The Latest on COVID-19


San Diego County is currently in the Purple Tier, which allows nonessential businesses to operate with modifications. Schools should continue to follow guidance outlined in the COVID-19 and Reopening In-Person Instruction Framework & Public Health Guidance for K-12 Schools in California released on Jan. 14 and found in the new Safe Schools For All hub. The K-12 Schools Reopening Framework and Guidance Q&A is helpful in providing answers to the frequently asked questions. Briefly, current guidance says:

-  Schools That Have Already Re-Opened for In-Person Instruction: Schools that have already reopened for in-person instruction must, by Feb. 1, complete and post a COVID-19 Safety Plan (CSP) to their website homepage to continue operating in-person instruction. Schools that have reopened are not required to close based on the county’s tier placement or case rates. 

-  Schools That Have Not Reopened: Schools may not reopen for grades 7-12 if the county is in the Purple Tier. Subject to the limitation noted below, schools serving grades K-6 may reopen for in-person instruction in the Purple Tier if they complete and post a CSP to their website homepage and submit the CSP to their local health officer (LHO) and the State Safe Schools for All Team and there are no identified deficiencies. (Limitation: K-6 schools in counties in Purple Tier with case rate of >25: Schools serving students in grades K-6 may not reopen for in-person instruction in counties with adjusted case rate above 25 cases per 100,000 population per day. They may post and submit a CSP, but they are not permitted to resume in-person instruction until the adjusted case rate has been less than 25 per 100,000 population per day for at least five consecutive days). 
Schools of all grades can also serve students for in-person instruction under the Cohort Guidance.

-  Minimum distance requirements: 6 feet between adults, no less than 4 feet between students in classrooms

-  Facial coverings required for all students regardless of age

San Diego County continues to vaccinate eligible individuals for COVID-19. Please visit the Vaccine Information page for details on vaccines for education employees.

The San Diego County public health order is updated regularly to reflect guidance from the state on schools, and provides county-level guidelines to help prevent the spread of COVID-19. 

As schools provide instruction, districts are continuing their student meal programs. Please reach out to your district or school to find out how to access food service. Visit SDCOE's Food Service Sites page to access each school district’s food service page/information. Available charter school information is included as well. Feeding San Diego is another resource for families facing hunger. Families can receive food at Feeding San Diego distributions throughout the region. Please visit their webpage for information.

Current Understanding of the Virus

Anyone can have mild to severe symptoms. Older adults and people who have severe underlying medical conditions like heart or lung disease or diabetes seem to be at higher risk for developing more serious complications from COVID-19 illness.

Watch for symptoms: People with COVID-19 have had a wide range of symptoms reported – ranging from mild symptoms to severe illness. Symptoms may appear 2-14 days after exposure to the virus. People with these symptoms may have COVID-19:

  • Fever or chills
  • Cough
  • Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing
  • Fatigue
  • Muscle or body aches
  • Headache
  • New loss of taste or smell
  • Sore throat
  • Congestion or runny nose
  • Nausea or vomiting
  • Diarrhea

This list does not include all possible symptoms. CDC will continue to update this list as we learn more about COVID-19.

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