ALL PUSD SCHOOLS WILL BE CLOSED TO STUDENTS FROM MONDAY, MARCH 16 UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE
FOR THE VERY LATEST INFORMATION ON 2019 NOVEL CORONAVIRUS (COVID-19) PLEASE VISIT THE SAN DIEGO COUNTY HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES AGENCY WEBSITE
April 5, 2020
We couldn't have asked for a smoother Chromebook distribution event April 2-3. Thanks to PUSD staff volunteers and the hard work of our Technology and Innovation Department, we distributed over 6,000 devices to PUSD families who requested them in preparation for our soft launch of distance learning.
As you know, tomorrow (April 6) marks the first day of Distance Learning for #PowayUnified. We know many students are excited to see classmates, teachers, and get back into a routine. That's why we created these 'First Day of Distance Learning' signs, so you can share your virtual learning experience with us on social media. To get started:
1. Download any of the photos below
2. Tag us (@PowayUnified) to share on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter
3. Use the hashtag #PUSDistanceLearning
4. *For privacy reasons, please do not share images of your child's device screen if it has other classmates on it.*
You or your child can hold these signs up for your first day of distance learning. We can't wait to see everyone's experience, and wish you all the best on your (virtual) first day.
March 31, 2020
Dear PUSD Families,
As conditions surrounding COVID-19 continue to progress, it is our mission to continue to inform our community in a timely manner. This includes any updates to our emergency school closure timeline. As I mentioned in my last email to you, while we had hoped to re-open our schools by April 6, that is no longer realistic, given the continued spread of COVID-19 in our city, county, state, and country.
Over the weekend, the President announced that social distancing guidelines should extend through April 30. Additionally, Governor Newsom’s “stay at home” order remains in place. In a meeting today, all San Diego County superintendents agreed that schools and school districts need to remain closed until further notice to help slow the spread of COVID-19. This joint decision is supported by the San Diego County Public Health Department and the San Diego County Superintendent of Schools. At this time, we do not have an estimated date of return. I know that school districts in other counties have indicated they will be closed through May 1. I believe it is safe to assume the school closures here in San Diego County will be extended at least until the end of the month. San Diego County is choosing to keep the closures open-ended because the COVID-19 situation is changing and developing so rapidly. Thus, we are assessing the closure timeline on a weekly basis, and we will bring you any future updates as soon as they are available. If circumstances permit us to reopen schools, you will be given as much advance notice as possible.
We realize the huge impact this public health crisis is having on everyone - parents, students, staff, and our community. We want our students back in school as soon as possible, but not at the risk of their health and safety.
Please see the following updates, given the extension of our emergency school closures:
- Free meal distribution will continue every week during the closures, including Spring Break. Lunch and Breakfast are served together, Monday through Friday, 11:00 am to 1:00 pm at these 12 sites: Del Norte High School, Los Penasquitos Elementary School, Meadowbrook Middle School, Midland Elementary School, Mt. Carmel High School, Pomerado Elementary School, Poway High School, Rancho Bernardo High School, Twin Peak Middle School, Valley Elementary School, Westview High School, Westwood Elementary School.
- Students who do not have access to a device must fill out the Device Checkout Form by April 1 at 12:00 pm. For those who have completed the Device Checkout form in advance, students can pick up a Chromebook from their school site using their student ID number on April 2 between 9:00 am and 12:00 pm. Please see assigned pick up windows and additional information and requirements here.
- Families without internet access should take advantage of these internet resources provided by the San Diego County Office of Education before next week.
- Distance Learning is launching Monday, April 6. You will receive additional communication from your school principal this week, including FAQs, student expectations and parents as partners. This is considered a soft launch to allow us to continue to work through any challenges or issues prior to the scheduled Spring Break, so that we are ready to fully embark on distance learning for an extended period of time beginning April 20.
- We ask for your patience and grace as we start a new chapter in public education. There may be a huge learning curve for all those navigating distance learning for the first time. Please work with your child’s teacher, keeping in mind that we ALL want what’s best for your child and to ensure a successful distance learning experience for everyone.
Again, we cannot stress enough how important it is for families to remain at home except for essential activities until further notice. Please continue to practice the guidance provided by Public Health Officers including:
- Social distancing (stay at least 6 feet apart from others outside your home)
- Washing hands often with soap and water
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth
- Do not leave your home if you are feeling sick
- Contact your healthcare provider if you are experiencing any symptoms such as fever, cough, or difficulty breathing
- Engage in regular exercise or physical activity
With the extension of school closures, we want to remind the community that school campuses are closed to the public. In collaboration with city and county agencies, we are requesting that community members do not come onto school campuses, which includes play structures, blacktop spaces, and fields.
VIRTUAL BOARD MEETING
- The next regularly scheduled meeting of the PUSD Board of Education, on Thursday, April 23 at 6 pm, will be conducted online to adhere to social distancing guidelines. Details will be posted on our website powayusd.com.
I am grateful for the staff and families who have demonstrated their unwavering commitment in support of our 36,500 students in Poway Unified, while trying to maintain a sense of routine and optimism through these exceptionally challenging days and weeks ahead. I am so grateful to be a part of this most resilient community.
Take care of each other,
Marian Kim Phelps, Ed.D.
Superintendent, Poway Unified School District
District Instructional Plan and Timeline
March 13-March 27
Phase 1: Optional Learning
(No formal instruction, teachers connecting with students and families over Optional Learning Resources, technology distribution to teachers and students)
Teacher training and professional development
||March 30-April 3
Phase 2: Optional Learning
Teacher training and professional development
Teachers reach out to students to assess readiness and preparation to move to Distance Learning
Phase 3: Soft Launch Distant Learning
Phase 4: Continue Distance Learning
(Based on guidelines from the State)
IMPORTANT: MEAL DISTRIBUTION CHANGES
Starting Monday, March 23rd, PUSD will be consolidating meal service. From 11am to 1pm Monday through Friday, we will now be offering lunch and breakfast together. We hope that this will be more convenient for our families, allowing students to have one pick up time that includes both lunch and breakfast for the following day. This decision was based on feedback from our families as well as the data collected from the actual number of meals distributed this week.
These meals are free for anyone 18 years or younger in our community or for any PUSD Transition student 22 years or younger, but we ask that students needing meals be physically present for an accurate count. The meals will be available at the following 12 centralized school sites; please drive up or walk up to the site nearest you:
- Del Norte High School (16601 Nighthawk Lane, San Diego, CA 92127)
- Los Penasquitos Elementary School (14125 Cuca St., 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 Rd, 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)
- Valley Elementary School (13000 Bowron Rd, Poway, CA 92064)
- Westview High School (13500 Camino Del Sur, San Diego, CA 92129)
- Westwood Elementary School (17449 Matinal Rd, San Diego, CA 92127)
PAST CORRESPONDENCES Concerning COVID-19 disruptions: