District Updates for Secondary Reopening

Letter from Tiffany Interim Superintendent 3/3/2021

Good evening SMUSD Families,

Last night the SMUSD Governing Board held their regularly scheduled meeting. We thank all who provided feedback/input prior to the meeting and thank all who were able to view last night and offer comments. Please see below for a brief summary of the meeting and direct access to the presentation slides (also available on the district website).

County Updates and Secondary Reopening

COVID-19 metrics continue to trend downward in the County. The case rate as of Tuesday is 10.8; we are ever so close to the red tier. If metrics continue to trend downward, the following chart offers our timeline for middle and high schools to reopen in-person learning.


Data from

Projected Case Rate

March 9


7/100k or below ( 1st week or “red” metric)

March 16

2/28 - 3/3

7/100k or below (2nd week of “red’ metric)

March 22

Secondary return to campus

Secondary parents/guardians, please review this document for additional information to prepare for your student’s return to campus.

Highlights from Board Actions

  • President Carlson introduced the Board’s resolution to commit to anti-racism and equitable practices. Tied to the resolution is an Equity Board policy that was also introduced last night. In her comments President Carlson noted that while the resolution and Board policy are important first steps, what is most important is the hard work to follow. It is exciting to see that our Board is committed to connecting action to the words.

  • Barry Zeait was officially approved as the new principal of San Elijo Middle School. An 18 year veteran of our school district serving as a teacher, ASB director, and assistant principal at San Marcos High School, Mr. Zeait will be a wonderful addition to the SEMS’ staff.  

  • In very exciting news the Board authorized funding for the modernization of Richland Elementary School. It has truly been a “long time coming” for the students, staff, and community of Richland; I look forward to seeing this long-term goal finally come to fruition.

  • Lastly, the Board approved the district 2nd Interim Budget and Fiscal Stabilization Plan. This approval was connected to the very difficult authorization of preliminary layoff notices to certificated, classified, and management staff. These decisions are not easy as the Board looks to balance academic and programmatic needs with long term fiscal stability.  

On March 22nd there will be a Special Meeting of the Governing Board at 4:00 pm; the next regularly scheduled meeting will be April 20th at 6:30 pm.  

We thank you for your continued support of SMUSD.


Tiffany Campbell, Ed.D.

Interim Superintendent

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