Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) about School Closure
Q: Why are schools in High Tech High Schools closed? (updated 3-18-2020)
A: San Diego County issued a health order on Monday stating that all public and private schools “shall not hold classes or other school activities where students gather on the school campus.”
As you know, High Tech High schools are following that directive. All decisions about reopening will be made in conjunction with local public health officials.
Q: How long will our schools be closed?
A: All High Tech High schools are closed as of March 16, 2020. At this point, we are planning for students to return to school on Tuesday, April 7th, 2020.
Q: Can athletics or other school activities take place during school closures?
A: No. All athletics, including practices and games, are cancelled while schools are closed. All other activities and performances are also cancelled while schools are closed.
Q: What is social distancing?
A: From Johns Hopkins University: “Social distancing is a public health practice that aims to prevent sick people from coming in close contact with healthy people in order to reduce opportunities for disease transmission. It can include large-scale measures like canceling group events or closing public spaces, as well as individual decisions such as avoiding crowds. With COVID-19, the goal of social distancing right now is to slow down the outbreak in order to reduce the chance of infection among high-risk populations and to reduce the burden on health care systems and workers.”
Please remind your students and about the importance of social distancing as a way to curb the potential transmission of COVID-19. We’ve heard reports of students congregating in large groups, as well as families hosting parties and other large get-togethers for kids – which undermines the public health benefits of school closures.
Here’s info from the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) about how to protect yourself.
Q: What online learning options exist for students? (update 3-18-2020)
A: Governor Newsom issued an executive order which waiver the law that prohibited certain LEAs from offering distance learning or independent study programs. If High Tech High schools are not back in session when we return from Spring Break on April 6th, on Tuesday, April 7th we will begin distance learning instruction. More information will come from your student’s school Director.
Please logon to the PowerSchool Parent Portal (www.powerschool.hightechhigh.org/public) to complete a Access to Technology Survey. This will allow us to deploy using an appropriate instructional system and ensure all students have equal access to technological resources. We need everyone to complete the survey, so please do so ASAP. We will follow-up with phone calls to make sure all families are heard.
Q: Is there meal service for students?
A: The San Diego County Office of Education has a comprehensive list of all school sites in the county offering meal service during the school closures. Foods will be portable so that families may take the food to go. Food service will be available from 11:30 am to 1:00 pm, Monday through Friday.
Q: Will the school year be extended because of the closures?
A: As of this moment, we do not anticipate having to make up any school days at the end of the school year. Based on guidance in Governor Newsom’s Executive Order on March 13, the requirement for a minimum number of school days has been suspended.
Q: Will the school district lose funding because of the closures?
A: Based on guidance in Governor Newsom’s Executive Order on March 13, as of today we do not anticipate losing funding because of school closures due to the COVID-19 situation.
Q: Will state testing be postponed? (updated 3-18-2020)
A: All state testing (CAASPP, ELPAC, Physical Fitness Test) and national tests (SAT/ACT) have been suspended for this school year.
Q: Will SAT/ACT testing be postponed? (updated 3-18-2020)
A: The March, April and May administrations have been postponed. Please visit their websites: