Reopening Update - March 5, 2021

Friday, March 5, 2021

Dear GGUSD Families,

It was another wonderful week in GGUSD as we successfully opened another 16 elementary schools for in-person instruction.    

Reopening Status: Currently, we have 29 elementary schools open for in-person instruction with the remaining of our 45 elementary schools scheduled to open next week: Brookhurst, Carrillo, Clinton, Crosby, Evans, Faylane, Hazard, Lawrence, Parkview, Peters 4-6, Post, Rosita, Simmons, Stanley, Violette and Warren. 

All secondary schools that had previously opened for in-person instruction will be open next week, including Bell Intermediate which opened March 1 and Irvine, McGarvin, Ralston, and Walton intermediate schools and Hare High School which are set to open Monday, March 8.

While we had hoped Orange County would be in the Red Tier this week, county COVID-19 case rates came in at 7.6, missing the 7.0 mark by a fraction. We anticipate that we will make the Red Tier next week and can begin reopening the remainder of our secondary schools. Tentatively, we are planning to open our remaining intermediate schools (Alamitos, Doig, Fitz, Jordan, Lake) and Pacifica High School on March 17th and our remaining high schools (Bolsa Grande, Garden Grove, La Quinta, Los Amigos, Rancho Alamitos and Santiago) on March 22nd.

We appreciate the support of our students, families and staff as we work together to resume in-person instruction at all campuses.  Click here to read our “COVID-19 Prevention Checklist” to learn about the many ways that parents can help keep our schools and students safe. 

VACCINE DISTRIBUTION: This week, California opened availability for all school district employees to receive the COVID-19 vaccine. GGUSD is fortunate to host the county’s first vaccine distribution pod for the education sector and we have successfully vaccinated almost 1,000 GGUSD employees just this week. 

JOIN US ON MONDAY: All parents, staff, and intermediate and high school students are invited to our Choose Wellness Event this Monday, March 8 from 5:30 to 7:30 to attend two workshops led by local experts on a variety of mental health and wellness topics. Click here to view a list of the workshops and select the two that are most interesting to you. To RSVP, visit https://bit.ly/ChooseWellness2021, select the workshops you plan to attend and request interpretation if needed. Our GGUSD community has been deeply impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic and months of distance learning. Never has the topic of wellness been more important than it is right now. We hope to see you there! 

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 8, 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 all seven comprehensive high schools including Bolsa Grande, Garden Grove, La Quinta, Los Amigos, Pacifica, Rancho Alamitos, and Santiago high schools. 

Have a wonderful weekend.