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New Requirements From The State of California Impact Secondary School Reopening

As a result of Governor Newsom’s new Safe Schools for All Plan and the accompanying revisions to the California COVID-19 and Reopening In-Person Instruction Framework & Public Health Guidance for K-12 Schools in California, 2020-2021 School Year, Vista Unified is required to postpone the return of middle and high school students to in-person learning until a plan is approved by the California Safe and Successful Schools Team that incorporates the new state requirements.

The Vista Unified team, including the Board President and Vice President, met with representatives from Governor Newsom’s Safe and Successful Schools Team on Monday, January 11, 2021 to review our school reopening plans for secondary schools. Dr. Naomi Bardach, the lead for the Safe and Successful Schools Team, informed the team that the new CDPH guidelines would include strict language regarding social distancing and the type of stable groups, with emphasis on secondary schools. Dr. Bardach communicated the expectation that middle and high schools cannot return to in-person learning until their team reviews a reopening plan that is aligned with the new CDPH requirements. Click HERE to read a letter Dr. Bardach sent to local health officers and superintendents outlining the changes made to safety guidelines.

This means that middle schools will not be able to return to Vista Classic, in-person instruction on Tuesday, January 19, 2021, nor will the high schools be able to return on Tuesday, January 26, 2021. The revised CDPH guidelines were published today and contain a number of new requirements that more clearly define social distancing and stable groups (formerly referred to as cohorts). The Vista Unified staff will review the revised guidelines and make preparations for the school board to discuss the impact of these requirements on the learning models for all grade levels and provide direction during the regularly scheduled board meeting on Thursday, January 21, 2021. One of the new requirements for schools that have already opened for in-person learning is to post on the website for each school a COVID-19 Safety Plan (CSP) by February 1, 2021. One aspect of the CSP is a COVID-19 School Guidance Checklist for each school to verify compliance with the new requirements for social distancing and stable groups.

Governor Newsom Regional Stay-At-Home Order

The Governor issued a regional stay-at-home order on December 3, 2020 that will impact many businesses and industries in San Diego County, including the City of Vista. It is important to note that this new order does not modify existing guidance regarding K-12 schools. All schools in Vista may remain open for in-person instruction and supplemental support programs. Currently, elmentary schools are open for in-person learning, and secondary schools have moved to Vista Virtual with on-campus supplemental programs.  We are closely monitoring the situation and will continue to work closely with the San Diego County Health and Human Services Agency to keep our schools safe.

Welcome to School Reopening

The purpose of this webpage is to provide parents, students, and the community access to detailed information about the school reopening structure and procedures that we will be implementing starting on the first day of school.  

Our charge as a district during this challenging time is to fulfill two obligations. Our first obligation is to ensure the health and safety of all students, teachers, and staff. Our second obligation is to provide a high quality and engaging learning environment and experience for all students. We are confident that we can meet these obligations with the support and commitment of all parents, students, and community members. Our best plan of action is to rely on each other to be flexible and nimble in our thinking and our collective action. We are all in this together. 

We have designed the school reopening plan as a webpage in an effort to continue to build out the resources and information. Additionally, the webpage format will better position us to make strategic updates and revisions to the plan in the event that the state and county health orders change. All of our planning was closely aligned with the California Department of Education Distance Learning Guidance

School Reopening Guidebook  COVID Facts and Research 
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COVID Facts and Research
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The school board approved the recommendations from the Superintendent's Council for Innovative Learning. Details regarding the two models, Vista Classic and Vista Virtual, are listed below.

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Elementary Schools Learning Model Information

Información del Modelo de Aprendizaje para las Escuelas Primarias


Secondary Schools Learning Model Information

Información del Modelo de Aprendizaje para las Escuelas Secundarias y Preparatorias


Frequently Asked Questions

Preguntas Más Frecuentes


CDE Frequently Asked Questions webpage


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We have recommendations, designs, resources, and information for each area of our reopening plan.

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Instructional Information

Elementary Schools

Middle Schools

High Schools

English Learners

Special Education

Support Information

Health and Safety Support

Social and Emotional Support

Nutritional Support

Technology Support

Professional Development

Sports and Extracurricular Activities