COVID-19 increase forces continued distance learning for local public schools

San Diego County’s recent surge in COVID-19 infections has continued to stall the efforts of Escondido’s public schools to return to in-school, in-person instruction.  The board of the Escondido Union School District (EUSD) met January 7 in what it termed an “emergency” meeting and approved postponement, until February 2, its return to in-person teaching in its hybrid model. It set […]

Classical Academies announces full return to in-person instruction; responds to teacher concerns

Classical Academies charter schools (Escondido) has announced that it will fully reopen with in-person instruction at the start of the spring semester on January 19. All employees will be required to return to all campuses for in-person instruction, Tuesday through Thursday, according to Cameron Curry, Classical Academies CEO. The announcement was made to teachers by Curry via YouTube video this […]

Dr. Rankins-Ibarra: EUSD teachers also heroes of the pandemic

First responders and healthcare providers are frequently being called “heroes” for their work with the COVID-19-infected. But teachers need to be added to that list, especially those of the Escondido Union School District (EUSD), says Dr. Luis Rankins-Ibarra, district superintendent. Like school districts country-wide, EUSD has been experiencing the yo-yo-like ups and downs of learning to teach with new methods […]

‘Operational crisis’ forced EUSD to suspend in-school instruction; board hears Epiphany Prep renewal request

The word “crisis” is rather common these days. And Dr. Luis Rankins-Ibarra, superintendent of the Escondido Union School District (EUSD), employed it to bolster the district’s recent move from in-class instruction to distance learning at all of its schools (Times-Advocate, December 10). At the school board’s regular meeting on Thursday, December 11, he described “an operational crisis late (the previous) […]

In-class instruction ‘temporarily’ suspended at Pioneer Elementary; HEPA air filters purchased for classrooms

The Escondido Union School District last week announced the “temporary suspension” of in-class instruction at Pioneer Elementary School through the rest of November. The district said it took this action after learning that three people described as in the Pioneer school “community” were found infected by the COVID-19 virus, the transmission described as occurring “off-campus.” The suspension includes cancellation of […]

Cases of COVID-19 force suspension of on-campus instruction at Mission Middle School

The Escondido Union School District (EUSD) has temporarily suspended on-campus activities at Mission Middle School after finding that three individuals in the “community” of that school have tested positive for the COVID-19 virus. The district said that it received word of the positive cases last week. The cases are “separate and unrelated,” it said, and that transmission of the virus […]

Students recognized for water awareness posters

At the October 21 city council meeting, the city utilities department recognized six students who participated in the 29th annual Water Awareness Poster Contest. This year’s theme was “Love Water, Save Water.”  The top three of the hand drawn posters will be featured in a regional water awareness calendar. Prizes for the poster contest were donated by several local businesses.  […]

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