Coronavirus Resources for Schools

SDCOE Recovery Plan Assumptions and Recommendations

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3. Conditions are unlikely to improve quickly enough to allow schools to resume normal operations in the 2019-20 school year. a. When the stay-at-home order is lifted, limits on group size may still be necessary and are likely to be stepped down in phases. b. It is unlikely that traditional graduation ceremonies and promotion assemblies will be allowed in early June. Even if permissible, convening groups large during this time frame may still be inadvisable. 4. Deaths from COVID-19 are possible while the virus is in circulation. a. While the stay-at-home order and/or restrictions on group size are in place, normal community support mechanisms will not be available to assist with grieving. b. When schools can resume operations, deaths within the school community from COVID-19 will still be possible, especially for children and adults in high-risk categories. 5. The economic impacts of the pandemic will have significant and lasting impacts on schools. a. State tax revenues will fall well below those of previous years with reductions in school funding likely. b. Job layoffs and business closures will result in higher levels of unemployment, which will contribute to enrollment decline as families move out of San Diego County to more affordable areas of the country. c. School nutrition programs will be needed by more students and will become a more significant portion of their access to food. Accommodations to provide continued access to meals for children who are ill or required to self-isolate may be necessary until COVID-19 is controlled. 6. School district enrollment will decline at a faster rate than we've seen in many areas of the country. a. Parent demand for enrollment in distance learning programs will increase as many will perceive them as a safer and more stable alternative to classroom-based instruction while COVID-19 is in circulation. i. Charter schools with well-established distance learning programs may see increased enrollment. ii. Demand for enrollment in district and charter distance learning programs will also increase each time health officials impose social controls in response to upticks and hotspots. b. The high cost of housing in the county, coupled with high rates of unemployment will lead to movement out of the county. 7. Student and employee attendance rates will decline in 2020-21. a. Students and staff with COVID-19, and those who are directly exposed, may miss two or more weeks of school. In larger households, children may be required to miss school for an extended period if the disease affects other members of their family. b. School staff will become more concerned about COVID-19 symptoms and encourage students and staff with symptoms to stay home. c. Fear and rumors will also negatively impact student and employee attendance rates.

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