The Del Mar Union School District started the semester virtually two weeks ago, but received a county waiver to begin in-person learning after submitting a safety plan for on-campus instruction, Superintendent Holly McClurg said. The state cleared schools in San Diego County to offer in-person instruction starting Sept. 1, so the district proceeded as planned, and opened its eight elementary schools this week.
“We did plan for this, and having the COVID-19 count go down, and the county going off the watchlist confirmed that it was the right decision to open,” she said. “Since schools closed we have planned to reopen. It has been an enormous undertaking … because we wanted to be able to reopen the minute we were able.”
The Del Mar Union School District is among the first public districts in San Diego County to reopen for in-person learning. Rancho Santa Fe School District, with just about 600 students, received a waiver to reopen its elementary school Aug. 24, and welcomed students to its middle school last week, on Sept. 1, according to the San Diego County Office of Education.