High Tech High

COVID-19 Information Parent and Student Resources, Meal Services, and Distance Learning Information

Dear High Tech High Families,

In a previous email we outlined HTH's plan for implementing distance learning in the event we did not reopen schools on April 7th.   We have officially decided that we follow suit and will not return for in person instruction on April 7th.

When HTH teachers return on April 6th, they will spend that week designing and piloting plans for distance learning.  We will be reaching out for your thoughts and feedback as we do this work.

We will roll out our approach to distance learning the week of April 13th and you will receive detailed information from your child’s teachers about what to expect going forward.  We are asking teachers to plan for their first distance learning module from April 13th - May 8th. Our hope is that by that time, we may be able to return to school, but if that is not the case, we will begin a second module that will run until the end of the year.

More information can be found at hightechhigh.org/covid19


Estimadas HTH familias,

En un correo electrónico anterior, describimos el plan de HTH para implementar el aprendizaje a distancia en caso de que no volviéramos a abrir las escuelas el 7 de abril. Hemos decidido oficialmente que hacemos lo mismo y no volveremos para recibir instrucción en persona el 7 de abril.

Cuando los maestros de HTH regresan el 6 de abril, pasarán esa semana diseñando y poniendo a prueba planes para el aprendizaje a distancia. Nos pondremos en contacto para solicitar sus pensamientos y comentarios mientras hacemos este trabajo.

Implementaremos nuestro enfoque de la educación a distancia la semana del 13 de abril y su familia recibirá información detallada de los maestros de su hijo/a sobre qué esperar en el futuro. Estamos pidiendo a los maestros que planifiquen su primer módulo de aprendizaje a distancia para el 13 de abril al 8 de mayo. Nuestra esperanza es que para ese momento, podamos regresar a la escuela, pero si ese no es el caso, comenzaremos un segundo módulo que se ejecutará hasta el final del año escolar.

Se puede encontrar más información en hightechhigh.org/covid-19-spanish/

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:

SAT: https://pages.collegeboard.org/natural-disasters
ACT: https://www.act.org/content/act/en/covid-19.html