School Update November 19, 2020

Good Afternoon Parents,

As we are getting ready for Thanksgiving break, many of our families are planning to travel or get together with friends and relatives. We understand how important these connections are for family, especially children. Maybe more than ever, we feel the need to spend time with those we love. As you reconnect with family over the holiday, please be mindful of those things that will keep you and your family safe. You may have seen the states travel advisory, while we are not enforcing this advisory we just want to be sure that your children come back to school healthy after the break.

With only four weeks of school left before Christmas vacation, our goal is to complete the first half of the year safely and successfully with on-campus learning. Let’s finish the last few weeks strong so that all our students (and parents!) can take some time off and have a break from school.

According to local health officials, COVID-19 appears to be more widespread in our community than during the first couple of months of school. As the number of positive COVID-19 cases have increased recently, San Diego County was forced to move to the highest health risk level of “purple.” This means San Diego County has moved into the most restrictive level of the State’s COVID-19 monitoring system and the daily activities of San Diego County residents will be significantly restricted for the foreseeable future. In addition, health officials expect a significant increase in COVID-19 cases in our region during the remainder of the flu season. Keeping Grace open will be a challenge for our staff, and finishing the last few weeks will require a real team effort.

The self-isolation and quarantine requirements pose the greatest challenge to keeping our classrooms open. If a student or staff becomes sick with any COVID-like symptoms (e.g., cough, fever, serious fatigue, etc.), they are required to stay home from school. If a student or staff tests positive for COVID-19, whether or not he or she feels sick, the student’s entire class, including the teacher and aides, may be required to stay home from school for fourteen days. For our Middle School, this could mean that all our 6th-8th grade students and teachers could be forced to return to remote learning for a few weeks.

To help us make it to Christmas break (and beyond), we encourage parents to do the following:
Be extra careful as you enjoy the Thanksgiving Holiday.
If your student, or anyone else in the household, experiences any signs of illness after Thanksgiving, please take the extra precaution to keep your student home from school. Our teachers will work with you to make sure your student stays on track academically.
In the event you learn that any of your family members, including your student, were in contact with someone who was sick during the break, please keep your student home from school when we return from break.
If you plan to have your student tested for COVID-19, please keep him or her home from school while waiting to be tested or waiting for results. Keep in mind, when a student tests positive for COVID-19 (whether he or she feels sick or not), the school is required to quarantine all of the students who were in close contact. By keeping your child home from school while being tested, the school may be able to avoid requiring other students to stay home from school.

As our teachers and staff work to navigate through this pandemic, you and your family have been with us every step of the way. Thank you for all your support during this time.

In Him,
Ben Elliott
Superintendent
760.747.3029 x7105