School Operations FAQ's


School Operating Conditions for 2021 - 2022

What will schools look like for the 2021- 22 school year?
The Etiwanda School District will reopen schools for full-time in-person learning for the 2021-2022 school year. Schools will follow required safety guidance in addition to any new legislation related to school operations. 

Are students required to wear face coverings?
Students and staff are required to wear face coverings while indoors. Face coverings are optional when outdoors.

Is it true that schools can choose whether or not to follow health guidance?
No, school districts are required by law to follow health orders released through the California Department of Public Health.

Where can families access a complete list of COVID-19 Safety Protocols?
The complete list of COVID-19 health and safety protocols can be accessed on the 2021-2022 schools operations page of the district website or by clicking HERE.

How can parents/guardians determine whether a student should remain home or be sent to school each day?
Families are asked to conduct a health screening each day. Please refer to the district's COVID-19 Protocols to determine whether a child should remain home.

Will students have access to school meals on weekdays?
 Yes, during the 2021-2022 school year, all students attending on-campus schools are eligible for free school lunches.

Will band still be an option for 5th-8th grade students? Yes, the ESD band program will continue. Specific details about the program will be shared through school sites.

What are my options if I do not want my child to attend in-person learning? The Etiwanda School District continues to offer the EASE Independent Study program for the 2021-22 school year. Please visit the EASE website for more information.

Will start and end times change?



Start Time

End Time

All Elementary Schools


8:15 AM

2:45 PM

All Intermediate Schools


8:00 AM

2:30 PM


Please visit our School Hours page on our website for more detailed information. 

Will bussing be available? Families are encouraged to visit our transportation page on our district website for the most up-to-date information on bus availability. 

When will volunteers be permitted to return to campus? Unfortunately, volunteers are not  permitted on campus as we continue to take measures to mitigate the spread of COVID-19. Families will be notified of any changes to volunteer status.


EASE Independent Study

For the most up-to-date and accurate information, please visit our EASE Independent Study website.
What is EASE Independent Study?

In the program, the parent acts as a Learning Coach who facilitates progress through the online lessons. Suggested weekly lesson plans are provided and update automatically as the child progresses. The lesson plans can be varied to accommodate the child's pace or abilities. A wide array of practical advice, tips, and substantial support are always available through Students and families regularly meet with an Etiwanda EASE teacher to discuss progress and review standards mastery.

What is the two instructional pathways that EASE offers? 
Etiwanda families enrolled in the EASE program will have the option of choosing between a traditional or enhanced independent study style. Please visit our EASE website to learn more about these two different pathways.

What are some of the benefits of EASE Independent Study?

This model provides flexible at-home study for families not able to send their children to school and allows for flexible assignment completion since virtual class times are not scheduled. Due to the nature of online school, there will be no interruption to learning in Independent Study if schools need to close again.

Are there any additional documents that families interested in the EASE Independent Study need to complete prior to beginning the school year?

Yes, families need to complete the EASE Independent Study Participation Agreement (updated version available soon). To access this electronic form please visit the EASE Independent Study website and select the EASE Enrollment icon at the bottom of the page.

Are there additional considerations for students who have an Individualized Education Plan (IEP)?

Yes, if a student is receiving Special Education services such as Speech, RSP, or SDC an IEP team meeting will need to be held in coordination with the EASE Specialized Academic Instructor prior to enrollment in EASE Independent Study.

Do families interested in EASE Independent Study need to complete an intra-district transfer?

Yes, an intra-district transfer is necessary to request a school transfer from the student’s current school to EASE. Transfers are approved based upon space availability. This form is available on the EASE Independent Study  website.

Will students enrolled in EASE Independent Study remain affiliated with their school of residence?

No, students will be enrolled in EASE Independent Study; however, families may transition their child(ren) back to their resident school at anytime.

Are immunizations still required for students enrolled in Independent Study?
Yes, immunization requirements are for school entry, and students enrolled in EASE Independent Study must have all required immunizations.

What grading scale is used in EASE Independent Study?

Students in transitional kindergarten through 5th grade will earn Pass/Fail grades.  Students in 6th-8th grade will earn letter grades (A,B,C,D,F) in the core subject areas of Math, Language Arts, Social Studies, and Science.

How long will EASE Independent Study be offered?

EASE Independent Study has been an option for families who reside within Etiwanda School District boundaries and desire an at-home, flexible learning model since 2005 and will continue to be offered indefinitely.

Are there any additional supports provided for students in EASE Independent Study?

Optional virtual tutoring lab sessions are available for students.


What is the latest information available about the number of COVID-19 cases in San Bernardino County?
A dashboard has been developed to show the latest information available.  Click HERE to access the dashboard.

What community resources are available to San Bernardino County residents during the COVID-19 crisis?

A list of resources that provides information about COVID-19 related advice, unemployment services, and emergency food assistance has been compiled by the University of California. Click HERE to access the list.

What conversation should parents have with their children at home, especially if they are feeling anxious or worried?

Understandably, we are all worried and concerned.  We are committed to keeping you informed and working together through this challenging situation. Families may find the following link, from the National Association of School Psychologists helpful to address Talking to Children about COVID-19.


What is social distancing?

Social distancing is deliberately increasing the physical space between people to avoid spreading illness. A few examples of social distancing are working from home instead of at the office (if possible), visiting loved ones by electronic devices instead of in-person and canceling/postponing meetings or events. Maragakis, Lisa L. “Coronavirus, Social Distancing and Self Quarantine.” Hopkins Medicine,


Why is social distancing important?

Social distancing is important because it helps slow down the spread of disease allowing the health care system to more readily care for patients over time. Maragakis, Lisa L. “Coronavirus, Social Distancing and Self Quarantine.” Hopkins Medicine,

Are mental health services available for my child?

Etiwanda School District Counselors and Psychologists can assist families in accessing wellness information. Click HERE for more information.

Mental health services are also available through the Student Assistance Program.  Click HERE to view information about the Student Assistance Program.