Student Support Services

Coronavirus-COVID-19 updates



May 29, 2020

Dear PUSD,

It’s hard to believe we are already in the last week of May. At the same time, March 13, seems so long ago. We’ve all been through so much together since our schools had to physically close due to the pandemic. This communication provides some end-of-year and summer updates, including drive-thru promotion/graduation guidelines issued by the county, information on District-issued devices, and summer program and swim program options. 

Drive-Thru Promotions/Graduations

As our sites close out the school year, I want to commend our staff for planning such smooth material returns and distributions. I am looking forward to the drive-thru promotion and graduation parades, which begin next week for elementary (June 1-2) and middle school (June 3-5), and for our five comprehensive high schools the following week (June 9-11). To address some of the questions I’ve been receiving from families: the County of San Diego’s public health officer has confirmed that if our schools are planning to, they can allow our students to exit their car along the parade route to receive diplomas/certificates and pose for photos. Families must remain in their vehicles, per the county’s guidelines, and should not park or gather before or after the procession. A huge congratulations to our promoting and graduating students. Even though our celebrations might look a little different this year, I am so impressed by our community’s efforts to honor our students in the best way possible. For now, graduation ceremonies for all of our high schools (including Abraxas) have been postponed to July 30.

Students who Checked Out a PUSD Chromebook/iPad for Distance Learning

In order to provide continued access to Optional Distance Learning resources over the summer, PUSD will be extending the period of time families can use these district-issued devices through the summer. For families that choose to keep their current PUSD issued device through the summer, no action is required at this time.  Students will have the same device that is currently in their possession re-issued to them when they return to school in the Fall. For those students returning to a different school from the one they checked the device out from, they will keep the device and take it to their new school. There will be additional opportunities in the Fall to check-out devices for students who do not currently have one.

Students must return their PUSD district-issued device before June 11 only if:

  • the student is a graduating Senior
  • the student is not returning to PUSD for the 2020-2021 school year
  • the student does not need the device for the summer/does not want the responsibility 

Please refer to the scheduled time for textbook return and personal belonging pickup at your student’s school site to return the device. 

Summer Program Updates

  • We are proceeding with the planned physical reopening of our fee-based summer ESS (Extended Student Services) and 12-month preschool programs, with the recommended safety plans in place. This includes daily temperature checks for staff and students, smaller adult-to-student ratios, one small group at a time in common areas, students remaining within the same small groups all day, and cleaning and disinfecting training for staff. Families who signed up for summer ESS and 12-month preschool will continue receiving direct communication from our ESS/Preschool department regarding the June 17 opening at our elementary schools and a June 15 opening for Black Mountain and Oak Valley Middle Schools. 
  • PUSD is pleased to be offering our fee-based Summer Youth Enrichment Program for 1st through 8th graders: There will be three in-person sessions (you can choose to attend one or all three weeks: July 6-10, July 13-17, July 20-24) These will be held at the Poway Adult School located at 13626 Twin Peaks Road, Poway, CA 92064, and will implement the same health and safety measures that are in place for ESS. Classes will include art exploration, beginning foreign language, science labs, and robotics and coding. Registration begins on June 12, 2020. Look for a save the date Peachjar flyer in your email. There will be a limited number of scholarships available. Please contact for more information.
  • For high school students who are at least 16 years old and juniors or seniors, we have partnered with Palomar College to ensure students who would like to take community college courses can receive the appropriate credit. Be sure to check with your high school administration team first before enrolling, to ensure the course is approved.
  • Families with students registered for Extended School Year (ESY) from July 6 through July 30, will be receiving a survey early next week to indicate interest in receiving a blended learning format versus virtual only. As restrictions continue to relax, the Special Education Department is actively exploring options to best meet the needs of our students.
  • For specified secondary students attending summer school from June 17-July 31 in a distance learning format, parents will be receiving direct communication from our Learning Support departments about those plans.

  • Our aquatics program is hosting summer swim lessons at Rancho Bernardo HS, Mt. Carmel HS and Del Norte HS starting June 22, 2020. Registration begins Saturday, June 6, 2020. Go to our website for more information. 
  • We are also planning to reopen our outdoor facilities (such as athletic fields) for rentals this summer, as soon as we receive word from the county that sports and recreational organizations can safely resume practices and games. 
  • Use of our indoor facilities by outside organizations such as summer camps and churches will be considered on a case by case basis, based on safety plans and county reopening guidelines. ​

Free Meal Service Ending

Last week you received an email containing important information on our free meal service from our Director of Food and Nutrition. Our emergency free meal service to all children will end on Thursday, June 11. We do not foresee being able to serve meals during the summer break. This is not our usual practice, and we have not received any additional funding from the state or federal government to be able to sustain the staff salaries and food costs associated with summer meals. However, I do wish to thank the families and staff that made donations to our Project Know and Grow fundraiser so we could keep the emergency free meals program in place during the school closures this year. Please review these options to help with your child’s food needs over the summer. 

Finally, I want to encourage everyone to stay on track with distance learning in our final weeks. Summer is just around the corner, let’s finish strong!


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: 

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