Student Support Services

Coronavirus-COVID-19 updates



*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 All previous messages have been archived and can be found by scrolling to the bottom of the page.*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 4, 2020

Dear PUSD Families,

I wanted to share the results of our first reopening survey. I am grateful that so many of you took the time to participate. 92% of our 36,500 students were accounted for, and this is providing valuable data for our school reopening committee. 

On a District level, here are the results:

Please rank in order your preference for how you feel we should deliver instruction and/or services as a DISTRICT. 

First Choice:

59% is in classroom on campus learning model

25% is a blended learning model (part in classroom on campus, part virtual)

16% is an all virtual learning model  

Second Choice: 

64% blended learning

19% in classroom on campus

17%  virtual learning 

Third Choice: 

58% virtual learning

26% in classroom on campus

6% blended  learning

What is your comfort level with sending your child to school, on a scale from 1 to 5?

19.9% Not Comfortable (1-2) 

22.5% Somewhat Comfortable (3) 

57.5% Comfortable or Very Comfortable (4-5) 

These responses closely mirror our staff preferences as well. Based on this data as well as the additional comments and concerns you provided, our reopening committee is planning for multiple learning model options for Fall 2020, to try to provide our families with the choice they are most comfortable with for their children. 

Currently, San Diego County public health orders do not allow for public schools to be open yet. When we do get approval to open, please keep in mind that while we are planning for options that range from students in school every day, to a blended model of students partially in school and partially in virtual classrooms, to a fully virtual model, what we will actually be able to implement in the fall depends on a variety of factors. This includes updated county and state guidelines for schools reopening (such as how many students are allowed in a classroom at a time), what health and safety measures are required, available state funding for school budgets, any staffing restrictions, extended childcare needs, as well as the overall COVID-19 health and safety situation in August.  We are awaiting detailed reopening guidelines from the California Department of Education in the next few weeks.

As you can imagine, we are dealing with significant logistical challenges, but we are embracing these challenges as opportunities to redesign and personalize education to best meet our students’ needs. I know it is frustrating for parents to try to plan their year without knowing exactly what school will look like in the Fall. But I wanted to assure you that we are doing our best to provide families with options, and you do not have to decide now. We will communicate out some examples of a sample school week and sample safety measures so you can better visualize what would work best for you and your child before you respond to our second reopening survey later this summer. 

In Partnership,

Marian Kim Phelps, Ed.D., Superintendent


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. 

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: 

06-04-2020 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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