COVID-19 Update, 3/12/2020
March 12, 2020
Dear Parents and Guardians:
As of today, the California Department of Public Health has issued new guidelines recommending that all non-essential large gatherings be postponed as a precaution to slow the transmission of COVID-19.
The guidance specifically states:
- Large gatherings that include 250 people or more will be postponed or canceled.
- This includes gatherings such as concerts, conferences, and professional, college, and school sporting events.
- The guidance does not apply to activities such as attendance at regular school classes, work or essential services.
Based on this recommendation from public health officials, effective immediately and until further notice, the Del Mar Union School District will be postponing all large gatherings including STEAM+ nights, field trips, jog-a-thons and 6th grade camps. We will be communicating in more detail about how these guidelines will impact our activities as soon as possible. At this time, parent-teacher conferences are expected to be held according to the current schedules. However, conferences will be held via phone rather than at the school campus. Please expect to hear from your child’s teacher and principal regarding specific details.
Because there is no evidence at this time of community transmission of COVID-19 in San Diego County, the guidance from local public health, and from the California Department of Public Health (CDPH) and California Department Education, continues to be that closing schools is premature. Although some local colleges and universities have moved to close their campuses, we will continue to follow guidance set forth by local public health experts. Our charge under state law is to stay open as long as our site remains safe for students and staff.
The district will continue to monitor the situation closely and will provide you with updated information via emails and on our district website based on guidance from local, state and federal health officials. We appreciate your understanding and support as we continue to collaborate with local health officials to ensure the health and well-being of our students, staff and community.
Holly McClurg, Ph.D.
Director of Student Services