High schools in Escondido will continue in virtual learning for the second grading period, through April 16, but will build on small groups aimed at helping students struggling with learning from home.
The Escondido Union High School District board voted last week to continue with the first phase of reopening, which allows up to 25 percent of students to attend class on campus at a given time.
Currently, all classes in the Escondido Union High School District are conducted virtually, either through an independent learning program, in which students progress at their own pace through online classes, or through direct instruction and Zoom sessions, using the learning platform Canvas.
Since the fall, however, the high schools have invited back some students to participate in small groups known as “learning pods.” These students continue to engage in virtual learning, but do it in a classroom on campus, with the support of a teacher who may or may not be one of their assigned teachers. This arrangement allows students to return to campus while remaining in small, self-contained cohorts in order to limit transmission of COVID-19.
The pods include special education students, English learners, homeless and foster youth, and others struggling with distance learning. Other North County school districts have also adopted learning pods as an interim step toward getting students back to school.
School officials reached out specifically to students who were not succeeding at home, including those with multiple