School Opening Plan 2020-2021

School Opening Plan for 2020/2021 School Year

The Borrego Unified School District has been working to develop a plan to safely and effectively reopen our schools. We are committed to honor many of our families’ wishes to reopen our schools if possible, as well as allow our families the ability to choose from two main options. The first option being on-campus learning with health and safety protocols in place based on state and county guidelines. The second option being a virtual learning model.  

On July 17, 2020 Governor Newsom announced that schools located in counties on the state monitoring list for rising Covid -19 infections would not be allowed to physically reopen until the county has been off the state monitoring list for 14 consecutive days. Currently, San Diego is on the state watch list.  With these new directives, BSUSD is planning to start the new school year on August 31, 2020 with a virtual learning model. We are still committed to physically reopening our schools for our students when it is safe to do so. 

During the Governor’s address he also mandated the following conditions for schools reopening: 

  • Mask requirements: All school staff must wear masks. All students in 3rd grade and above must wear masks, unless exempt (persons with a medical condition, mental health condition, or disability that prevents wearing a face covering are exempt). Students in 2nd grade and below are strongly encouraged, but not required to wear masks or face shields.
  • Regular testing of staff and dedicated contact tracing through the State’s contact tracing workforce partnership.

BSUSD is committed to protect our students and staff and will be following all county and state guidelines to ensure a safe environment at our schools. 

We appreciate your patience and partnership as we navigate these uncertain times together. We will continue to send updates as we receive them. 

You can view the Updated State Directive here

You can view the Updated School Reopening Guidelines from the California Department of Public Health

We will also continue to provide breakfast and lunch at no charge to all children 2 - 18 during the summer break. The schedule is as follows:

  • Elementary school from 8:30am -10:30am
  • Ocotillo Wells (Oasis) at 10:00am
  • El Rancho at 10:30am
  • Santiago Estates at 11:00am

Days for Meal Service will be Monday-Thursday through the summer


We are Borrego Springs Unified School District. As a small school and caring community, we work together to provide every single student a diverse and academically rich education. We aspire to produce graduates who have their own visions for the future, armed with strong values and the tools for success in college, career, family and community life


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