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Media Tour to Discuss School Reopening Preps

San Diego Unified to Hold Media Tour to Discuss Preparations for School Reopening, Parent Survey
Posted on 03/11/2021
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Thursday, March 11, 2021


San Diego Unified to Hold Media Tour to Discuss Preparations for School Reopening, Parent Survey



One month before schools are set to reopen and welcome back students to the classroom, Board of Education President Richard Barrera and Senator Toni Atkins will participate in a socially distanced walk-through tour of the newly rebuilt Hoover High School. 

District and state leaders will highlight the new facilities students will return to, as well as safety protocols and procedures the district and the state are implementing at all campuses in an effort to stop the spread of COVID-19. The district will also encourage parents to fill out the parent preference survey on reopening in time for the deadline Friday night. 


Friday, March 12, 2021 8:30 - 9:30 a.m. 



Herbert Hoover High School 4474 El Cajon Blvd. San Diego, CA 92115



8:30 - 8:40 a.m. - Board President Barrera and Senator Atkins remarks

8:40 - 9:20 a.m. - Classroom tour 

9:20 - 9:30 a.m. - Theater tour

Please note: Channel 8/KFMB has offered to be the pool camera for this tour. If you do not plan to use the pool camera, please notify Jamie Ries, Communications, at [email protected]. Media will be broken into groups to follow COVID-19 protocols. 


Representatives from Hoover and San Diego Unified will be available.     



San Diego Unified, the state’s second-largest school district, announced plans to return to in-person instruction the week of April 12, based in part on a regional agreement to start teacher vaccinations. A parent survey will help gauge family preferences for reopening.   The reopening plan applies to all grade levels and takes effect as soon as San Diego County drops back into the state’s Red Tier, teachers who wish to be vaccinated have had the opportunity to do so, and proper safety measures continue to be in place on every campus. All families have been asked to share their preferences for returning their students to in-person classroom instruction in a district survey that will end by close of business on March 12, 2021. 


Hoover High School New Theater and Classroom Building Project

The Hoover High new theater and classroom building project included construction of a three-story classroom building and a brand new theater and performing arts building.  The design is inspired by Spanish-style architecture and combines an old-fashioned schoolhouse concept with an energy-efficient modern design. The first floor of the new three-story classroom building is designed to accommodate school administrative staff, counselors, and support staff. The second and third floors provide ten classrooms each. The new building replaces the former auditorium, counseling and administration buildings, as well as 20 outdated modular classrooms from the campus annex area.  The new theater building provides an approximately 500-seat theater, theater support space, and instructional space.

The project also included reconfiguration of the main parking lot, courtyard improvements, and a student drop-off area.



Parent Preference Survey

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Jamie Ries, Facilities Communication Liaison, San Diego Unified 619-855-9283; [email protected]. This event is for professional journalists. Please confirm attendance in advance.