District Policy

current district policy and guidance

In accordance with guidance from the CDC, San Diego County Health and Human Services Agency, and California Department of Public Health, San Diego Unified will update these policies regularly.

Check back daily for new updates. Updated March 13, 2020 15:00

Current Understanding of Virus

  • Symptoms most commonly include: fever with cough or shortness of breath; Some people have fewer or no symptoms at all. Headache, sore throat, and runny nose also occur with this virus.

  • Children may also present with no fever, mild diarrhea and vomiting. They have fewer symptoms and problems.

  • Spread is most likely from droplets (cough and sneezing)

  • The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) considers this a serious public health threat, but with health risk from this virus to be low at this time.

  • It is not yet known whether people carrying the virus, but have no symptoms, can spread the virus to others.

  • Symptoms of COVID-19 may appear in as few as 2 days, or as long as 14 days, after exposure.

  • Most people with this infection will recover on their own. There is no specific treatment for novel coronavirus infection yet.

  • For patients who are more severely ill, hospitals can provide supportive care.

What are Schools Doing?

Schools will be closed from March 16 until April 6, 2020.

Current District Policy

Schools are closed. Before they reopen, the district's policy on exclusion for symptoms, travel, and known contacts will appear here.

Basic Prevention of Virus Spread

  • Make sure all family members are up-to-date with their flu shots.

  • Promote basic hygiene:

    • Any coughing or sneezing should be directed into one's sleeve (inside elbow) or inside shirt, rather than into hands or the air.

    • Wash hands after using and handling used tissues, after blowing nose, before/after eating, and after toilet use.

    • Wash for 20 seconds with soap, rub between fingers and under nails; and then rinse and dry. Use alcohol (60%+) hand gel if sinks are not readily available.

    • Avoid rubbing your own eyes, nose and mouth.

    • Schools should encourage hand washing (by students and staff) through education, scheduled time for handwashing, and the provision of adequate supplies

    • Do not share utensils, cups etc.

    • Stay home when sick.

    • Avoid contact with those who are sick.

  • Wearing of masks in public is not recommended for Americans by the CDC nor by our local public health department. It will be discouraged in schools. Handwashing is considered the best protection from infectious diseases.

School District Plans if Coronavirus Begins Spreading Locally

School district health team and administration already work collaboratively with the San Diego County Health and Human Services Department (our public health department). School district will follow all directives to reduce exposure in school.


Many students may travel with their families during the Spring Break. The following website should be checked before traveling: https://wwwnc.cdc.gov/travel/notices