Student Support Services

Coronavirus-COVID-19 updates



For the latest information on School Re-opening please visit this webpage.

*The most current message from Superintendent Phelps is posted here. All previous messages have been archived and can be found by scrolling to the bottom of the page.*

June 11, 2020

Dear PUSD Families,
This final week of the school year has been a mixture of celebration and bittersweet emotions as we bring a close to this challenging and unprecedented year. This is not how we anticipated or hoped our school year would end, but I’m very proud of how our staff and students made the most of the situation, especially for our graduating and promoting students. I appreciated how our schools were able to pull off such personal and unique drive-thru parades and videos. I loved witnessing the joy and excitement displayed by students as they returned to their schools in celebration of their achievements and accomplishments, along with their fellow classmates, teachers, staff, and administrators.

California’s School Reopening Guidelines

This week, the California Department of Education and the California Department of Public Health released guidelines on how to safely reopen schools. As it stands now, the guidelines include recommendations such as temperature checks, frequent hand washing, cleaning of surfaces, students maintaining physical distance, and staff or students wearing masks or face shields when physical distance is not practical. The guidelines illustrate different school schedule scenarios that may be taken into consideration as districts develop their plans to reopen schools. It is important to note that this guidance is interim. These guidelines and considerations are based on the best available public health data at this time. Thus, they can change and be updated at any time. As you can imagine, the fluidity of the guidelines and the rapidly changing information, makes the planning for the safe reopening of our schools a logistical challenge for a district our size.

So what does this mean for Poway Unified? Ultimately, school districts must abide by and follow the county health department guidelines. We will work alongside the San Diego County Public Health Department and San Diego County Office of Education to create a plan to safely reopen schools in the Fall. The County of San Diego has revised health orders which allows schools to reopen as of June 12, 2020. Knowing that this was imminent, PUSD created a school reopening committee which has met several times to begin analyzing potential scenarios while considering safety measures that need to be in place. As businesses in our state and county continue to reopen, we expect guidelines for schools to continue loosening as well.  We will communicate regularly as we learn new information over the summer.


What is the Plan for Fall 2020?

With 59% of families stating in our last survey that they would like students to return full time in the Fall, our goal is to bring our students and staff back to school to the fullest extent possible within the guidelines. According to the survey, we also are aware that 41% of our families prefer either a blended or fully virtual learning option to continue.  

As of now, we are planning for multiple scenarios. However, you can imagine how complicated it is to plan for the details of each of these scenarios. Thus, our staff will continue to plan and present various options to the Board and community as they are developed, keeping in mind that plans can dramatically change as we near the start of the school year in August. As plans start to solidify, parents will have the opportunity to select their final preferences via a second survey. Those options will likely be either full in-person instruction for those who would like to return to school or fully virtual instruction for those who would like to stay home. The District has analyzed various blended learning models (partially in-person and partially virtual), and at this time, they do not appear to be viable for Districtwide implementation. The blended learning model may be implemented on a smaller scale for specific programs. One thing we know for certain: the school year will start as scheduled on August 19 (July 16 for Abraxas and August 1 for Valley).

Summer Programs

Next week, our Extended Student Services (ESS) summer camps are opening in-person with several modifications: including smaller adult to student ratios, temperature checks, frequent hand washing and sanitization of surfaces, more outdoor, open air time, physical distancing when possible, and limited interaction between classes. Staff will be wearing masks or face shields, but face coverings are optional for students. The implementation of this program with smaller groups of students, will help us with our planning and preparations for the reopening of our schools. Tomorrow, registration for our in-person Youth Enrichment Summer Camps opens online via the Poway Adult School website, and their safety procedures will mirror our ESS programs. 

This worldwide pandemic was life-changing for all of us, especially our children. They had to adjust, overcome, build resilience, and persevere through it all. We are building stronger, action-minded future leaders for our world. We came together as a community to ensure that our schools, even virtually, could still set an example for other districts to follow. I am proud of all that we have achieved together and were able to accomplish, in spite of how the school year had to end. I look forward to the reopening of our schools, and wish you and your family a safe and happy summer. 


Marian Kim Phelps, Ed.D.


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

3 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


April 6-10

Phase 3: Soft Launch Distant Learning



April 13-17

Spring Break

6+ April 20- June 11

Phase 4: Continue Distance Learning

(Transition to Credit/No Credit Grading)


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. Free meal service will end on the last day of school, June 11.

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: 

06-11-2020 Year End District Message

06-11-2020 Year End District Message MANDARIN

06-11-2020 Year End District Message SPANISH

06-04-2020 Results of School Opening Survey

06-04-2020 Results of School Opening Survey MANDARIN

06-04-2020 Results of School Opening Survey SPANISH

05-28-2020 Coronavirus Update

05-28-2020 Coronavirus Update MANDARIN

05-28-2020 Coronavirus Update SPANISH

05-21-2020 Coronavirus Update

05-21-2020 Coronavirus Update MANDARIN

05-21-2020 Coronavirus Update SPANISH

05-14-2020 Coronavirus Update

05-14-2020 Coronavirus Update MANDARIN

05-14-2020 Coronavirus Update SPANISH

04-29-2020 Coronavirus Update

04-29-2020 Coronavirus Update MANDARIN

04-29-2020 Coronavirus Update SPANISH

04-23-2020 Coronavirus Update

04-23-2020 Coronavirus Update SPANISH

04-23-2020 Coronavirus Update MANDARIN

04-09-2020 Coronavirus Update 

04-09-2020 Coronavirus Update SPANISH

04-05-2020 Coronavirus Update 

03-31-2020 Coronavirus Update - School Closure 

03-31-2020 Coronavirus Update SPANISH

03-26-2020 Coronavirus Update 

03-26-2020 Coronavirus Update SPANISH

03-19 and 03-23-2020 Coronavirus Update 

03-19 and 03-23-2020 Coronavirus Update SPANISH

03-17-20 Coronavirus Update

03-17-20 Coronavirus Update SPANISH

03-14-20 Coronavirus Update

03-13-20 4:39 pm Coronavirus Update

03-13-20 4:39 pm Coronavirus Update  SPANISH

03-13-20 Coronavirus Update

03-12-20 Coronavirus-Update SPANISH


FAQs on Coronavirus 03-05-20

FAQs on Coronavirus 03-05-20 SPANISH

03-02-20 Coronavirus Update

02-26-20 Updated-Flu-and-Coronavirus-Information

02-26-20 Updated-Flu-and-Coronavirus-Information SPANISH

02-12-2020 Coronavirus Update

02-12-2020 Coronavirus Update SPANISH

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