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Friday, February 26, 2021

Dear Parents,

WELCOME BACK: It was a wonderful week as staff at 13 of our elementary schools welcomed students back to campus for in-person instruction! We could not be more pleased with how smoothly students transitioned back to the classroom to engage and learn togetherGREAT NEWS: We are excited to share with you that this week ALL of GGUSD’s school zip codes had COVID-19 rates below 25 per 100,000. This means that all elementary schools meet the district’s criteria to reopen for in-person instruction.

ELEMENTARY SCHOOL REOPENING STATUS: Allen, Barker, Enders, Garden Park, Monroe and Patton elementary schools  opened on February 22; Anthony Elementary School opened on February 23; Cook, Gilbert, Hill, Northcutt, Sunnyside, and Zeyen elementary schools opened on February 24; and Heritage, Murdy, Newhope, Russell and Stanford elementary schools will open on March 1.  

Bryant, Eisenhower, Excelsior, Morningside, and Riverdale elementary schools are scheduled to open on March 3; Marshall, Paine, Peters K-3, Wakeham and Woodbury elementary schools are scheduled to open on March 4. The remaining elementary schools (Brookhurst, Carrillo, Clinton, Crosby, Evans, Faylane, Hazard, Lawrence, Parkview, Peters 4-6, Post, Rosita, Simmons, Stanley, Violette and Warren) are scheduled to open during the week of March 8.

State preschool classrooms will be opening alongside the elementary schools and families are being notified by the Director of Preschool Programs.

SECONDARY SCHOOL REOPENING STATUS: Secondary schools that previously opened are preparing to reopen for in-person instruction including Bell Intermediate’s MS program which opened on February 22 with General Education opening on March 1 as well as Irvine, McGarvin, Ralston, and Walton intermediate schools and Hare High School on March 8. All other intermediate and high schools that have not previously opened cannot do so until Orange County returns to the red tier, which the county is very close to doing. If the county goes into the red tier as soon as Tuesday, March 2, those intermediate and high schools could open within a few weeks of that date. School principals will keep you informed as well.  

Mark Twain Special Education Center will open on March 2 and Jordan ATP will open on March 9.

As a reminder, once schools are reopened for in-person instruction, they will not close again unless mandated by the state or county.

While we are optimistic about the improved conditions of COVID-19 in our communities, it is extremely important that we remain vigilant in our health and safety procedures.

There are many ways that parents can help keep our students safe, including:

  • Keep your child home from school if he/she has any symptoms of illness or COVID-19 or has been exposed to someone who has tested positive for COVID-19.
  • Complete the daily Health Screening Form on ParentSquare to confirm that your child(ren) are not coming onto campus with COVID-19 symptoms or recent exposure.
  • Pre-register your child(ren) to participate in free schoolwide COVID-19 testing when it’s offered at your child(ren)’s school site.
  • Ensure that your child wears their face covering to school each day and practices frequent hand washing.
  • Contact the school if anyone in your family tests positive for COVID-19.

Preventing the spread of COVID-19 on our campuses is a community-wide effort and we appreciate the support of our families.

VACCINE DISTRIBUTION: In addition to daily health and safety protocols to keep our campuses safe, GGUSD is working with OCHCA and OCDE to expedite vaccine distribution for school employees across Orange County.  Based on state guidelines, Orange County health officials recently announced that 30% of the new COVID-19 vaccine shipments will be allocated for education and childcare workers along with the food and agriculture sectors. OCHCA and OCDE recently opened the first vaccine distribution pod for school employees in GGUSD which focused first on school health care workers and GGUSD employees age 65 and older.  Beginning March 1, it will be open to all school-based employees in Orange County and additional education pods will be set up at multiple school districts throughout the county.

We will continue to communicate opportunities for GGUSD families (non-employees) to get vaccinated, either at one of the super pods at Disneyland, Soka University, Santa Ana College, and the Anaheim Convention Center, or through local health care providers and pharmacies. Orange County residents can register through to view available appointments and to keep informed of upcoming availability.  Beginning Friday, February 26th, COVID-19 vaccinations are being offered by Latino Health Access for GGUSD family members (parents, grandparents, etc.) who live in Garden Grove and Santa Ana and are age 65 or older. Call 714-805-7838 and tell them you are a GGUSD family member to register to get a vaccine for family members aged 65 or older. Click here for additional information about vaccine distribution in Orange County.

MENTAL HEALTH MATTERS: All parents, staff, and intermediate and high school students are invited to our Choose Wellness Event on Monday, March 8 from 5:30 to 7:30 which will feature workshops led by local experts on a variety of mental health and wellness topics. Click here to view a list of the workshops. To RSVP, visit, select the workshops you plan to attend and request interpretation if needed.

GRAB AND GO MEAL UPDATE: Grab and Go meal service is currently being offered at schools that are reopen for in-person instruction. Beginning March 1, the Curbside Drive-Through Grab and Go Meal Service will be offered Monday, Wednesday and Friday from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Ralston Intermediate School and all seven comprehensive high schools including Bolsa Grande, Garden Grove, La Quinta, Los Amigos, Pacifica, Rancho Alamitos, and Santiago high schools. 

We look forward to seeing more and more GGUSD students back on campus for in-person instruction in the weeks ahead.

Have a wonderful weekend!

Previous Updates

Important Topics

Things You Should Know

  • Governor Newsom declared a Stay at Home executive order effective March 19, mandating individuals across the state to, except for essential services, remain in their homes to prevent the spread of COVID-19. Click here for the details. 

  • The order does NOT change the directive for school districts to continue offering distance learning and meal service for our students. These are considered essential services. 

  • As part of our transition to at-home learning, the district is closing its schools and district office to the public effective Monday, March 23.  The majority of GGUSD’s employees are working from home, responding to calls and emails as quickly as possible.

  • Teachers are working diligently to provide learning opportunities that can be accessed from home and schools have distributed laptops/devices to students as appropriate.

  • Parents are strongly encouraged to make sure your contact information is up to date in the Parent Portal. This will ensure that you receive regular communication from GGUSD via ParentSquare (voicemail, text, and/or email).

For updates about the coronavirus

visit or call the OC Health Care Agency Referral Line at (800) 564-8448.