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Updates: Last Updated on February 23, 2021

PurpleTier 1 (Purple) Status - Widespread of the Virus
Based upon a review cycle of scientific data, we are currently in Tier 1 status with the virus being widespread. For elementary school reopenings, our metrics for consideration are 25 COVID-19 Cases Per 100,000, Intensive Care Unit capacity at >15%, and those that would work at a school site with students present having been vaccinated. For secondary school reopening our metrics are directly tied to being below Tier 1 (Purple) status and those working at a school site with students present having been vaccinated. Our schools have initiated a 15-day review cycle that is currently focused on: (a) state-reported Tier status; (b) zip code analysis of infection rates; and (c) the ongoing assessment of county health officials. As of February 1, 2021 none of these metric indicators have been met which would initiate the process of reopening our schools. You can review our February 1, 2021, safe school reopening documents below including our Model COVID-19 Prevention Program and our COVID-19 School Reopening Checklist. 
February 23, 2021, Posted Metrics: 
  • San Diego County Cases 15.0 per 100,000
  • UDS Service Area Index: 27.4 per 100,000 (Previous Week 36.4 per 100,000)
  • ICU Capacity: 35%
  • Vacancies for Educators: March 1, 2021
  • Day Count: 0

Our Commitment:

Urban Discovery Schools takes a cautious approach to in-person instructional offerings. This approach will be based upon:
  1. the leadership provided through the Governor's office, and state and local health agencies;
  2. local university partners and their medical research and advice on safety considerations during the pandemic;
  3. an understanding that we are an inner-city school system in a densely populated area with those areas having a higher propensity to spread the virus;
  4. that our learning community is comprised of members that are of multi-generational households, are themselves at higher risk, or care for others that are of higher risk;
  5. that our faculty and staff members are members of our learning community and must not be placed at risk as this undermines our ability to serve our broader learning community; and
  6. that we serve a diverse population that includes members that are essential workers that ensure that base service requirements for the maintenance and dignity of human life are provided for on a day-to-day basis.
We believe that these are prerequisite requirements and considerations for successful in-person learning to occur. Therefore, we have established a 28-day review cycle of these conditions before considering the reopening of schools so that we have a broad base of timeline dependent medical and health data to make decisions in consideration of opening of schools.
COVID-19 Prevention Program (CPP)
The Division of Occupational Safety and Health (DOSH), better known as Cal/OSHA, protects and improves the health and safety of working men and women. Utilizing their established model framework, you can review the Urban Discovery Schools CPP dated February 1, 2021, below. 
COVID-19 School Guidance Checklist
On January 14, 2021, the California Department of Public Health released the COVID-19 School Guidance Checklist to help establish safe procedures for the reopening of schools once the school systems established metric framework had been met. You can review the Urban Discovery Schools School Guidance Checklist dated February 1, 2021, below. 
Senate Bill 98 (SB 98) established the Learning Continuity and Attendance Plan (Learning Continuity Plan, LCP), which is intended to (1) require a written report and envisioned an off-cycle Local Control and Accountability Plan (LCAP) due December 15th, and (2) the ongoing need for local educational agencies (LEAs) to formally plan for the 2020–21 school year in the midst of the uncertainty caused by the COVID-19 pandemic. This plan is intended to memorialize the planning process that is already underway for the 2020–21 school year. You can review the UDS LCP by clicking here. 
Comments and Feedback
Please direct feedback on specific actions and expenditures to ceo@urbansd.com.

Current Understanding of Virus

  • Symptoms most commonly include: fever with cough or shortness of breath; Some people have fewer or no symptoms at all. Headache, sore throat, and runny nose also occur with this virus.
  • Spread is most likely from droplets (cough and sneezing).
  • The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) considers this a serious public health threat, but with health risk from this virus to be low at this time.
  • It is not yet known whether people carrying the virus, but have no symptoms, can spread the virus to others.
  • Symptoms of COVID-19 may appear in as few as 2 days, or as long as 14 days, after exposure.
  • Most people with this infection will recover on their own. There is no specific treatment for novel coronavirus infection yet.

  • For patients who are more severely ill, hospitals can provide supportive care.