días y semanas, continuaremos haciendo ajustes y decisiones sobre eventos y actividades relacionados con las escuelas y el distrito. Tenga la seguridad de que estamos en contacto constante con las autoridades locales sobre COVID-19 y que continuaremos buscando y siguiendo la guía de nuestra Agencia de Salud y Servicios Humanos del Condado y la Oficina de Educación del Condado de San Diego.

Para obtener información sobre COVID-19, visite el sitio web del Distrito de Sweetwater en http://www.sweetwaterschools.org/covid-19-information/ que incluye enlaces a todas las fuentes oficiales y nuestras últimas comunicaciones, incluidas otras preguntas frecuentes.

Gracias por su continuo apoyo y compromiso con la salud y el bienestar de nuestros estudiantes, personal y comunidad.

March 09, 2020

COVID-19 Statement

We know that the increased attention to COVID-19 over the past couple of weeks has also raised a number of questions and concerns in our own community.

As of today, there are no confirmed cases of COVID-19 within the Sweetwater District community, and one case that is pending positive confirmation within all of San Diego County. However, this does not mean that we are not actively creating and implementing plans and strategies to address this growing concern.

We have launched an informational page on the district website, and we have begun sending updates to parents and staff with the latest information known to us. We continue to monitor and share the most recent and vetted information from the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), the San Diego County Health and Human Services Agency, and the San Diego County Office of Education.

As a direct response, the district has convened an Operations Team where we are addressing a number of topics that impact student and staff health, physical operations, facilities, safety and security, communications, and teaching and learning. This team is working with staff from across the district and was also recently invited to a county-wide planning group with several partner agencies to ensure any swift actions are taken should the need arise.

There are a few actions that we have taken in direct response to travel concerns. First, because of US State Department travel guidelines, we did have one student group who was scheduled to go to Europe over Spring Break. We have worked with that school and their travel agency to delay that trip until clearance is given. Second, since almost the start of the semester, we have ceased several of our exchange programs where students are coming from, and going to, affected parts of the world.

Finally, as has been stated by others, we ask our community to continue to be vigilant about hygiene practices such as hand washing and staying home if they feel ill. By working together, we can ensure that we remain a healthy community. For more information and resources, please continue to visit the district website. Thank you.


Declaración COVID-19

Sabemos que la mayor atención a COVID-19 en las últimas semanas también ha generado una serie de preguntas y preocupaciones en nuestra propia comunidad.

Hasta el día de hoy, no hay casos confirmados de COVID-19 dentro de la comunidad del Distrito de Sweetwater, y un caso que está pendiente de confirmación positiva en todo el Condado de San Diego. Sin embargo, esto no significa que no estamos creando e implementando activamente planes y estrategias para abordar esta creciente preocupación.

Hemos lanzado una página informativa en el sitio web del distrito y hemos comenzado a enviar actualizaciones a los padres y al personal con la información más reciente que conocemos. Continuamos monitoreando y compartiendo la información más reciente y examinada de los Centros para el Control de Enfermedades (CDC), la Agencia de Salud y Servicios Humanos del Condado de San Diego y la Oficina de Educación del Condado de San Diego.

Como respuesta directa, el distrito ha convocado un Equipo de Operaciones donde estamos abordando una serie de temas que afectan la salud de los estudiantes y el personal, las operaciones físicas, las instalaciones, la seguridad, las comunicaciones, y la enseñanza y el aprendizaje. Este equipo está trabajando con personal de todo el distrito y también fue invitado recientemente a un grupo de planificación de todo el condado con varias agencias asociadas para garantizar que se tomen medidas rápidas en caso de que sea necesario.

Hay algunas acciones que hemos tomado en respuesta directa a las preocupaciones de viaje. Primero, debido a las pautas de viaje del Departamento de Estado de EE. UU. Tuvimos un grupo de estudiantes que estaba programado para ir a Europa durante las vacaciones de primavera. Hemos trabajado con esa escuela y su agencia de viajes para retrasar ese viaje hasta que se otorgue la autorización. En segundo lugar, desde casi el inicio del semestre, hemos dejado de varios de nuestros programas de intercambio de donde los estudiantes vienen y van a partes afectadas del mundo.

Finalmente, como han dicho otros, le pedimos a nuestra comunidad que continúe vigilando las prácticas de higiene como lavarse las manos y quedarse en casa si se sienten enfermos. Al trabajar juntos, podemos asegurarnos de seguir siendo una comunidad saludable. Para obtener más información y recursos, continúe visitando el sitio web del distrito. Gracias.

March 05, 2020

COVID 19 Update – March 5, 2020

As we continue to monitor the unfolding situation re: COVID-19, we wanted to share a few more Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) that we have been hearing. Those are attached for your information and can also be viewed on our website at: http://www.sweetwaterschools.org/coronavirus-answers-to-common-questions/

In addition, we have been in contact with officials from the San Diego County Health and Human Services Agency (HHS) and the City of Chula Vista regarding a situation involving a retail store in Chula Vista. The following statement from the City of Chula Vista is a clear summary of the situation:

“On March 4, 2020, the City of Chula Vista was informed by County of San Diego health officials that an individual recently tested presumptive positive for COVID-19 and had close, yet minimal, contact with persons within the city of Chula Vista. The individual is a resident of another CA county and had recently traveled to a high-risk region as defined by the U.S. Center for Disease Control (CDC). County health officials have made contact with those persons believed to have been in close contact with the individual. Although County health officials indicate the risk to other persons is low, County officials advised all involved persons to follow CDC guidance to self-quarantine. These persons will continue to be monitored for 14-days. The City of Chula Vista is providing this information out of an abundance of caution. The City of Chula Vista believes the current risk to our community is low and will continue to coordinate with the County of San Diego to monitor the on-going situation. For questions or more information about COVID-19, please visit the County of San Diego Public Health Services webpage (https://www.sandiegocounty.gov/hhsa/programs/phs/) or call 2-1-1.”

We have been advised by County HHS that there are no direct connections to any students, parents, or staff within the Sweetwater District. Anyone that is potentially at risk was contacted directly by County HHS and that the risk of anyone who might have been in the area, or visited the store, is low.

A page on the district website has been established where we will share new and important information as we receive it – http://www.sweetwaterschools.org/covid-19-information/


February 29, 2020

Dear Parents and Guardians:

Like most of you, the Sweetwater Union High School District is continuing to closely monitor the developing situation of the coronavirus (now named COVID-19). Although there are no cases in our area, as a community we want to make you aware that we are planning and preparing as a district.

As of this week, County health officials report there are only two known cases of coronavirus in San Diego County. Both individuals were on repatriation flights from Wuhan, China and are under federal quarantine at Marine Corps Air Station Miramar.

You may also be aware that the disease has spread to other countries and the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) has issued new travel warnings with increased concern for South Korea, Japan, and Italy. Travel warnings for China have not changed, and the CDC has lowered its level of concern for travel to Hong Kong and Taiwan. Additional detail about these warnings can be found on the CDC website.

The CDC also recently shared that the coronavirus almost certainly will begin spreading in communities in the United States, and Americans should begin preparations now. We are working with county school and health officials to establish protocols for schools in the event that coronavirus does spread in San Diego. Be assured, we are prepared for a range of possible contingencies, such as school closures, should this situation develop. In the event that school must be dismissed for an extended period of time, we want to assure you that we will incorporate a variety of instructional strategies to connect with the home. In all eventualities, we are committed to providing you with clear, timely communications about this fluid situation.

More information will be shared as this plan develops. In the meantime, current information about the coronavirus is available on the CDC and County of San Diego/Health and Human Services websites.

As a reminder, if your child is sick, please keep them home from school. To help prevent the spread of respiratory viruses, including the coronavirus and flu, follow these important tips:

  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. If soap and water are not available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.
  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
  • Stay home when you are sick.
  • Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash.
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces.
  • Individuals with chronic health issues and/or individuals experiencing severe symptoms should be evaluated by a medical professional.
  • Get vaccinated every year.

Additionally, the California Department of Public Health does not recommend the use of face masks for general prevention and says that handwashing provides better protection from infectious diseases. Our District is taking the following steps:

  • Monitoring the COVID-19 situation daily and working with our partners at San Diego County Health and Human Services Agency, the San Diego County Office of Education and our feeder elementary districts.
  • Following guidelines provided by the California Department of Public Health and Center for Disease Control.
  • Informing our staff, students, and families of proper hygiene.
  • Updating our emergency plans based on the information provided by these reputable agencies to prevent spread of the COVID-19 virus and to ensure procedures are in place in the unlikely case that we have a wide-spread outbreak in Chula Vista.

The Sweetwater Union High School District will continue to monitor this situation and will be posting information on our website with resources. Thank you for your continued support of the health and wellbeing of our students, staff and the entire community.


29 de febrero de 2020

Estimados padres de familia o tutores:

Al igual que la mayoría de ustedes, el distrito Sweetwater Union High School District sigue monitoreando de cerca la situación en desarrollo del coronavirus (ahora llamado COVID-19). Aunque no se han detectado casos en nuestra área, como comunidad queremos mantenerlos informados sobre nuestros planes y cómo nos estamos preparándonos como distrito.

A partir de esta semana, los funcionarios de salud del Condado informan que únicamente se ha sabido de dos casos de coronavirus en el condado de San Diego.  Ambas personas estaban en vuelos de repatriación desde Wuhan, China y permanecen bajo cuarentena federal en la Estación Aérea del Cuerpo de la Marina de Miramar.

Asimismo, posiblemente también estén conscientes de que la enfermedad se ha extendido a otros países y los Centros para el Control de Enfermedades (CDC*) han emitido nuevas advertencias de viaje con mayor preocupación por Corea del Sur, Japón e Italia. Las advertencias de viaje a China no han cambiado, y los CDC han disminuido su nivel de preocupación para viajar a Hong Kong y Taiwán. Si desean obtener más información sobre dichas advertencias, favor de consultar la página de internet de los CDC.

Los CDC también compartieron recientemente que es casi seguro que el coronavirus empezará a propagarse en las comunidades de los Estados Unidos, y que los estadounidenses deberían empezar a prepararse desde ahora. Estamos trabajando con los funcionarios escolares y de salud del condado con el fin de establecer protocolos para las escuelas en caso de que el coronavirus se propague en San Diego. Tengan la seguridad de que estamos preparados para una serie de posibles contingencias, como el cierre de escuelas, en caso de que esta situación avance. En caso de que se suspendan las clases por un período prolongado de tiempo, queremos asegurarles que incorporaremos distintas estrategias de enseñanza para conectarse con el hogar. En todo caso, nos comprometemos a proporcionarle información clara y oportuna sobre esta situación un tanto inestable.

Se compartirá más información a medida que se desarrolle el plan. Mientras tanto, la información actual sobre el coronavirus está disponible en las páginas de internet de los CDC y de Servicios Humanos y de Salud del Condado de San Diego respectivamente.

Como recordatorio, si su hijo (a) está enfermo, es necesario que permanezca en casa. Para ayudar a prevenir la propagación de virus respiratorios, inclusive del coronavirus y la gripe, sigan los siguientes consejos importantes:

  • Lavarse las manos con frecuencia con agua y jabón durante al menos 20 segundos. Si no hay agua y jabón disponibles, utilice un desinfectante para manos con base de alcohol.
  • Evitar tocarse los ojos, la nariz, y la boca sin antes lavarse las manos.
  • Evitar el contacto cercano con personas que están enfermas.
  • Quédese en casa cuando esté enfermo.
  • Cubirse la boca al toser. Estornudar utilizando un pañuelo desechable, y luego tirarlo a la basura.
  • Limpiar y desinfectar objetos y superficies que se tocan con frecuencia.
  • Las personas con problemas de salud crónicos o las personas que experimentan síntomas graves deben ser examinadas por personal médico profesional.
  • Vacunarse todos los años.

Por otra parte, el Departamento de Salud Pública de California no recomienda el uso de mascarillas para la prevención general y afirma que el lavado de manos proporciona una mejor protección contra las enfermedades infecciosas. El Distrito de Sweetwater está tomando las siguientes medidas:

  • Monitorear diariamente la situación de COVID-19 y trabajar con nuestros socios de la Agencia de Salud y Servicios Humanos del Condado de San Diego, la Oficina de Educación del Condado de San Diego y los distritos de educación primaria correspondientes.
  • Seguir las guías proporcionadas por el Departamento de Salud Pública de California y el Centro para el Control de Enfermedades.
  • Informar al personal, alumnos y a las familias sobre la higiene adecuada.
  • Actualizar nuestros planes de emergencia con base en la información proporcionada por dichas agencias acreditadas para prevenir la propagación del virus COVID-19 y asegurar que se implementen los procedimientos en el caso poco probable de que tengamos un brote generalizado en Chula Vista.

El distrito Sweetwater Union High School District seguirá monitoreando esta situación y publicará información y recursos en nuestra página de internet. Les agradecemos su apoyo constante a la salud y el bienestar de nuestros alumnos, del

personal, y de toda la comunidad.

(*Por sus siglas en inglés.)