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Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19)

CUSD schools are currently closed and distance learning will continue through June 4, 2020.  CUSD continues to closely monitor the situation regarding the 2019 novel coronavirus (COVID-19) while working with expert partner agencies to ensure we are providing our community with accurate and timely information. This resource page includes the most recent CUSD-related information, links to expert health agencies, District frequently asked questions (FAQ), and an archive of District communications. The District will continue to update our community as we have new information. CUSD staff checks for new COVID-19 information daily and will update the FAQs (see FAQs on the right) when new and confirmed information is provided from expert agencies. 

Latest Updates:
  • Update (April 16): Last night our Board of Trustees approved the school calendar that extends distance learning through June 4, 2020. During the discussion, it was acknowledged that each new day brings changes to our current COVID-19 challenges; however, based on state and local guidelines and restrictions in place at this moment, it appears unlikely at this time that we will reopen school campuses and classrooms. Depending on future updates from state and local agencies, and any changes to health agency guidelines and restrictions (from now until June 4), the Board may decide to reevaluate the calendar and options for distance or classroom learning. 

  • Update (April 2): In an effort to assist our students, families, teachers, staff, and administrators in preparing for the end of the school year, we have made the decision that CUSD Distance Learning will continue until further notice. Read the full story here.

  • Update (March 26): After a special Board meeting on March 25, the Capistrano Unified Board of Trustees voted to continue Distance Learning through Friday, May 1, 2020.

  • Update (March 17 at 8:00 p.m.): The March 18, 2020, Board of Trustee meeting will be live-streamed on our website. A special meeting will be held at 6:55 p.m., followed by the regular meeting at 7:00 p.m. The regular meeting will include a presentation on the District’s plans for communication, prevention, and intervention in response to the 2019 Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19). We are following all recommended guidelines regarding social distancing. If you wish to address the Board on any item, you may do so from the dais that will be located near the door. As we are limiting the number of individuals in the Boardroom and you may be required to wait outside.

  • Update from the Orange County Health Care Agency (March 15): There is now laboratory evidence of community transmission in Orange County, indicating that COVID-19 is likely spreading in the community. People aged 65 and older, and those with chronic health conditions (heart disease, diabetes, and lung disease) should stay home. All residents should practice good health hygiene which includes washing your hands, staying home if you are sick, avoiding close contact with people who are sick and covering your cough or sneeze with a tissue or your sleeve (not hands).
  • There are no confirmed cases of COVID-19 in CUSD schools. The Orange County Health Care Agency only notifies a school district if there is a confirmed case of COVID-19 who is a student or staff member. Please know that if there are any cases of COVID-19 in CUSD schools or facilities, CUSD will be informed by OCHCA and the District will take the necessary steps, under the guidance of OCHCA, to protect the health and safety of students, staff and those who visit our campuses.
  • Update (March 14 at 8:00 p.m.): During emergency closures of CUSD schools, lunch meals will be available to students starting Mon. Mar. 16. Drive-through meal service is available at select sites. Visit for more information.
  • Update (March 13 at 8:20 p.m.): After a special Board meeting on March 13, the Capistrano Unified Board of Trustees approved the closure of all District schools. Spring Recess is now scheduled next week, March 16 to 20, 2020. School will be closed for students for an additional two weeks from March 23 to April 3, 2020. We will schedule a Special Board Meeting for March 25, 2020, for the Board of Trustees to evaluate further plans. 
  • Update (March 13 at 1:20 p.m.): The Capistrano Unified School District Board of Trustees will hold a special meeting tonight, March 13, 2020. Staff will recommend that the Board of Trustees approve a resolution to close all District schools. We will provide an update after tonight’s meeting.
  • Update (March 12 at 3:49 p.m.): Effective today, CUSD is implementing the newly issued guidelines from the California Department of Public Health (CDPH). While these pertain to large gatherings of 250 people or more, this new guidance does not apply to activities such as attendance at regular school classes. Similar to all OC K-12 school districts, at this time, there is no recommendation for closing schools. Review here for more information.
  • Recently, the CDC expanded the self-quarantine guidelines by asking travelers, who have returned from a country with widespread transmission (including China, Iran, Italy, Japan and South Korea) to stay home for 14 days from the time they left the affected area.  For more information, review here.
  • CUSD has increased custodial crews, along with increased disinfection of surfaces like doorknobs, tables, desks, and handrails. Cleaning products are also available to all staff members. Hand sanitizer is also readily available at all school sites. While these measures already exist on our campuses, we want to reinforce and support good practices, which are key to preventing COVID-19 and other illnesses.
  • District staff is continuing to develop plans should the need to close schools arise. Such a directive would be done in coordination with the Orange County Health Care Agency and the Orange County Department of Education.
  • All CUSD students, families, and staff should practice good health hygiene which includes washing your hands, staying home if you are sick, avoiding close contact with people who are sick and covering your cough or sneeze with a tissue or your sleeve (not hands).