Poway Unified School District (PUSD)
School Reopening

Elementary Reopening Update (Wednesday, September 16, 2020)

The following 10 elementary schools will open on Thursday, October 1 with an AM/PM schedule, for those who chose in-person instruction:

  • Canyon View Elementary School

  • Highland Ranch Elementary School

  • Morning Creek Elementary School

  • Painted Rock Elementary School

  • Pomerado Elementary School

  • Shoal Creek Elementary School

  • Sundance Elementary School

  • Sunset Hills Elementary School

  • Turtleback Elementary

  • Westwood Elementary School 


The remaining 16 elementary schools will open on Monday, October 12 with an AM/PM schedule, for those who chose in-person instruction:

  • Adobe Bluffs Elementary School

  • Chaparral Elementary School

  • Creekside Elementary School

  • Design39Campus

  • Deer Canyon Elementary School

  • Del Sur Elementary School

  • Garden Road Elementary School

  • Los Penasquitos Elementary School

  • Midland Elementary School

  • Monterey Ridge Elementary School

  • Park Village Elementary School

  • Rolling Hills Elementary School

  • Stone Ranch Elementary School

  • Tierra Bonita Elementary School

  • Valley Elementary School

  • Willow Grove Elementary School 

Please look for follow-up communications from your school site for more details and next steps. A sample of an AM/PM elementary schedule can be viewed here.

Any elementary families who chose the virtual learning option, will remain fully virtual. Secondary schools, except Abraxas, will remain in virtual learning, at least through November. Abraxas High School will open on Thursday, October 8 with an A/B schedule, for those who chose in-person instruction.

For students receiving special education services, some classes and services will resume in-person earlier than your school’s opening date, as early as September 24. If your child is among those returning early, you will receive a separate communication. If you do not receive notice that your child is returning early, you will return to campus on the same opening date as your school mentioned above: October 1, October 8, or October 12.

In the meantime, we ask for your assistance in preparing your children for a successful return to campus. Please review the following CDC resources with your children and have them practice washing their hands properly and wearing a mask for longer periods of time:

As we have previously stated, PUSD is requiring all students Preschool through 12th grade wear masks at school, to provide increased protection for staff and students and prevent the spread of COVID-19 once our schools reopen.

Board-Approved Reopening Plan Update (Thursday, September 10, 2020)

On September 1, 2020 the County of San Diego amended public health orders to allow for schools to begin reopening for in-person instruction.

At the September 10, 2020 meeting of the Board of Education, Board Members approved an updated version of Poway Unified School District’s 2020-21 Reopening Plan.

The updated plan, which can be viewed below, includes a phased-in approach:

-Students who receive special education services. After September 24, on campus, in-person special education services and on campus, in person instruction for small groups of students can resume.
-The first group of elementary schools will reopen with AM/PM schedules on October 1
-Abraxas High School will open with an A/B schedule on October 8
-The remaining elementary schools will open with AM/PM schedules on October 12

We will share which elementary schools are in the October 1 reopening group and the October 12 reopening group as soon as possible with our staff and families. Please note, that a fully virtual option will continue to be available for all families who chose this option.

Additionally, middle and high school students will continue virtual learning at least through the first grading period, but the Board is allowing for small groups of middle and high school students to return on campus for targeted learning support, social emotional groups, special education services, and co-curricular and extra-curricular activities. At the September 24 Board Meeting, staff will present additional details for the next phase of reopening secondary schools after collaborating with our site leaders, employee groups, teachers, and staff.

The Board also approved requiring ALL students Preschool through 12thgrade to wear masks when returning to campus. This will provide increased protection for students and staff as well as their families and our community. As with most San Diego County Districts that are reopening, this added safety requirement will increase the probability for us to keep classrooms and schools open, instead of repeatedly shutting down due to the spread of COVID-19. This maintains consistency and learning continuity for our students. You can view our updated mask policy in our Reopening Guidebook 2.0.

We will share additional details as they emerge.

You can view the presentation and board discussion in the video below:


School Meal Information (Thursday, September 3, 2020 Update)

PUSD Student Meals are now FREE, with two convenient pickup times
Effective immediately, this is a notice that PUSD’s Food and Nutrition Department will be providing FREE meals to all children in the community 18 years and younger and any PUSD Transition students up to age 22. PUSD received notice just this week from the USDA, that school meals can once again be offered at no cost until further notice. 
Additionally, to make meal service more convenient for families, Food and Nutrition has expanded the schedule for meals to be picked up two times every school day.  Breakfast and lunch meals are available for pick-up Monday through Friday from 7:00 a.m. to 8:30 a.m. and 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.  Students may pick up breakfast and lunch meals (together) from any of the 12 school sites at the time most convenient for them. Students do not need to be present to pick up meals but parents/guardians must provide evidence they have children 18 years or younger in the community for meal accountability.  We hope that this will be more convenient for our families, allowing students to have two pick up times that includes both lunch and breakfast for the following day.  Free breakfast and lunch meals will be available at the following school sites:

  • Del Norte High School (16601 Nighthawk Lane, San Diego, CA 92127)

  • Los Penasquitos Elementary School (14125 Cuca Street, San Diego, CA 92129)

  • Meadowbrook Middle School (12320 Meadowbrook Lane, Poway CA 92064)

  • Midland Elementary School (13910 Midland Road, Poway, CA 92064)

  • Mt. Carmel High School (9550 Carmel Mountain Road, San Diego, CA 92129)

  • Pomerado Elementary School (12321 Ninth Street, Poway, CA 92064)

  • Poway High School (5500 Espola Road, Poway, CA 92064)

  • Rancho Bernardo High School (13010 Paseo Lucido, San Diego, CA 92128)

  • Turtleback Elementary School (15855 Turtleback Road, San Diego 92127)

  • Twin Peaks Middle School (14640 Tierra Bonita Road, Poway, CA 92064)

  • Valley Elementary School (13000 Bowron Road, Poway, CA 92064)

  • Westview High School (13500 Camino Del Sur, San Diego, CA 92129)

Board-Approved Reopening Plan Update (Thursday, August 13, 2020)

At the August 13, 2020 meeting of the Board of Education, Board Members approved an updated version of Poway Unified School District’s 2020-21 Reopening Plan, which was originally adopted at the June 25, 2020 meeting.

The updated plan, which can be viewed below, includes:

  • September 2nd fully virtual start
  • the adjusted student calendar
  • new grading periods
  • sample virtual learning schedules
  • technology support
  • professional development

Since June, new State and County guidelines, mandates, metrics, and public health conditions have resulted in many revisions to PUSD’s reopening plan. For example, on August 4, San Diego County presented K12 Superintendents with this 28-day timeline (14 days to get off the watch list + 14 days waiting period) for reopening schools.  On August 7, the County presented K12 Superintendents with this revised timeline (3 days to get off the watch list + 14 days waiting period) for reopening schools.

  • As a result of the constant changes, and the desire to avoid further uncertainty for our staff and families planning for the Fall, the Board approved the updated reopening plan to start the school year fully virtual on September 2 – with the option of reassessing at its next meeting when and how to physically reopen schools if San Diego County allows schools to safely reopen before December (after the 3 days to get off the monitoring list + 14 days of good metrics).
  • The Board also expressed interest in reopening elementary schools sooner than secondary schools. In order to maintain continuity and avoid disruption for secondary students in the middle of a grading period, the Board would like to wait to reopen middle and high schools until after the end of a grading period. Elementary schools, however, could possible reopen sooner as feasible.

You can view the presentation and board discussion in the video below:

Reopening update 

Videos of LiveStream Reopening Q&As

As information changes or is updated, we will add the very latest to this page. Thank you for your patience as we continue to plan for the reopening of schools in these uncertain times.


View the Reopening Guidebook here:

Reopening Guidebook 2.0 09-10-20 Guía de reapertura escolar 2.0

View Frequently Asked Questions here (Updated 7-24-20):

Updated School Reopening FAQs / Preguntas frecuentes en Español

Sample Schedules (for virtual learning):

PUSD Virtual Learning Academy Framework

Below you can find the reopening plan slide presentation, accompanied by a video explanation from the June 25 Board of Education meeting (01:46:04 to 01:58:07). This presentation was a high level overview, so please review the Frequently Asked Questions above as well. The FAQ includes more detailed information on health and safety protocols and specifics around both options.

View the slide presentation here: 

School Reopening 2020-2021 PowerPoint y en Español aquí

View the Board presentation video below:


If you have additional questions that were not answered in the FAQs, please submit them on this FAQs form. While we cannot answer every question individually, we will be updating our FAQs with additional answers based on the questions we receive.

District Office Reopening:



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