San Diego County is still on the state watchlist. There are five metrics the state monitors that can put a county on the watchlist. Right now, the only metric our county is not meeting is that our 14-day case rate must be 100 per 100,000 or less, as measured from date of illness onset with a three-day lag.
What this means for Mater Dei is that once San Diego is off the watch list for 14 consecutive days, we can begin to resume in-person instruction on campus. Since we are still on the watch list, we will be starting the school year online with 100% distance learning. I understand that this is not what many of you wanted to hear. Please understand that we are following both the guidance of the California Department of Public Health as well as the San Diego County Public Health Order.
We do expect in the not so distant future that San Diego will drop off the monitoring list and we will be able to resume in-person instruction on campus 14 days later. Our goal is to return to in-person instruction as soon as we are permitted to do so. Of course we will continue to give families the option to remain in 100% distance learning if they would prefer to do so. Mr. Stingo and Mr. Rey will continue to provide you with updates on our status at least weekly. For the last few months, we have been planning for the possibility that we would be required to begin the school year online. Our faculty has been in professional development in preparation for both hybrid and online teaching platforms.
Our leadership team along with our partners from Aramark are working hard each day to ensure a safe return to campus once we are permitted to do so. In the next week we will be releasing our Re-opening Plan and our COVID-19 Prevention Plan for when we are permitted to return to campus.
Thank you for your continued support during these challenging times. We understand that you have options for your son or daughter’s education. We are committed to providing the best educational experience possible to each of your children in light of the current environment. Our leadership team has been working throughout the summer to prepare for all possibilities and we have made significant investments to both our technology and distance learning platform as well as the safety of our campus. As challenging as these times may seem, we need to take solace in the fact that this will all pass at some point and we will return to normal campus life at Mater Dei. Please continue to be safe as there are parts of our county where case rates continue to rise.