SMUSD closes all schools in an attempt to prevent the spread of COVID-19 in San Marcos


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On March 12, the San Marcos Unified School District (SMUSD) released a statement saying all extracurricular activities would be canceled until March 31, but on the morning of Friday, March 13, as students began their school day, they were informed of school closures across the district starting Monday, March 16.

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Schools are set to reopen on April 13, the day that students were supposed to return from their spring recess, but parents and students anticipate a formal statement that will be issued later today by the district confirming the plan of action. This is also subject to change as an extension could follow if the environment calls for more precaution.

The Silvertip will be posting updates regarding school closures throughout the day, but you can also find more updates from the San Diego county website.

The list of school districts that will be closed can be found on NBC 7 along with when they are scheduled to reopen. It reads as follows:

  • Alpine Union School District (through April 13)
  • Bonsall Unified School District (through April 6)
  • Borrego Springs Unified School District (through March 27)
  • Cajon Valley Union School District (through April 20)
  • Chula Vista Elementary School District (through April 3)
  • Coronado Unified School District (through April 3)
  • Dehesa School District (through April 17)
  • Encinitas Union School District (through April 10)
  • Escondido Union Elementary School District (through April 13)
  • Fallbrook Union Elementary School District (through April 10)
  • Fallbrook Union High School District (through April 10)
  • Grossmont Union High School District (through April 10)
  • Jamul-Dulzura Union School District (through April 20)
  • Julian Union Elementary School District (through April 3)
  • La Mesa-Spring Valley School District (through April 10)
  • Lakeside Union School District (through April 17)
  • Mountain Empire Unified School District (through April 13)
  • National School District
  • Oceanside Unified School District (through April 10)
  • Poway Unified School District (through April 3)
  • San Diego Unified School District (through April 6)
  • San Dieguito Union High School District (through March 27)
  • San Marcos Unified School District
  • San Pasqual Union School District (through April 13)
  • San Ysidro School District (through April 6 for staff and April 7 for students)
  • Solana Beach School District
  • South Bay Union School District (through April 3)
  • Sweetwater Union High School District (through April 3)
  • Vallecitos School District (through April 14)
  • Valley Center-Pauma Unified School District

Confirmed charter school closures:

  • MAAC Community Charter School (through April 3)
  • National University Academy – Dual Language Institute
  • San Diego Global Vision Academy (through April 6)

It is important to note that many communal gatherings may be postponed or canceled due to the public health orders made on March 12.

The San Diego County Public Health Officer issued orders prohibiting all public or private “large gatherings” and restricting all non-essential personnel from entry into any hospital or long-term care facility serving seniors.

Stay safe Grizzlies!


  • Correction: (3:16 p.m.) SMUSD schools will reopen on Monday, April 13, not on April 6 as originally stated in this article.
  • Update: (3:26 p.m.) The statement released by SMUSD Superintendent Dr. Carmen Garcia on was added to this article.
  • (3:29 p.m.) A reader poll was added.