Poway Unified School District (PUSD)
School Reopening

Secondary Reopening Update (from the November 12, 2020 Board of Education Meeting)

Dear PUSD Middle and High School Families,
Last week, the Board of Education met to discuss PUSD’s secondary school reopening plans following San Diego County moving into the purple, or more restrictive tier, due to rising COVID-19 cases. 
Despite our best efforts, the worsening public health conditions forced the Board to revise our middle and high school reopening plans for a slower, more measured approach, opening to all on-campus students after winter break. PUSD’s phased-in reopening for secondary will include:

  - Now through January, all middle and high schools will continue with the current model of virtual learning while:

  • Purposefully increasing the numbers of students on campus through expanding small groups
  • Increasing pilot classes utilizing the concurrent or simultaneous teaching model on campus 
  • Refining virtual learning with input from students 
  - All middle and high school teachers and staff return to work on campus; teaching virtually from campus beginning November 30.

  - All middle and high school teachers will be trained on the simultaneous/concurrent model.

  - All secondary schools will open by January 19, utilizing the concurrent/simultaneous model with the following schedule for students who chose the on-campus option:
  • Students attend on-campus 2 days/week
  • Students receive 2 days/week virtual instruction
  • Fridays will be asynchronous learning

The Board felt this plan best addressed many people’s health and safety concerns as case rates rise in San Diego County, while still allowing for students and staff to be on campus in a gradual approach before fully reopening. Please remember to exercise caution as we approach the holidays. Wear a face covering, keep a safe distance from others, avoid close contact with those not in your immediate family, and wash your hands. 
Thank you for your patience.

You can view the full slide presentation and board discussion video below.

Reopening Update (San Diego moved back to purple tier - November 10, 2020)

Dear PUSD Families,
Today the State of California announced it is moving San Diego County to the “purple” or more restrictive reopening tier due to an increase in the county’s COVID-19 case rate. There has been much discussion and wondering about whether that means local schools can remain open or continue reopening for on-campus learning. 
Yes, PUSD schools will be allowed to stay open, and PUSD can continue moving forward with our phased reopening plans. This is due to the fact that Poway Unified had already reopened all of our campuses to various in-person instructional programs, small groups, and hybrid schedules while the county was still in the red, or less restrictive tier. Other schools in San Diego County that have not yet reopened, however, cannot reopen until December 16 at the earliest.
Each of our secondary schools has shared their customized reopening plans and timelines with their school communities. These plans will be presented to the Board of Education on Thursday for approval. We will continue to provide updates as we move forward with our safe and thoughtful reopening of schools. Please do your part in stopping the spread of COVID-19 in our community – our collective efforts can help us open our schools and keep them open!
The Poway Unified School District

Secondary Reopening Update (from the October 15, 2020 Board of Education Meeting)

At the October 15, 2020, Board of Education meeting, the Board held a lengthy discussion around the challenges of reopening PUSD's secondary schools with the initially proposed AM/PM schedules for middle school and A/B schedules for high school. You can view the full slide presentation and board discussion video below this update. Despite site team collaboration, problem solving, and planning since July, both options require the complete reorganization of master schedules, disruptions and challenges for students’ and teachers’ course assignments, including some students not having the courses required for graduation or access to key programs such as AVID or CTE, and the need for significantly more staffing than PUSD could afford. Additionally, the commitments from our staff and families, whether on campus or virtual, have changed significantly due to fluctuating public health conditions and family situations. 

The PUSD Board acknowledged the social and emotional toll the pandemic and virtual learning has had on our students, and the urgency to get students back on our campuses this Fall, while preserving courses, schedules, and on-campus/virtual preferences for both students and teachers. The Board also acknowledged that each middle and high school would need to customize their own reopening plans based on unique site needs vs. a one-size-fits-all approach across the District. PUSD staff suggested an additional option that would not disrupt the hard work and relationships or students and teachers have already built.

This has led PUSD to pilot the concurrent or simultaneous model, which is essentially where the teacher is teaching students virtually and in person at the same time. The goal is increase teacher knowledge and understanding of this model, which provides one lesson in two simultaneous environments. Please watch the video of the model being piloted at Del Norte High School: https://youtu.be/RM9zhUASwbU

The Board approved the following steps towards implementing this model:

  • Secondary students remain virtual for the time being, but all teachers who are able, return to campus to teach virtually from their on-campus classrooms to become familiar with health and safety protocols and on site technology
  • Encourage more teachers at every secondary site to pilot the concurrent/simultaneous model, working with their Principal and Technology & Innovation Department
  • Schools provide on campus supervised support during the school day for highest need learners
  • Continue to expand different groups/cohorts/clubs coming onto campus
  • Secondary sites continue to collaboratively develop plans for on-campus learning, and reopen their sites based on their grading periods and uniquely developed models
  • Secondary principals to hold community forums on reopening planning the week of October 26
  • All secondary sites reopening plans will be presented to the School Board for approval on November 12
You can view the full slide presentation and board discussion video below.

FREE School Meal Information (Monday, October 12, 2020 Update)

PUSD School Meals continue to be FREE to all students enrolled in PUSD and any PUSD Transition student up to age 22.

*NOTE: As of October 12, all elementary schools that have reopened to on campus instruction have their own lunch distribution procedures and times for students attending their school, whether in person or virtually.

For all other PUSD families, Food and Nutrition has two meal pick-up times every school day at the seven locations listed below.  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 seven school sites listed at the time most convenient for them. Students do not need an ID to pick up a meal. Parents/guardians may pick up meals if their student is not present, but must fill out a Parent Meal Pickup Certification Form and return it to the location where all meals will be picked up.  Free breakfast and lunch meals will be available at the following school sites:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Some food items in the Grab-and-Go Meals may require heating in the microwave. Click here for heating instructions.

Elementary Reopening Update (Friday, September 25, 2020)

At its September 24 meeting, the Board of Education reaffirmed Poway Unified’s plans to reopen elementary schools on October 1 and October 12 for those families who chose in-person learning. Those families who chose virtual learning will continue fully virtual. You will be hearing directly from your school sites on specific details as we gear up for the reopening our campuses.

*IF YOU ARE RETURNING IN PERSON* all families are required to read and sign a health and safety agreement. Please print the form, fill it out, and your site principal will share how to return the form to your school.

In the meantime, this video highlights the health and safety measures we have put into place for a safe return to on-campus, in-person learning at our Poway Unified elementary schools. Please watch this video and share it with your children so they become familiar with the new protocols in place to protect our students and staff.

We also ask that you review these two flyers with our Mask-Wearing Guidelines and Handwashing Guidelines.

Click to view the 09-24-20 board presentation and board discussion video (scroll to 53:55)

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:



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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