COVID-19 Updates and information

COVID-19 Information for  Parents and Guardians

 Information and Answers to Common Questions  for Parents and Guardians

Information about the Coronavirus Disease

Some STEM and Academic Enrichment

SDASM Weekly STEM Challenges 


April 12th Buccaneer Message from our administration

April’s word of the month: perseverance

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SOM Getting Ready for Distance Learning

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Tentative Distance Learning Schedule starting April 20th

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SUHSD Meal Service

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Additional Resources

Mental Health and Wellness

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Affordable Internet Offers

Home Internet helps your family succeed! Find out about affordable Internet offers in your area by calling 844-841-4636.


Distance Learning Student Survey // Encuesta estudiantil sobre la Educación a Distancia

What can you do to keep your brain and body active?

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April 8, 2020

April 6, 2020

distance learning student survey // encuesta estudiantil sobre la educación a distancia

Students,Please respond to the student survey if you have not already done so.

Distance Learning is defined as learning where the teacher and student are in different locations.

The purpose of this survey is to determine the technology needs of each student so we can prepare for distance learning, if needed, when school resumes. Please fill out once for each student.

La Educación a Distancia se define como el aprendizaje que se da cuando el maestro y el alumno se encuentran en ubicaciones distintas.

El propósito de la presente encuesta es determinar las necesidades tecnológicas de cada alumno con el fin de estar preparados para brindar Educación a distancia, en caso necesario, al reanudar las clases. Favor de llenar una vez para cada estudiante.

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April 4, 2020


Please be sure to check your school email next week as we begin transitioning to distance learning. Your teachers are working hard and learning how to teach remotely. We all miss you and hope you are staying healthy, happy and safe during this time!

April 3, 2020

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March 31, 2020

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March 27, 2020

March 25, 2020

March 23, 2020

Dear SOM students, parents, and staff,

I have asked our students to be creative and a force of positive change and hope during these difficult times. I share with you a humble song that I wrote hoping it finds you well and safe. Ms. Easter Finley, principal of Eastlake Middle, thank you for helping me with my crazy ideas! Hope will prevail!

Check out these Educational resources to keep your mind active!

March 20, 2020

Dear Sweetwater Staff, Students, Families and Community,

In this time of great uncertainty, our first priority is the health and welfare of our students, families, staff, and community. This is an unprecedented situation that doesn’t come with an instruction manual. Here in Sweetwater, we are working together to figure it out as new information becomes available.

The last few days have continued to be challenging. As you are all aware, last night, Governor Gavin Newsom issued an order for Californians to stay at home except for essential needs. This order is in place until further notice. You can read more about the order here:

In a unified effort to protect the health of students, staff and school communities, the Sweetwater Union School District and other school districts countywide, in collaboration with the County Department of Public Health, made the collective decision to remain closed until further notice.

The Governor’s order acknowledges the essential role of school districts. We are committed to carrying out essential services such as preparing and distributing meals to students and any function associated with keeping the continuity of learning moving forward.

As of now, here is the latest information we have received about testing and Advanced Placement (AP) exams:

  • The Federal government has suspended all national testing requirements for this school year, therefore the English Language Proficiency Assessment for California (ELPAC) and the California Assessment of Student Performance and Progress (CAASPP) in English Language Arts, Mathematics, and Science are cancelled.
  • The Advanced Placement exams are planning on continuing with modified exams that students can take in their homes. The details of that announcement can be found on the AP Central website: The organization that administers International Baccalaureate Exams, which are given at Bonita Vista High and Castle Park High, has not yet announced its plan. They promise to provide an update by March 27 here:

We have been working closely with our employee groups to define what this all means as we go forward and we will continue to update you with any and all news in as timely a manner as we can. We have also been listening to the concerns and ideas from students and parents. In the meantime, we want to thank you for supporting us over the last few days. Our staff will continue working hard to feed thousands of students, we will continue to communicate with students, staff and parents and reassure you that things will be okay, that our facilities will be clean, and ensure that our campuses are safe and secure.

Please continue to monitor the district website at:

Meals will be served to families on Monday, March 23, 2020 and Tuesday, March 31, 2020 at six (6) locations – Chula Vista Middle, Montgomery Middle, National City Middle, Southwest Middle, Hilltop High, and Southwest High. Specific information on meal services for the next two weeks can be found here.

There is no doubt that we are in uncharted territory, but of this we are certain: we will get through this, stronger and more resilient than ever. We thank each of you for every creative, innovative, and compassionate effort made as we work together to continue addressing the COVID-19 pandemic.

Take care of yourselves and take care of your loved ones.

With much appreciation,

Karen Janney, Ed.D.


Estimado personal de Sweetwater, estudiantes, familias y comunidad,

En este momento de gran incertidumbre, nuestra primera prioridad es la salud y el bienestar de nuestros estudiantes, familias, personal y comunidad. Esta es una situación sin precedentes que no viene con un manual de instrucciones. Aquí en Sweetwater estamos trabajando juntos para resolverlo a medida que haya nueva información disponible.

Los últimos días han seguido siendo desafiantes. Como todos saben, anoche el gobernador Gavin Newsom emitió una orden para que los californianos se queden en sus casas, excepto por necesidades esenciales. Esta orden está vigente hasta nuevo aviso. Puede leer más sobre el pedido aquí:

En un esfuerzo unificado para proteger la salud de los estudiantes, el personal y las comunidades escolares, el Distrito Escolar de Sweetwater y otros distritos escolares de todo el condado, en colaboración con el Departamento de Salud Pública del Condado, tomaron la decisión colectiva de permanecer cerrados hasta nuevo aviso.

La orden del Gobernador reconoce el papel esencial de los distritos escolares. Estamos comprometidos a llevar a cabo servicios esenciales como preparar y distribuir comidas a los estudiantes y cualquier función asociada con el mantenimiento de la continuidad del aprendizaje.

A partir de ahora, aquí está la información más reciente que hemos recibido sobre las pruebas estatales y los exámenes de Colocación Avanzada (AP):

  • El gobierno federal ha suspendido todos los requisitos de exámenes nacionales para este año escolar, por lo tanto, la Evaluación de dominio del idioma inglés para California (ELPAC) y la Evaluación de rendimiento y progreso del estudiante de California (CAASPP) en artes del lenguaje inglés, matemáticas y ciencias se cancelan.
  • Los exámenes de Colocación Avanzada están planeando continuar con exámenes modificados que los estudiantes pueden tomar en sus hogares. Los detalles de ese anuncio se pueden encontrar en el sitio web de AP Central: La organización que administra los exámenes de Bachillerato Internacional, que se realizan en Bonita Vista High y Castle Park High, aún no ha anunciado su plan. Prometen proporcionar una actualización antes del 27 de marzo aquí:

Hemos estado trabajando estrechamente con nuestros grupos de empleados para definir qué significa todo esto a medida que avanzamos y continuaremos actualizándolo con todas y cada una de las noticias de la manera más oportuna posible. También hemos estado escuchando las preocupaciones e ideas de estudiantes y padres. Mientras tanto, queremos agradecerle por apoyarnos en los últimos días. Nuestro personal continuará trabajando arduamente para alimentar a miles de estudiantes, continuaremos comunicándonos con los estudiantes, el personal y los padres y les aseguraremos que todo estará bien, que nuestras instalaciones estarán limpias y nos aseguraremos de que nuestros campus estén seguros y protegidos.

Continúe monitoreando el sitio web del distrito en:

Las comidas se servirán a las familias el lunes 23 de marzo de 2020 y el martes 31 de marzo de 2020 en seis (6) ubicaciones: Chula Vista Middle, Montgomery Middle, National City Middle, Southwest Middle, Hilltop High y Southwest High. Puede encontrar información específica sobre los servicios de comidas para las próximas dos semanas aquí.

No hay duda de que estamos en un territorio desconocido, pero de esto estamos seguros: lo superaremos, más fuertes y resistentes que nunca. Agradecemos a cada uno de ustedes por cada esfuerzo creativo, innovador y compasivo realizado mientras trabajamos juntos para continuar abordando la pandemia de COVID-19.

Cuídense y cuiden a sus seres queridos.

Con mucho aprecio

Karen Janney, Ed.D.


March 20, 2020 Meal service Schedule for all children

March 18, 2020

Good morning SUHSD Community,

This is a very unique and unprecedented time and we want to thank you all for your efforts and cooperation as we continue to work through this situation. We wanted to provide you with a few updates on a couple of topics.

School Site and District Office Closures

Beginning Wednesday, March 18 through Friday, March 20, 2020, all of our school sites will be closed with minimal site staff. Additionallymany District Office departments will be minimally staffed, however the two entrances at 1130 Fifth Ave. will be open through Friday at 4:30 p.m.

Meal distribution at the current sites will continue through Friday, March 20, 2020. For information on those locations, visit:

As of Monday, March 23, 2020, during our scheduled Spring Break, the District Office and school sites will be closed to the public.


We thank you all for supporting your students through this time. Please note that the expectation is that teachers will not assign mandatory assignments for students to complete during March 16th – April 3rd. As we move forward, and receive further guidance, we are looking into ways to ensure equity and access to instruction and instructional resources for all students in case of prolonged school closure.

We will continue to provide updates as we move forward and we thank you for making adjustments as we continue to receive more information and more precise guidance from public health authorities, the California Department of Education, the San Diego County Office of Education, and our own Sweetwater District.

Once again, we may need to make additional changes and, therefore, ask that you continue to monitor your email and visit the SUHSD COVID-19 information website

Buenos días comunidad SUHSD,

Este es un momento único y sin precedentes queremos agradecerles a todos por sus esfuerzos y cooperación mientras continuamos trabajando en esta situación. Queríamos brindarle algunas actualizaciones sobre un par de temas.

Sitios escolares y cierres de oficinas del distrito

Desde el miércoles 18 de marzo hasta el viernes 20 de marzo de 2020, todos nuestros sitios escolares estarán cerrados con un personal mínimo. Además, muchos departamentos de la Oficina del Distrito tendrán un personal mínimo, sin embargo, las dos entradas en 1130 5ª Ave. estará abierto hasta el viernes a las 4:30 p.m.

La distribución de comidas en los sitios actuales continuará hasta el viernes 20 de marzo de 2020. Para obtener información sobre esos lugares, visite:

A partir del lunes 23 de marzo de 2020, durante nuestras vacaciones de primavera programadas, la Oficina del Distrito y los sitios escolares estarán cerrados al público.


Les agradecemos a todos por apoyar a sus estudiantes durante este tiempo. Tenga en cuenta que la expectativa es que los maestros no asignarán tareas obligatorias para que los estudiantes completen del 16 de marzo al 3 de abril. A medida que avanzamos y recibimos más orientación, estamos buscando formas de garantizar la equidad y el acceso a la instrucción y los recursos de instrucción para todos los estudiantes en caso de cierre prolongado de la escuela.

Continuaremos brindando actualizaciones a medida que avanzamos y le agradecemos por hacer ajustes a medida que continuamos recibiendo más información y orientación más precisa de las autoridades de salud pública, el Departamento de Educación de California, la Oficina de Educación del Condado de San Diego y nuestro Distrito de Sweetwater.

Una vez más, es posible que necesitemos hacer cambios adicionales y, por lo tanto, solicitar que continúe monitoreando su correo electrónico y visite el sitio web de información SUHSD COVID-19.

March 17, 2020

Beginning Wednesday, March 18 through Friday, March 20, 2020, all of our school sites will be closed with minimal site staff.  Additionally many District Office departments will be minimally staffed, however the two entrances at 1130 Fifth Ave. will be open through Friday at 4:30 p.m.

As of Monday, March 23, 2020, during our scheduled Spring Break, the District Office and school sites will be closed to the public. Thank you for your understanding and support.

We will continue to provide updates as we move forward and we thank you for making adjustments as we continue to receive more information and more precise guidance from public health authorities, the California Department of Education, the San Diego County Office of Education, and our own Sweetwater District. Once again, we may need to make additional changes and, therefore, ask that you be attentive to your district email and visit SUHSD COVID-19 information website

San Diego county schools to participate in free meal distribution for all children ages 1-18

COVID-19 Communication-March 13, 2020

Dear SUHSD Community,
As you know, current events involving COVID-19 are developing rapidly in our country and our region. In consultation with County Public Health and superintendents from school districts across San Diego County, all public schools will close beginning Monday , March 16,2020. In the South County, the Chula Vista Elementary School District, National School District, San Ysidro School District, South Bay Union School District and Sweetwater Union High School District will each close schools through Friday, April 3, 2020. At this time, classes are scheduled to resume April 6, 2020. This cancellation includes all school and district events, including athletics.

Students should stay home and minimize social contact as much as possible to keep all family members safe. South County districts are exploring with our cities, the County of San Diego, and community organizations, what it can do to support students and families while schools are closed during the week before Spring Break, as well as the break. This decision was made with the best interests of students and staff in mind. Instead of doing reactive, school by school closures, we’re going to focus the next three weeks on how we can provide essential support for our community in this new reality. It is likely we will be seeing many more cases of COVID-19 in the coming weeks and months and this will require a measured, sustained response.

Key district and site staff will be working to monitor the situation, continue operational planning, and to support students in essential areas as needed. Community and family services will continue to be available. For more information on this, please contact our Student Support Services Department at (619) 691-5564.

Given the many uncertainties of this situation, district leadership and staff are making every effort to minimize the impacts on long-term student learning. This is a difficult decision, but necessary, as our nation tries to slow the spread and transmission of COVID-19. Please continue to look for updates from us and we ask that you continue to monitor the district website at

SUHSD Letter March 13 2020

Message March 13 2020

COVID-19 Communication-March 12, 2020

Good morning SUHSD Community,

Taking into consideration guidance provided by Governor Gavin Newsom today, district and school site officials continue to meet to discuss the rapidly evolving situation related to COVID19. As of today, the Sweetwater Union High School District will be canceling the following events for the remainder of this week (Thursday March 12, Friday March 13, and Saturday March 14):

  •  School field trips – both local and out of town
  • District events such as:
    • Visual and Performing Arts events
    • National Math and Science Institute (NMSI) events
    • Robotics events
    • Professional development events
    • School assemblies
    • Large group parent meetings

*Please note that athletic events have not been canceled, but state and local CIF
officials are considering all possible scenarios. More information will be coming later

A decision about events occurring after this weekend will be made and communicated in the
very near future.

School will continue to be in session, and as we communicated yesterday, any decision to close schools in San Diego County will be done under the advice of the San Diego County Health and Human Services Agency and the San Diego County Office of Education.

Please continue to monitor the Sweetwater Union High School District Website regularly at Thank you for your continued support and efforts with ensuring the health and well-being of our students, staff, and community.


COVID-19 Communication – March 11, 2020

Like all K-12 districts in California and across the nation, the Sweetwater Union High School District continues to closely monitor the rapidly changing status of COVID-19.

Our efforts have included keeping up to date with several closures of local colleges and universities such as UCSD, SDSU, and Southwestern College. However, Sweetwater and other local school district have remained open and instruction is continuing as planned.

Our schools follow the advice of local and state health officials, specifically the San Diego Health and Human Services Agency. Although district superintendents have the authority to declare a school or district emergency, during a public health emergency, San Diego County Health and Human Services Agency is the county’s lead agency. At this time, they have not recommended school closures or event cancellations. Should that change, we will follow their recommendation along with the advice and input from the San Diego County Office of Education.

Over the next few days and weeks, we will continue to make adjustments and decisions about school related events and activities. Until then, please be assured that we are in constant contact with local authorities about COVID-19 and we will continue to seek and follow guidance of our County Health and Human Services Agency and the San Diego County Office of Education.

For information about COVID-19, please go to the Sweetwater District website at that includes links to all official sources and our latest communications, including other Frequently Asked Questions.

Thank you for your continued support and commitment to the health and wellbeing of our students, staff, and community.