Middle and high school students of Newport Mesa Unified have not returned to school, unlike the district’s original plan to return to schools on October 12. 

An emergency meeting was scheduled on Thursday, October 8, to discuss the delay of school openings. 

During the meeting it was decided to transition to hybrid-in-person instruction no later than December 17

Voice of OC states that board members voted 5-1 to delay the reopening. 

Selected comments from about 1,000 emails from the public to the district were given a 30 minute time period to be read, says the Voice of OC.

Superintendent Russell Lee-Sung clarified that factors leading to the delay related to the balancing of class sizes and cohorts, hiring more teachers, as well as the decrease of instructional time in the hybrid schedule. 

A notice was posted online from the district apologizing for the impact they had on parents, families, students, and staff.