IUSD is closely monitoring the COVID-19 health crisis and created this resource page to keep our community informed and connected. On this page, you will find updates, information and resources, frequently asked questions (FAQ), links to expert health agencies, and an archive of District communications in English, Arabic, Farsi, Japanese, Korean, Mandarin (simplified and traditional), and Spanish.
Update 9/10/20: Provided the County's COVID-19 data continues trending in a positive direction for 14 consecutive days, IUSD schools will reopen for in-person instruction, for those who selected an in-person academic model, September 24-25. Click here to read more.
Update 9/8/20: Today, as expected, the California Department of Public Health announced that Orange County has successfully moved from the “purple tier” to the less restrictive “red tier” of the state’s color-coded system for tracking COVID-19 progress by county. Assuming the county’s data continues a downward trend or remains stable, Orange County K-12 schools will be eligible to reopen for in-person learning, for those who selected an in-person academic model, as early as September 22. IUSD will provide an update to our community, including our anticipated start date, in the near future. As a reminder, IVA students will remain 100% online.
Update 9/1/20: On 8/28, the state launched a new four-tiered system to track COVID-19 progress by county. IUSD leadership worked throughout the weekend with the OC Health Care Agency and the OC Department of Education to clarify the impact of this new framework on IUSD. Last night, the OC Health Care Agency announced that although OC coronavirus rates continue to drop, the California Department of Public Health has moved the September 8 start date so that OC schools could be in a position to reopen for in-person instruction starting September 22, as long as the downward trend in coronavirus rates continues or remains stable.
The District will provide an update to our community shortly, with more information about IUSD’s start date for in-person instruction for students who selected an in-person academic model. As a reminder, IVA students will remain 100% online.
Update 8/28/20: Today, Governor Newsom announced a new phased framework for reopening counties throughout the state. IUSD is working with state and local agencies to better understand what this means for our district and our current planning for in-person instruction. We will provide an update when more information is available.
Update 8/26/20: The California Department of Public Health has released new guidance for California school districts located in counties that have not been removed from the state’s COVID-19 monitoring list but would like to bring back Special Education or other small groups of students. As communicated earlier this week, Orange County has been removed from the state’s monitoring list and OC school districts are on a path to return to in-person learning, for families who have selected those academic models. Therefore at this time, IUSD’s planning is focused on bringing all students enrolled in in-person academic models back to our campuses. Also, please note, this new guidance does not supersede previous guidelines for schools from the CDPH, the OC Health Care Agency and the OC Department of Education.