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Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) about School Closure

Q: Why are schools in Carlsbad Unified School District closed?
A: Out of an abundance of caution, and in consultation with local public health officials, all San Diego County
public school districts are closed in order to curb the potential transmission of the coronavirus (COVID-19).
(Updated 3/15/2020)


Q: How long will our schools be closed?
A: All Carlsbad Unified schools are closed as of March 16, 2020. Based on the public health order by the County of San Diego Health and Human Services Agency, all schools in San Diego County will be closed indefinitely.
(Updated 3/30/2020)


Q: What happened to our spring break?
A: On March 13, 2020, the Carlsbad Unified Board of Trustees held an emergency meeting to review and
discuss our district response to the unfolding COVID-19 situation. We made the decision to move our spring
break from the week of April 13 to the week of April 6. The week of April 6 will be considered spring break, and no online instruction will occur during that week.
(Updated 3/30/2020)


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.
(Updated 3/15/2020)


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

Here’s info from the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) about how to protect yourself.
Here’s an opinion piece on Medium: Social Distancing: This is Not a Snow Day
Here’s an article from CNN: Take social distancing seriously and limit playdates, other activities, experts say
Here’s an article from Fox News: Social distancing could help stop coronavirus spread: What does that mean?
(Updated 3/15/2020)


Q: What online learning options exist for students?
A: While Carlsbad Unified School District is closed in response to COVID-19, we are committed to providing options for students to continue learning. We’re pleased to share a number of ways for students to engage in learning while they are away from school.

The recommended activities on our Extended Learning Activities website are meant to provide opportunities for student learning while school is closed. Activities include core academics as well as resources to support physical wellness, social emotional learning, and enrichment activities. 

Beginning on Tuesday,March 31, teachers will implement Remote Online Learning. Here is some more information.

(Updated 3/25/2020)


Q: Is there a recommended schedule we should follow at home for completing extended learning activities?
A: We recommend providing structure for your student. At school, students get used to their days following a certain structure. Communicating to your child that they will have a structure to follow for the next several weeks will set expectations and set everyone up to make the most out of this period of time. We have attached the following schedules as samples for you to download.

(Updated 3/18/2020)


Q: What if I don't have internet access at my home?
A: We have a solution for families without internet access at home. If needed, please contact your school principal and we'll work with you directly.

For those families who prefer to not complete the activities on a computer or mobile device, most of the activities can be downloaded and printed.
(Updated 3/1/2020)

Q: Is there meal service for students?
A: Carlsbad Unified is providing temporary lunch service at Carlsbad Village Academy/Carlsbad High Parking Lot, 3557 Lancer Way, Carlsbad CA 92008. 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. 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.
(Updated 4/16/2020)


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.

On Monday, March 16, the Legislature and the Governor took special action to support agencies grappling with the COVID-19 pandemic, including passage of SB 117, a bill providing relief to school districts and county offices of education. Specifically, SB 117 waives Education Code provisions regarding instructional day and minute requirements for LEAs that closed schools due to COVID-19.
(Updated 3/17/2020)


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. 

SB 117 (signed by the governor on March 16), provides that, for purposes of school funding, the school year shall include only full school months between July 1, 2019 and February 29, 2020, in recognition of the number of local districts that have closed schools to limit spread of the virus. 
(Updated 3/17/2020)


Q: Will state testing be cancelled this year?
A: Yes. On March 18, Governor Newsom issued an executive order to waive, pending federal approval, this year’s statewide testing for all California students. 
(Updated 3/19/2020)


Q: How will AP testing be handled?
A: On March 20, the College Board released information about this year's AP testing schedule. Here is a link to the information. They announced that, for the 2019–20 exam administration only, students can take a 45-minute online exam at home. They also announced that they will offer free, optional online review courses for students.

(Updated 3/20/2020)


Q: Will SAT testing be postponed?
A: The College Board announced that the March and May administrations of the SAT have been cancelled. Here is the information. The College Board also states "We have not yet canceled the June 6, 2020 SAT administration and will continue to assess its status, with the health and safety of students and educators as our top priority. We are also exploring the possibility of adding an international SAT administration later this school year."
(Updated 3/17/2020)