COVID-19 Education Update: Family Communications

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EUSD regularly sends COVID-19 email updates to parents via the SchoolMessenger notification system. For your convenience, all current and past updates are available on this page.

April 9, 2021

We hope you had a restful spring break! Here are this week’s updates and reminders.

Hotspot care: Verizon has issued a recall for the Verizon Ellipsis Jetpack mobile hotspot devices in use for distance learning. Verizon has found that the lithium-ion battery in the hotspots can overheat, posing a potential fire and burn hazard. The safety of our students, families, and staff members is our top priority, and keeping students connected is critical to the learning process. EUSD is working with Verizon to implement an exchange of devices that were issued as soon as possible. In the meantime, please follow these important steps:

  • If your device is currently turned off, please turn it on so that the Ellipsis Jetpack can receive two over-the-air, automatic software updates that will accomplish two things: enable the device’s identifying number to be viewed on its scrolling screen to help facilitate its exchange and prevent the device from charging while the device is plugged in and powered on.
  • The software update has been applied successfully when you see the device’s identifying number scrolling across its screen.

In addition, please continue to follow these best practices to support the safe operation of all devices:

  • Use only approved charging cables, including the cable provided.
  • Unplug your device once it is fully charged. Devices should not be left plugged in continuously.
  • When not in use, power down or turn off your device.
  • Place your device on a flat, solid, sturdy surface such as a floor or table.
  • Ensure that your device is uncovered for proper ventilation.
  • Keep devices near room temperature when in use.
  • Do not expose the units to extreme temperatures for extended periods of time.
  • Do not expose the unit or its battery to water or other liquids.
  • Do not drop the units and do not insert foreign objects into the battery or unit.

If you have any questions or concerns about the technology issued to you, please contact your school for support.

Nutrition: The twice-weekly distribution of no-cost, to-go meals takes place from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Mondays and Thursdays at all school sites. Multiple meals are included in these distributions. No-cost, to-go meals are provided for students on campus in the hybrid model.

Please continue to be mindful of best practices for health and safety during this pandemic, including wearing a mask and staying home when you are sick. To check on your vaccination eligibility and schedule an appointment, click here. Visit the County of San Diego County website for information on free COVID testing.

Previous Family Communications

March 24, 2021

Spring break is here! All schools and the district office will be closed beginning tomorrow, March 25, through Monday, April 5. School resumes Tuesday, April 6, with the regular hybrid schedule. We hope that you are able to enjoy time with loved ones over the break.

Here are this week’s updates and reminders.

Committee vacancies: EUSD is accepting applications to fill two vacancies on the Proposition E Independent Citizens Oversight Committee, which is composed of community representatives. The oversight committee is tasked with reviewing expenditures related to Proposition E, a $182.1 million bond measure approved in 2014 to modernize facilities. The ICOC has two vacancies: one representative who is both a parent or guardian of a child enrolled in the school district and is active in a parent-teacher organization; and one community at large representative. Get more information and apply here.

Nutrition: During spring break, meal distribution will take place at Central, Farr, Felicita, and Lincoln elementary schools and Mission Middle School. Distribution will be held from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. on the following dates: March 25, March 29, April 1, and April 5. Monday distributions will include six meals; Thursday distributions will include eight meals. The twice-weekly distribution of no-cost meals returns to the regular schedule on Thursday, April 8.

iPad care: In case you missed it, please review important EUSD guidance for ensuring that students protect their district-issued iPads, including this short video and the EUSD webpage Taking Care of the iPad. If your student’s iPad is damaged, contact the school office.

With the arrival of spring break, please continue to follow all COVID health and safety protocols. To check on your vaccination eligibility and schedule an appointment, click here. Visit the County of San Diego County website for information on free COVID testing.

March 19, 2021

Here are this week’s updates and reminders.

iPad care: We understand that accidents happen. However, iPad accidents are on the rise, resulting in an increase in the number of devices requiring damage repair – the costs of which quickly add up. We’re here to help with guidance for ensuring that students protect their district-issued iPads. Please watch this short video with your child that shows how to keep their iPad in great shape so that they can continue to create and learn without interruption. Also, review key iPad care tips on our Taking Care of the iPad webpage. If your student’s iPad is damaged, contact the school office. EUSD is proud to provide every student with an iPad through our one-to-one initiative, which ensures equitable access to digital resources and essential web-based learning platforms.

Schedule reminders: All schools and the district office will be closed Thursday, March 25, through Monday, April 5, for spring break. The previously scheduled minimum day on Wednesday, March 24, will now follow a full-day schedule. The asynchronous learning day on Monday, March 22, will be a minimum day. School resumes Tuesday, April 6, with the regular hybrid schedule.

Nutrition: During spring break, meal distribution will take place at Central, Farr, Felicita, and Lincoln elementary schools and Mission Middle School. Distribution will be held from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. on the following dates: March 25, March 29, April 1, and April 5. Monday distributions will include six meals; Thursday distributions will include eight meals. The twice-weekly distribution of no-cost meals returns to the regular schedule on Thursday, April 8.

COVID-19: As you likely have heard, San Diego County has entered the less-restrictive Red Tier in the state’s reopening system. This is a positive step – along with a decline in COVID case rates and an increase in vaccinations. However, health experts advise that it’s too early to let our guards down, especially with the arrival of spring break and regardless of one’s vaccination status. Please continue to be mindful of best practices for health and safety during this pandemic. As a reminder, keep your child home from school if they are awaiting the results of a COVID-19 test or are sick in any way, including showing symptoms of COVID-19; if your child has tested positive for COVID-19; or if your child has been in contact with someone who has tested positive for COVID-19. To check on your vaccination eligibility and schedule an appointment, click here. Visit the County of San Diego County website for information on free COVID testing.

March 12, 2021

We have several important reminders and updates for this week.

Report cards: Second trimester report cards will be issued today. Report cards for students enrolled in Full Distance Learning will be delivered by mail. Report cards for students enrolled in the hybrid model will be distributed at school.

School choice: The School Choice application window for the 2021-2022 school year is open through March 19. School Choice is an opportunity for families to apply for an intradistrict transfer for their child to attend a school other than their neighborhood school of residence. Details on School Choice and applications can be found here.

Share your thoughts: There is one more week to participate in the LCAP Priorities Survey, which closes March 19. We appreciate your input on the survey’s specific priority areas –  including student achievement, family engagement, interventions and enrichment, social and emotional supports, and safety – as we develop the district’s new, three-year Local Control and Accountability Plan.

Family engagement: Our latest Family and Community Engagement Virtual Learning Series, focused on Supporting Your Student’s Academic Success at Home, concludes next week. The session, Individualizing Instruction Using Digital Programs, will be presented at 6:30 p.m. March 17 via Zoom. The meeting ID is 848 3945 7260 and passcode is 564655.

Calendar update: As a reminder, the previously scheduled minimum day on Wednesday, March 24, will now follow a full-day schedule. The asynchronous learning day on Monday, March 22, will be a minimum day. Teachers will meet with students virtually in the morning as usual, and students will be provided asynchronous assignments. Spring break begins Thursday, March 25, and continues through Monday, April 5. All schools will be closed during this time.

COVID-19: While San Diego County continues to see improvement in the COVID case rate as well as an increase in vaccinations, it is important to remain cautious by following health and safety protocols. Please continue to support these efforts by keeping your child home from school if they are awaiting the results of a COVID-19 test or are sick in any way, including showing symptoms of COVID-19; if your child has tested positive for COVID-19; or if your child has been in contact with someone who has tested positive for COVID-19. We must continue to wear a face mask out in public, maintain physical distance with anyone outside our households, and avoid large gatherings. Visit the County of San Diego County website for information on free COVID testing. To check on vaccination eligibility and schedule an appointment, click here.

March 5, 2021

As you may be aware, last week the County of San Diego extended its COVID-19 vaccine distribution to the next tier of eligible recipients. This group includes individuals working in emergency services, child care and education, and food and agriculture. We are happy to share that many of our teachers, classified staff members, and administrators already have been able to receive their first dose of the vaccine! We know that it can be difficult to secure a vaccination appointment, and that the time and location may not be convenient, so please be patient if your child’s teacher requires a substitute in order to take care of this important task. We hope, too, that this latest expansion of vaccine eligibility includes many of you in our community. To check on eligibility and schedule an appointment, click here.

Here are additional updates and reminders.

Family engagement: We had a great turnout for the first session in our Family and Community Engagement Virtual Learning Series. Technology and academic coaches, school counselors, and family liaisons provide valuable resources in this series, focused on Supporting Your Student’s Academic Success at Home. Sessions in English continue from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. March 10, Connecting Students Through Digital Platforms; and March 17, Individualizing Instruction Using Digital Programs. The sessions will be delivered live via Zoom. The meeting ID is 848 3945 7260 and passcode is 564655.

Calendar update: Spring break is scheduled for Thursday, March 25, through Monday, April 5. All schools will be closed during this time. The previously scheduled minimum day on Wednesday, March 24, will now follow a full-day schedule. The asynchronous learning day on Monday, March 22, will now be a minimum day. Teachers will meet with students virtually in the morning as usual, and students will be provided asynchronous assignments.

Share your thoughts: We are still collecting feedback from our stakeholders as we develop the district’s new, three-year Local Control and Accountability Plan, known as the LCAP. Your participation helps us identify local needs and spending priorities as we plan for the next school year and beyond. The LCAP Priorities Survey is open through March 19. The survey focuses on specific priority areas, including student achievement, family engagement, interventions and enrichment, social and emotional supports, and safety. We look forward to hearing from you!

COVID-19: As a reminder, please do not send your child to school if they are awaiting the results of a COVID-19 test; if they are sick in any way, including showing symptoms of COVID-19; if your child has tested positive for COVID-19; or if your child has been in contact with someone who has tested positive for COVID-19. We appreciate everyone’s ongoing commitment to keeping our community safe and maintaining on-campus instruction by following all protocols. Continue to wear a face mask at all times outside of your home, maintain physical distance with anyone outside your household, and avoid unnecessary gatherings. Visit the County of San Diego County website for information on free COVID testing.

February 26, 2021

In the Escondido Union School District, we value parents and guardians as important partners in education, whether it’s by volunteering with the PTA, completing a survey, attending a Coffee with the Principal, or through countless other programs. With that in mind, I am excited to share with you a new opportunity for connection, the Family and Community Engagement Virtual Learning Series: Supporting Your Student’s Academic Success at Home.

The three-part series from our Educational Services division focuses on increasing student engagement, as well as the instructional tools available to our students, all through the lens of digital platforms. We are fortunate to have an incredible team of technology and content area coaches, school counselors, and family liaisons who are contributing to the invaluable resources that will be provided for our families in these sessions.

Sessions in English will be held from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. March 3, Engaging Students in Learning at Home; March 10, Connecting Students Through Digital Platforms; and March 17, Individualizing Instruction Using Digital Programs. The sessions will be delivered live via Zoom. The meeting ID is 848 3945 7260 and passcode is 564655. We look forward to having you learn with us!

Here are additional updates and reminders.

Nutrition: EUSD Nutrition Services is hosting a distribution of USDA Farmers to Families Food Boxes at 8:30 a.m. tomorrow, February 27, at Farr Avenue Elementary, 933 Farr Ave. The free food boxes will be distributed on a first-come, first-served basis, and will be available while supplies last. Boxes may include fresh produce, dairy, and meat products. The twice-weekly distribution of no-cost, to-go meals takes place from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Mondays and Thursdays at all school sites. Multiple meals are included in these distributions. No-cost, to-go meals are provided for students on campus in the hybrid model.

COVID-19: As a reminder, please do not send your child to school if they are awaiting the results of a COVID-19 test; if they are sick in any way, including showing symptoms of COVID-19; if your child has tested positive for COVID-19; or if your child has been in contact with someone who has tested positive for COVID-19. We appreciate everyone’s ongoing commitment to keeping our community safe and maintaining on-campus instruction by following all protocols. Continue to wear a face mask at all times outside of your home, maintain physical distance with anyone outside your household, and avoid unnecessary gatherings. Visit the County of San Diego County website for information on free COVID testing and vaccination eligibility and appointments.

Share your thoughts: We have two opportunities for our stakeholders to provide input on the development of the district’s new, three-year Local Control and Accountability Plan, known as the LCAP. Your feedback helps us identify local needs and spending priorities as we plan for the next school year and beyond. Thoughtexchange, open through March 5, is an interactive platform that allows participants to view and comment on the thoughts of others. Participate in the Thoughtexchange here, focused on this guiding question: What are the most important services and programs that EUSD should prioritize as we support all students over the next three years? The LCAP Priorities Survey is now open here through March 19. This survey focuses on specific priority areas, including student achievement, family engagement, interventions and enrichment, social and emotional supports, and safety.

February 19, 2021

As we continue to develop the district’s new, three-year Local Control and Accountability Plan, we are launching the LCAP Priorities Survey to collect additional input from all of our stakeholders. This survey focuses on specific priority areas, including student achievement, family engagement, interventions and enrichment, social and emotional supports, and safety.

The LCAP is a blueprint tied to state funding that describes how our schools support the success of all students and spending priorities for such initiatives. This survey seeks feedback on current performance, areas for improvement, and future goals, and responses are anonymous. The survey is now open here through March 19. Thank you in advance for your time and input!

Here are this week’s updates and reminders.

Nutrition: EUSD Nutrition Services will host a distribution of USDA Farmers to Families Food Boxes at 8:30 a.m. Saturday, February 27, at Farr Avenue Elementary, 933 Farr Ave. The free food boxes will be distributed on a first-come, first-served basis, and will be available while supplies last. Boxes may include fresh produce, dairy, and meat products. The twice-weekly distribution of no-cost, to-go meals takes place from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Mondays and Thursdays at all school sites. Multiple meals are included in these distributions. No-cost, to-go meals are provided for students on campus in the hybrid model.

School choice and enrollment: The School Choice application window for the 2021-2022 school year is open now through March 19. School Choice is an opportunity for families to apply for an intradistrict transfer for their child to attend a school other than their neighborhood school of residence. An informational letter about School Choice will be mailed to families this week. Details on School Choice and applications can be found here. Registration for incoming Transitional Kindergarten and Kindergarten students for the 2021-2022 school year is now open. Registration information can be found here.

COVID-19: Please continue to adhere to all COVID-19 health and safety protocols to keep our community safe and to maintain on-campus instruction. Do not send your child to school if they are sick in any way; if they are awaiting the results of a COVID-19 test; if your child has symptoms of or has tested positive for COVID-19; or if your child has been in contact with someone who has tested positive for COVID-19. Please wear a face mask at all times outside of your home, maintain physical distance when engaging with anyone outside your household, and avoid unnecessary gatherings. Visit the County of San Diego County website for the most up-to-date information on free COVID testing and vaccination eligibility and appointments.

February 11, 2021

As we head into a long weekend, I encourage you to take some time to join the conversation on Thoughtexchange to provide your input on the development of the district’s new, three-year Local Control and Accountability Plan, known as the LCAP. The LCAP is a blueprint tied to state funding that describes how our schools support the success of all students.

Participate in the Thoughtexchange here, and follow the discussion focused on this guiding question: What are the most important services and programs that EUSD should prioritize as we support all students over the next three years? Your feedback helps us identify local needs and spending priorities as we plan for the next school year and beyond. We encourage you to return to the Thoughtexchange frequently to view and comment on the thoughts of others.

Here are this week’s updates and reminders.

Presidents Day: All EUSD schools and the district office will be closed on Friday, February 12, and Monday, February 15, in observance of the Presidents Day holiday.

Nutrition: With schools closed Monday, February 15, in observance of Presidents Day, meal distribution will take place on Tuesday, February 16. Additional meals were included in today’s distribution. The distribution of no-cost meals returns to the regular schedule on Thursday. The twice-weekly distribution of no-cost, to-go meals takes place from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. on Mondays and Thursdays at all school sites. Multiple meals are included in these distributions.

School choice: The School Choice application window for the 2021-2022 school year is Wednesday, February 17. School Choice is an opportunity for families to apply for an intradistrict transfer for their child to attend a school other than their neighborhood school of residence. An informational letter about School Choice will be mailed to families this week. Details on School Choice can be found on our website.

Kindergarten registration: New student registration for incoming Transitional Kindergarten and Kindergarten students for the 2021-2022 school year opens Wednesday, February 17. Registration information can be found here.

The Season for Nonviolence: For 23 years, EUSD has recognized The Season for Nonviolence, which marks the 64 days between the anniversaries of the deaths of Mahatma Gandhi on January 30 and the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. on April 4. During this time we honor the work of these legendary peacemakers by teaching our students the importance of the values of peace, kindness, social justice, and gratitude as we work towards fostering safe and welcoming school communities.

COVID-19: Please continue to adhere to all COVID-19 health and safety protocols to keep our community safe and to maintain on-campus instruction. Do not send your child to school if they are sick in any way; if they are awaiting the results of a COVID-19 test; if your child has symptoms of or has tested positive for COVID-19; or if your child has been in contact with someone who has tested positive for COVID-19. Continue to wear a face mask at all times outside of your home, maintain physical distance when engaging with anyone outside your household, and avoid unnecessary gatherings.

Visit the County of San Diego County website for the most up-to-date information on free COVID testing and vaccination eligibility and appointments.

February 5, 2021

As we move swiftly into the second month of 2021, we are turning some of our attention to planning for the next school year and beyond with the development of our new, three-year Local Control and Accountability Plan, known as the LCAP.

We are seeking your input via the interactive platform Thoughtexchange to help inform the LCAP, a blueprint tied to state funding that describes how our schools support the success of all students. This feedback from all stakeholders – parents and guardians, community members, and employees – helps district and school administrators identify local needs and spending priorities.

This Thoughtexchange is open now and will be available through March 5. Participate in the Thoughtexchange here, and follow the discussion focused on this guiding question: What are the most important services and programs that EUSD should prioritize as we support all students over the next three years?

The Thoughtexchange platform gives all stakeholders an opportunity to share their thoughts, and to view and comment on the thoughts of others. We encourage you to return to the Thoughtexchange frequently to rate new ideas. Your feedback is essential and will help the district improve programs and services to our students, families, and employees.

We look forward to your ideas that support our academic achievement and district goals, highlight areas of improvement, and help us set future goals. Your input is a critical part of our focus on priorities in support of student success, and we appreciate your participation!

Read on for additional updates and reminders.

COVID-19 update: It is imperative that we are united in our efforts to curb the spread of COVID-19 in order to prevent another surge, to keep our community safe, and to maintain on-campus instruction. This means we need your cooperation with all pandemic protocols, including:

  • Do not send your child to school if they are sick in any way; if they are awaiting the results of a COVID-19 test; if your child has symptoms of or has tested positive for COVID-19; or if your child has been in contact with someone who has tested positive for COVID-19.
  • Wear a face mask at all times outside of your home.
  • Wash hands frequently.
  • Maintain physical distance when engaging with anyone outside your household.
  • Avoid all unnecessary gatherings.

Visit the County of San Diego County website for the most up-to-date information on free COVID testing and vaccination eligibility and appointments.

Nutrition: The twice-weekly distribution of no-cost, to-go meals continues from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. on Mondays and Thursdays at all school sites. Multiple meals are included in these distributions. No-cost, to-go meals are provided for students on campus in the hybrid model.

Thank you, and be well.

January 29, 2021

On-campus instruction will resume Tuesday, February 2, as planned for all students in the EUSD hybrid model program. The Board of Education on Thursday night reviewed the most up-to-date regional and district COVID-19 data, which indicate the start of a downward trend in case rates and hospitalizations.

The district will continue to adhere to its strong health and safety protocols, as well as implement new protocols based on updated state guidelines.

• Daily temperature screenings will continue.

• Students in all grade levels are required to wear face coverings at all times in school, including during PE.

• The quarantine timeline has been reduced for both students and staff to 10 days from symptom onset or for 10 days from the test collection for asymptomatic individuals.

• All classrooms used for hybrid instruction will have portable high-efficiency air cleaners in place by February 2.

• A new cohort quarantine protocol will be implemented to preserve substitute staffing and maintain instructional consistency for students.

As a reminder, here are the in-person hybrid model schedule details for Elementary School and Middle School.

Here are additional updates and reminders.

COVID-19 update: Please be vigilant in complying with all pandemic protocols: Wear a face mask, wash hands frequently, avoid non-essential outings and gatherings, and stay home when you are sick. Please review these helpful reminders from county health officials on how to stop the spread of COVID-19. These steps are essential in order to prevent another surge.

In addition, please keep the district informed of any changes in health status. Please contact your child’s school site if your child:

• Has been ill.

• Has had close contact with an individual who has tested positive for COVID-19.

• Is awaiting the results of a COVID-19 test.

• Has tested positive for COVID-19.

Visit the County of San Diego County website for the most up-to-date information on free COVID testing and vaccination eligibility and appointments.

Nutrition: With the return to on-campus instruction, no-cost meals will be provided for students on campus in the hybrid model. In addition, the twice-weekly distribution of no-cost, to-go meals will continue from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. on Mondays and Thursdays at all school sites. Multiple meals are included in these distributions.

January 22, 2021

The EUSD Board of Education on Thursday night reviewed the latest regional and district COVID-19 statistics in preparation for the return of on-campus instruction. After thoughtful discussion, the board agreed to continue planning to return to on-campus instruction for all hybrid students on February 2, as was tentatively scheduled, with a further data review at the January 28 board meeting.

Our COVID-19 dashboard is updated regularly, as we continue to track and trace student and employee COVID-19 cases according to public health guidelines.

On-campus instruction continues for those phase one students we were able to safely accommodate in Special Education Moderate to Severe classes and in our state preschool program.

Here are this week’s updates and reminders.

COVID-19 update: As part of ongoing efforts to curb the spread of COVID-19, it is important for parents and guardians to keep the district informed of any changes in health status.

Please contact your child’s school site if your child:

• Has been ill.
• Has had close contact with an individual who has tested positive for COVID-19.
• Is awaiting the results of a COVID-19 test.
• Has tested positive for COVID-19.

Please continue to comply with all pandemic protocols: Wear a face mask, wash hands frequently, avoid non-essential outings and gatherings, and stay home when you are sick.

Visit the County of San Diego County website for the most up-to-date information on free COVID testing and vaccination eligibility and appointments.

Nutrition: Distribution of no-cost, to-go meals will be held from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. on January 25 and January 28. Multiple meals are included in these twice-weekly distributions, which will take place at all school sites with the exception of L. R. Green and Orange Glen elementary schools. Those distributions will be held at respective neighboring campuses, Bear Valley Middle and Quantum Academy.

January 15, 2021

I wanted to take a moment to pause, and to simply acknowledge that over the past nine months, our world as we knew it has been turned upside down. As much as this community has come together to show its strength and resilience, this time has been incredibly hard for the children and families of EUSD. As we continue to navigate the challenges presented by the COVID-19 pandemic, we are now faced with understanding how to address the unprecedented events in our nation’s capital. We must remind ourselves that our children are watching, and they most likely are experiencing a range of reactions and emotions about what is happening in the world around them. There are ways in which we can help our children cope, including:

• Limiting their exposure to the media.
• Providing them with opportunities to take breaks, such as going outside if they are able.
• Providing opportunities for them to ask questions or to express their worries about what they are seeing and hearing.
• Most importantly, showing them how to be kind to oneself, and how to meet others with empathy.

If you are looking for additional support with your child’s social emotional health or mental wellness please reach out to the school social worker or counselor at your child’s school. Please click here for a list of school social workers and counselors by school site.

COVID-19 update: We continue to track and trace student and employee COVID-19 cases according to public health guidelines to ensure the health and safety of our students, employees, and families. In EUSD, 81 COVID cases were reported as of January 14, 2021, at 10:15 p.m.

In our efforts to keep you informed, our COVID-19 dashboard is updated regularly. We monitor the regional data as well as state reopening guidelines daily. We appreciate your ongoing support during these challenging times. Please continue to help curb the spread of COVID-19 by complying with all pandemic protocols: Wear a face mask, wash hands frequently, avoid unnecessary outings and gatherings, and stay home when you are sick.

Holiday reminder: All EUSD schools and the district office will be closed on Monday, January 18, in observance of the Martin Luther King Jr. holiday, which honors the life and legacy of the civil rights leader. MLK Day is the only federal holiday designated as a national day of service to encourage Americans to volunteer in their communities. The Americorps website has tips on how to help your community safely during COVID-19.

Student supports: EUSD teams continually collaborate to provide numerous resources online related to academics, technology, and health and wellness. Start at the Resources and Tools for Parents webpage, or visit directly at Academic Resources, iPads at Home, and Community Resources. In addition, the new educational support system called PAPER is available, providing all middle school students with live academic tutoring in all subject areas. Students can upload assignments, receive feedback on writing pieces, and get guidance with problems they don’t understand in math, science, social science, and English Language Arts. Students can access PAPER at any time, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Go to Clever on the student iPad. Select the PAPER icon, which is a link to the PAPER resource accessed through Safari.

You can find a visual reminder of the virtual hybrid schedule for elementary and middle school, as well as the Elementary and Middle School Full Distance Learning Schedule.

Nutrition: Distribution of no-cost, to-go meals continues during the pause in on-campus instruction. Distribution will be held from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. on January 19, January 21, January 25, and January 28. Multiple meals will be included in these twice-weekly distributions, which will take place at all school sites with the exception of L.R. Green and Orange Glen elementary schools. Those distributions will be held at respective neighboring campuses, Bear Valley Middle and Quantum Academy.

Thank you, and be well.

January 8, 2021

After lengthy discussion and careful consideration, the EUSD Board of Education at a special meeting Thursday night made the difficult decision to postpone the return of on-campus instruction, with a tentative restart date of February 2. This return date will be discussed at the next regularly scheduled board meeting on January 21.

In addition, the board voted to return phase one students to in-person instruction on January 12, 2021, as planned, based on the availability of teaching and support staff members. This group of phase one students includes our Special Education Moderate to Severe classes and our state preschool program. If your child is included in these programs, and we determine that we can accommodate your class, you will receive additional information from corresponding program directors.

We recognize that this decision directly impacts our families, and we appreciate your continued support and patience as we continue to strive to provide your students with an exceptional learning experience in a safe and healthy environment. We remain focused on the goal of returning to normal in a full campus reopening when health and safety conditions permit.

Here are this week’s updates and reminders.

COVID testing: Health officials encourage testing as an important part of helping to contain and reduce the spread of COVID-19. Neighborhood Healthcare is hosting a free testing event on Saturday, January 9, in Escondido. In partnership with the County of San Diego, Neighborhood Healthcare is offering walk-up and drive-up COVID-19 testing from 8 a.m. to noon at 728 E. Valley Parkway. The testing event is open to all; you do not have to be a Neighborhood Healthcare patient. No appointment is necessary. If you have questions, call 833-867-4642. For additional locations providing free testing, visit the County of San Diego’s COVID testing information webpage. The nearest free testing center that does not require appointments is located at Cal State San Marcos.

Nutrition: Distribution of no-cost, to-go meals will continue during the pause in on-campus instruction. Distribution will be held from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. on the following dates: January 11, January 14, January 19, January 21, January 25, and January 28. Multiple meals will be included in these twice-weekly distributions, which will take place at all school sites with the exception of L.R. Green and Orange Glen elementary schools. Those distributions will be held at respective neighboring campuses, Bear Valley Middle and Quantum Academy.

Our community is experiencing a severe surge in COVID-19 cases; the city of Escondido ranks third among the highest case rates in the county. At the same time, the state of California’s continuing Regional Stay Home Order includes San Diego County and reiterates the need to stay at home, prohibits private gatherings of any size, and requires 100 percent masking and physical distancing. Please, do your part to curb the spread of COVID-19 by complying with all pandemic protocols: Wear a face mask, wash hands frequently, avoid unnecessary outings and gatherings, and stay home when you are sick.

January 6, 2021

Welcome back from winter recess.

A brief survey was sent this afternoon to families of students currently enrolled in the hybrid model. Responses are needed by 3 p.m. Thursday, January 7. This survey does not apply to families whose students are enrolled in the Full Distance E-Learning model.

An emergency meeting of the Board of Education is scheduled for 7 p.m. Thursday, January 7. The board will discuss the return to in-person instruction in light of the recent surge of COVID- 19 cases. The meeting will be held via Zoom, and the agenda can be viewed here.

Look for the regular update on Friday.

December 18, 2020

Winter recess is upon us, and we are near the finish line of 2020 – a year of extraordinary challenges and perseverance. We value your continued patience and support as we look forward with hope to the year ahead.

In order to ensure a safe return to in-person instruction in 2021, it is imperative that we make every effort to adhere to health and safety protocols. Please, avoid unnecessary travel and gatherings, always wear a face mask when you do have to leave home, wash your hands frequently, and stay home when you are sick. The sooner we halt the spread of COVID-19, the sooner we can all be together with friends and family, classmates and colleagues.

Here are this week’s updates and reminders.

COVID testing: Health officials encourage testing as an important part of helping to contain and reduce the spread of COVID-19. Neighborhood Healthcare is hosting a free testing event on Saturday, December 19, in Escondido. In partnership with the County of San Diego, Neighborhood Healthcare is offering walk-up and drive-up COVID-19 testing from 8 a.m. to noon at 728 E. Valley Parkway. The testing event is open to all; you do not have to be a Neighborhood Healthcare patient. No appointment is necessary. If you have questions, call 833-867-4642.

Nutrition: Distribution of no-cost, to-go meals will continue on a limited basis during winter recess. Distribution will be held from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. on December 21, December 22, December 28, December 30, January 4, and January 6, at the following sites: Mission Middle School, and Central, Farr, Felicita, Glen View, Juniper, and Lincoln elementary schools.

Winter recess: All EUSD schools and the district office will be closed Monday, December 21, through Tuesday, January 5, 2021.

• January 6: Classes resume with virtual instruction. Students will follow the Monday schedule in the virtual hybrid model.
• January 7-8: Students will follow their regular virtual hybrid model schedule for Thursdays and Fridays.
• January 11: Students will follow the at-home Monday schedule.
• January 12: On-campus instruction resumes in the hybrid model schedule.
• January 15: Previously scheduled minimum day is now a full day schedule.

Family support: Learning and exploring doesn’t have to take a break during winter recess. Our student support and technology teams have numerous resources and activities available online, including Academic Resources, iPads at Home, and the latest edition of the Family Connection newsletter.

Best wishes for restful, healthy, and happy holidays!

December 11, 2020

The voices of our community members are essential as we move forward. We work with a diverse group representing every EUSD stakeholder group called The Design Team, whose purpose is:

  • To provide a space for all voices to be heard.
  • To refine and revise our systems and programs.
  • To utilize data as the catalyst for creative thinking and problem solving.
  • To move us closer to achieving our vision.

These are teachers, administrators, parents, classified employees, community members, and board members collaborating with the best interest of students at heart. Our latest meeting this week provided team members with data and insight, and in turn, those stakeholders shared valuable feedback on safety protocols, communication, schedules, and more. The EUSD leadership team takes this input to heart, and we look forward to reviewing it as we continue to plan for the next part of this school year and beyond. Your continued support is greatly appreciated.

Here are this week’s updates and reminders.

Nutrition: EUSD Nutrition Services will host an additional distribution of USDA Farmers to Families Food Boxes at 8:30 a.m. Saturday, December 12, at Farr Avenue Elementary, 933 Farr Ave. The free food boxes will be distributed on a first-come, first-served basis, and will be available while supplies last. Boxes may include fresh produce, dairy, and meat products.

Distribution of no-cost, to-go meals continues at all school sites through Friday, December 18. Food will be available from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Monday through Friday. During winter recess, meal distribution will take place at Mission Middle School, and Central, Farr, Felicita, Glen View, Juniper, and Lincoln elementary schools. Distribution will be held from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. on the following dates: December 21, December 22, December 28, December 30, January 4, and January 6.

Academic support: Our Educational Services team is excited to announce a new educational support system called PAPER that will provide all middle school students with 24/7 live academic tutoring in all subject areas. Students can upload assignments, receive feedback on writing pieces, and get guidance with problems they don’t understand in math, science, social science, and English Language Arts.  Each PAPER tutor is a college graduate who has been trained to assist and support students in the content area of needed support. PAPER is an excellent tool for helping students with their learning. Please encourage your child to use it.

Students can access PAPER at any time, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Students access PAPER by:

  • Go to Clever on the student iPad.
  • Select the PAPER icon, which is a link to the PAPER resource accessed through Safari.

To learn more, go to the PAPER Resources on the EUSD website.

Materials distribution: With the shift back to a virtual hybrid model schedule, the distribution of learning materials will be scheduled by school sites. If you are unable to pick up materials on your school’s distribution date, please contact the school office to arrange an alternative pickup time. School offices will be open through Friday, December 18.

As COVID-19 case and hospitalization rates continue to surge, it is important for all of us,  in the EUSD community to follow health and safety protocols: Wear a face mask, wash hands frequently, avoid gatherings and unnecessary outings, and stay home when you are sick. A united commitment to safety will help curb the spread of COVID-19.

December 6, 2020

The Escondido Union School District is implementing a temporary suspension of in-person instruction in the hybrid model and extended care. This suspension is effective Tuesday, December 8, 2020, through Monday, January 11, 2021. In-person instruction will resume Tuesday, January 12, 2021. Students will follow the Virtual Hybrid Model schedule at home.

The suspension is not related to the state’s new three-week Stay Home Order, which takes effect at midnight tonight. However, we have seen an increase in the number of our schools that have been impacted operationally by the number of individuals who have needed to quarantine for COVID-related reasons, including symptoms, close contact with COVID-positive individuals, and testing positive. This increase has reached a point where the operational efficiency of our schools could compromise the safety and health of our students and staff, and compromise our ability to provide a consistent, quality educational program. This temporary suspension allows EUSD to ensure that our students have access to their assigned teachers and support staff, who will be able to provide a continuous and cohesive learning experience both before and following the winter break.

Virtual learning: Students will follow the virtual hybrid learning model schedule. School offices will be staffed to receive calls and emails for site-specific support and technology issues. Sites will schedule and communicate with families about any distribution or collection of learning materials. Because students will be participating in virtual Zoom instruction, the daily attendance survey does not need to be submitted during this time. Students in the Full Distance E-Learning model are not affected by the suspension of on-campus activities.

Nutrition: EUSD’s Nutrition Services team will continue to distribute no-cost, to-go meals during the temporary suspension of on-campus instruction. Food will be available according to the community feeding schedule: 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Monday through Friday at all school sites, through Friday, December 18. During winter break, meal distribution will take place at Mission Middle School, and Central, Farr, Felicita, Glen View, Juniper, and Lincoln elementary schools. Distribution will be held from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. on the following dates: December 21, December 23, December 28, December 30, January 4, and January 6.

We recognize that this decision directly impacts our families, and we thank you for your support and patience as we continue to strive to provide your students with an exceptional learning experience in a safe and healthy environment.

December 4, 2020

I hope this message finds you well, following a restful Thanksgiving break. We have reached the last month of 2020, a year that many are eager to put behind us. However, the pandemic that has resulted in the extraordinary challenges of 2020 is not over. As we continue to plan for the next part of the school year, our guiding principle continues to be ensuring the health and safety of our students, families, and employees. This commitment is essential for providing your children with an exceptional learning experience in a safe and healthy environment. We appreciate your continued support and patience.

As you may have heard, on Thursday, Gov. Gavin Newsom announced a Regional Stay Home Order that will go into effect within 24 hours in regions where capacity in hospital intensive care units drops below 15 percent. This Regional Stay Home Order includes San Diego County and reiterates the need to stay at home, prohibits private gatherings of any size, closes sector operations except for critical infrastructure and retail and requires 100 percent masking and physical distancing in all others. The order would remain in effect for at least three weeks.

The Regional Stay Home Order does not modify current state guidance on K-12 schools. EUSD will continue to operate its in-person programs. 

Here are this week’s updates and reminders.

Nutrition: EUSD Nutrition Services will host an additional distribution of USDA Farmers to Families Food Boxes at 8:30 a.m. Saturday, December 5, at Farr Avenue Elementary, 933 Farr Ave. The free food boxes will be distributed on a first-come, first-served basis, and will be available while supplies last. Boxes may include fresh produce, dairy, and meat products.

COVID testing: Health officials encourage testing as an important part of helping to contain and reduce the spread of COVID-19. Neighborhood Healthcare is hosting a free testing event on Saturday, December 5, in Escondido. In partnership with the County of San Diego, Neighborhood Healthcare is offering walk-up and drive-up COVID-19 testing from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at 426 N. Date St. The testing event is open to all; you do not have to be a Neighborhood Healthcare patient. No appointment is necessary. If you have questions, call 833-867-4642.

The COVID-19 case and hospitalization rates are surging. It is imperative that we continue to comply with all pandemic protocols. When we wear a face mask, wash our hands, avoid unnecessary outings and gatherings, and stay home when we are sick, we are doing our part to continue in-person learning. Let’s continue to be united in our efforts to curb the spread of COVID-19.

November 30, 2020

As a result of limitations this week in Hidden Valley Middle School’s ability to effectively operate an in-person hybrid model because of staff quarantines related to COVID-19, our superintendent has decided to implement a temporary suspension of all on-campus activities at Hidden Valley Middle School, including in-person instruction in the hybrid model and extended care.

The San Diego County Department of Public Health is aware of the multiple cases at Hidden Valley, and is currently reviewing the cases with the California Department of Public Health. Our decision to suspend on-campus learning was not directed by a public health department. County health officials have continued to express confidence in EUSD’s health and safety protocols. This decision was made to ensure the stability of the educational program offered to our students, as well as to continue our commitment to ensuring the health and safety of our students and employees.

On-campus instruction will resume for Hidden Valley on Tuesday, December 8. We recognize that this decision directly impacts the Hidden Valley families, and we thank them for their support and patience as we continue to strive to provide your students with an exceptional learning experience in a safe and healthy environment.

November 28, 2020

As a result of three positive COVID-19 cases at Rock Springs School, combined with a high case rate in the surrounding neighborhoods, our Superintendent has decided to implement a temporary suspension of all on-campus activities at Rock Springs through December 7, 2020.

This temporary suspension does not affect any other schools in the district.

The suspension of activities includes in-person instruction in the hybrid model and extended care. Students will follow the Virtual Hybrid Schedule at home during the temporary school suspension period.

The San Diego County Department of Public Health is aware of the multiple cases at Rock Springs, and is currently reviewing the cases with the California  Department of Public Health. Our decision to suspend on-campus learning was not directed by a public health department. County health officials have continued to express confidence in EUSD’s health and safety protocols. This decision was made to ensure the stability of the educational program offered to our students, as well as to continue our commitment to ensuring the health and safety of our students and employees.

On-campus instruction will resume for Rock Springs on Tuesday, December 8. We recognize that this decision directly impacts the Rock Springs families, and we thank them for their support and patience as we continue to strive to provide your students with an exceptional learning experience in a safe and healthy environment.

November 25, 2020

As a result of three positive COVID-19 cases each at Juniper and Glen View elementary schools, combined with a high case rate in the surrounding neighborhoods, our Superintendent has decided to implement a temporary suspension of all on-campus activities at Juniper and Glen View through December 7, 2020.

This temporary suspension does not affect any other schools in the district.

The suspension of activities includes in-person instruction in the hybrid model and extended care. Students will follow the Virtual Hybrid Schedule at home during the temporary school suspension period.

The San Diego County Department of Public Health is aware of the multiple cases at Juniper and Glen View, and is currently reviewing the cases with the California  Department of Public Health. Our decision to suspend on-campus learning was not directed by a public health department. County health officials have continued to express confidence in EUSD’s health and safety protocols. This decision was made to ensure the stability of the educational program offered to our students, as well as to continue our commitment to ensuring the health and safety of our students and employees.

On-campus instruction will resume for Juniper and Glen View on Tuesday, December 8. We recognize that this decision directly impacts the Juniper and Glen View families, and we thank them for their support and patience as we continue to strive to provide your students with an exceptional learning experience in a safe and healthy environment.

November 20, 2020

Thanksgiving is upon us. It’s hard to believe, but we are nine months into a once-in-a-century pandemic. We’ve been running a marathon at a sprinter’s pace – not an ideal or healthy pace for an ongoing public health crisis. So it is time to pause: Look for the aid station on this marathon route, take a deep breath, and replenish.

While our Thanksgiving celebrations may feel quite different next week, I hope that you find the same – if not greater – sense of gratitude and peace in the holiday this year.

Here are this week’s updates and reminders.

Nutrition: EUSD Nutrition Services will host a distribution of USDA Farmers to Families Food Boxes at 8:30 a.m. Saturday, November 21, at Farr Avenue Elementary, 933 Farr Ave. The free food boxes will be distributed on a first-come, first-served basis, and will be available while supplies last. Boxes may include fresh produce, dairy, and meat products.

With all EUSD schools and offices closed for Thanksgiving recess, there will be no to-go meal distribution next week, November 23 through November 27. The regular meal distribution schedule resumes Monday, November 30.

Family support: The latest edition of the Family Connections newsletter from our Integrated Student Supports team is available now on our family resources webpage. This issue includes tips on staying healthy for the holidays.

Happy Thanksgiving, and be well!

November 13, 2020

We recently asked for your input as we plan for the next phase of the 2020-2021 school year, and we appreciate the incredible Thoughtexchange turnout: 1,117 participants shared 1,318 thoughts and provided 58,707 ratings. Parents and guardians represented 60 percent of the respondents!

We collected valuable feedback from our stakeholders on the guiding question, “What are the most important things our school district needs to think about as we continue to respond to COVID-19 and plan for the remainder of the 2020-2021 school year?” Not surprisingly, safety was a leading theme. You’ll find a summary of the Thoughtexchange here.

Here are this week’s updates and reminders.

Purple tier: The County of San Diego has been moved to the most restrictive tier of the state reopening system. Because EUSD reopened our campuses while the county was in the red tier, our schools are allowed to stay open. We continue to operate with an abundance of caution, and county health officials have continued to express confidence in EUSD’s health and safety protocols. The recent temporary suspension of on-campus activities at two of our schools was not directed by a public health department. Rather, we made the decision to ensure the stability of the educational program offered to our students, as well as to continue our commitment to ensuring the health and safety of our students and employees.

As the case rate continues to rise across our region, state, and nation, it is extremely important to follow health and safety protocols: Wear a face mask, wash your hands, avoid unnecessary gatherings, and stay home if you are sick. Please do not send your child to school if they are sick in any way, or if they are awaiting the results of a COVID-19 test. If you or your child have symptoms of or have tested positive for COVID-19, or if your child has been in contact with someone who has tested positive for COVID-19, please stay home and contact the health technician at your child’s school.

COVID testing: Health officials encourage testing as an important part of helping to contain and reduce the spread of COVID-19. Neighborhood Healthcare is hosting a free testing event on Saturday, November 14, in Escondido. In partnership with the County of San Diego, Neighborhood Healthcare is offering walk-up and drive-up COVID-19 testing from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at 426 N. Date St. Please wear a mask, and bring identification and insurance information if you have it. The testing event is open to all; you do not have to be a Neighborhood Healthcare patient. No appointment is necessary. If you have questions, call 833-867-4642.

If you are experiencing any symptoms or learn you have been in contact with someone who’s tested positive for COVID-19, please visit a nearby test center or call your health-care provider. Some testing locations, including Cal State San Marcos, do not require an appointment. Visit this link for a comprehensive, countywide testing schedule.

Flu shot: County health officials say that getting a flu shot is more important than ever during this pandemic. Contact your health provider or visit the county’s flu information website.

Holiday safety: Please note that all EUSD schools and the district office will be closed Monday, November 23, through Friday, November 27, for Thanksgiving break. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has posted its guidance on low-, moderate-, and high-risk activities for Thanksgiving, including a recommendation against traveling. Gatherings with people outside of your household are still limited according to state and county health orders. You can review the state guidelines on gatherings here.

This morning, the state of California issued a pandemic-related travel advisory. Please review the guidance for non-essential travel. Health officials are strongly urging people to self-quarantine for 14 days after arriving from another state or country and encouraging residents to stay local.

Report cards: Report cards for all elementary and middle school students will be mailed on Friday, November 20, to the address you provided to EUSD when you registered your student at the beginning of the school year. Please contact your school office if you have had any changes in your address.

Attendance: As a reminder, please be sure to complete the new attendance survey, which is required for documentation of students’ daily attendance for non-campus days and is an important check-in that helps us to track student engagement. Links to your student’s school survey can be found at At Home Learning Resources for Parents page on the EUSD website. The attendance survey also assists in identifying students who need support in completing their asynchronous off-track work or their Stay at Home Learning Plan assignments. You will receive a message from the school if your student does not complete the survey on the days it is required.

  • If your student is in middle school, they must complete the survey on all off-track, off-campus days – Track A, Wednesday/Friday; Track B, Tuesday/Thursday.
  • If your elementary or middle school student is on a Stay at Home Learning Plan, they must complete the survey Tuesday through Friday while they are on the at-home plan.
  • Students do not need to complete a survey on Mondays because all students check in with their teachers.

Be well and stay safe.

November 12, 2020

As a result of three positive COVID-19 cases at Pioneer School, combined with a high case rate in the surrounding neighborhoods and in an abundance of caution, our superintendent has decided to implement a temporary suspension of all on-campus activities at Pioneer School through November 30, 2020.

This temporary suspension does not affect any other schools in the district.

The suspension of activities includes in-person instruction in the hybrid model and extended care. Students will follow the Virtual Hybrid Schedule at home during the temporary school suspension period.

The San Diego County Department of Public Health is aware of the multiple cases at Pioneer School, and is currently reviewing the cases with the California  Department of Public Health. Our decision to suspend on-campus learning was not directed by a public health department. County health officials have continued to express confidence in EUSD’s health and safety protocols. This decision was made to ensure the stability of the educational program offered to our students, as well as to continue our commitment to ensuring the health and safety of our students and employees.

On-campus instruction will resume for Pioneer School on Tuesday, December 1. We recognize that this decision directly impacts the Pioneer families, and we thank them for their support and patience as we continue to strive to provide your students with an exceptional learning experience in a safe and healthy environment.

November 6, 2020

There’s rain in the weekend forecast, the calendar says November, and the sun sets before 5 p.m. I think it’s safe to say that autumn has arrived. Thankfully, it’s a Southern California autumn. The warm days allow our teachers to make creative use of beautiful outdoor spaces on our campuses for teaching and learning!

It’s also the beginning of cold and flu season – amid a pandemic with a rising case rate in our community. With that in mind, please continue your vigilance in following health and safety measures: Wear a face mask, wash your hands, avoid unnecessary gatherings, and stay home if you are sick. The more we are united in our efforts to prevent the spread of COVID-19, the sooner we can gather together again.

Read on for additional updates and reminders.

Veterans Day: Please note that all EUSD schools and the district office will be closed on Wednesday, November 11, in observance of the Veterans Day holiday.

Nutrition: Meal distribution will not take place on Wednesday, November 11, because schools are closed in observance of Veterans Day. Additional meals will be included in the Tuesday distribution. The distribution of no-cost meals will return to the regular schedule on Thursday. Detailed schedules, which are categorized by grade level and program type, are available here. EUSD’s no-cost nutrition program currently serves all students regardless of their school of attendance.

COVID testing: Health officials encourage testing as an important part of helping to contain and reduce the spread of COVID-19. If you are experiencing any symptoms or learn you have been in contact with someone who’s tested positive, please visit a nearby test center. There is no cost for a COVID-19 test, and some locations, including Cal State San Marcos, do not require an appointment. Visit this link for a comprehensive, countywide testing schedule.

Face coverings: Face masks must be worn by all students and all school employees while at school. As an important reminder, this requirement also applies to students and all adults during arrival to and departure from campus, especially because six feet of physical distancing may not be possible at all times during these transition periods. The district will provide face coverings to employees and students if needed. Face coverings are not required when eating or drinking.

Holiday safety: With Thanksgiving break less than three weeks away, it’s a good time for a reminder about safety when it comes to travel and gatherings. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has posted its guidance on low-, moderate-, and high-risk activities for Thanksgiving, including a recommendation against traveling. Gatherings with people outside of your household are still limited according to state and county health orders. You can review the state guidelines on gatherings here.

Attendance: An attendance survey is required for documentation of students’ daily attendance for non-campus days and is an important check-in that helps us to track student engagement. It also assists in identifying students who need support in completing their asynchronous off-track work or their Stay at Home Learning Plan assignments.

  • If your student is in middle school, they must complete the survey on all off-track, off-campus days – Track A, Wednesday/Friday; Track B, Tuesday/Thursday.
  • If your elementary or middle school student is on a Stay at Home Learning Plan, they must complete the survey Tuesday through Friday while they are on the at-home plan.
  • Students do not need to complete a survey on Mondays because all students check in with their teachers.

You will receive a message from the school if your student does not complete the survey on the days it is required. Links to your student’s school survey can be found at At Home Learning Resources for Parents page on the EUSD website.

Thank you for your continued support.

November 2, 2020

As a result of three positive COVID-19 cases at Mission Middle School, combined with a high case rate in the surrounding neighborhoods, our superintendent has decided to implement a temporary suspension of all on-campus activities at Mission Middle School through November 16, 2020.

The suspension of activities includes in-person instruction in the hybrid model and extended care. Students will follow the Virtual Hybrid Schedule at home during the temporary school suspension period.

The San Diego County Department of Public Health is aware of the multiple cases at Mission Middle School, and is currently reviewing the cases with the California Department of Public Health. Our decision to suspend on-campus learning was not directed by a public health department. County health officials have continued to express confidence in EUSD’s health and safety protocols. This decision was made to ensure the stability of the educational program offered to our students, as well as to continue our commitment to ensuring the health and safety of our students and employees.

On-campus instruction will resume for Mission Middle School on Tuesday, November 17. We recognize that this decision directly impacts the Mission families, and we thank them for their support and patience as we continue to strive to provide your students with an exceptional learning experience in a safe and healthy environment.

October 30, 2020

Now that the district has successfully implemented our hybrid model for on-campus instruction for all grades, we are ready to look ahead and continue to plan for the next phase of a most unusual school year.

We are collecting your input via the interactive platform Thoughtexchange. As we continue to respond to the changing conditions of the COVID-19 pandemic, we are seeking your thoughts to assist us in planning for the remainder of the 2020-2021 school year. Your feedback, as shared through this Thoughtexchange, will be invaluable to our efforts. We understand that there are still many questions and concerns, and we believe that answers and ideas can be found by listening and responding to the contributions of all of our stakeholder groups. Participate here and follow the discussion focused on this guiding question: What are the most important things our school district needs to think about as we continue to respond to COVID-19 and plan for the remainder of the 2020-2021 school year?

This Thoughtexchange opens today and will be available for one week. The platform gives all stakeholders an opportunity to share their thoughts, and to view and comment on the thoughts of others.

Read on for additional updates and reminders.

Holiday safety: As communities continue to experience spikes in coronavirus transmission, we urge you to keep your Halloween activities small, simple, and safe. Please review the County of San Diego Guidance for Celebrating Halloween, which also includes suggestions for alternative  activities. County, state, and federal public health officials strongly discourage door-to-door trick-or-treating and parties. Under the current county public health order, in-person events or parties containing more than three households are not permitted, even if they are conducted outdoors. We understand that forgoing the usual Halloween festivities this year is disappointing. However, complying with public health protocols is essential in order to prevent the spread of COVID-19 – especially to ensure the continuation of on-campus instruction, as well as the safety of our students and employees.

Time change: It’s time to “fall back.” Daylight saving time ends at 2 a.m. Sunday, November 1. Be sure to set your clocks back one hour on Saturday night.

Election Day reminder: Tuesday, November 3, will be a virtual day for all students, with all instruction conducted remotely. Students will not report to campus on Tuesday and instead will follow the Monday schedule. This schedule change will eliminate the need to have our students on campus with community members on Election Day. Seven EUSD schools will serve as polling places for in-person voting. Students enrolled in the Hybrid Model will report to campus as usual the rest of the week. County elections officials will follow daily disinfecting protocols for our facilities.

Nutrition: On Tuesday, November 3, the distribution time will be extended for no-cost to-go meals, with pick-up available from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at your neighborhood school. Meal distribution will return to the regular schedules on Wednesday, November 4. The detailed schedules, which are categorized by grade level and program type, are available online.

Please continue strict adherence to health and safety measures: Wear a face mask, wash your hands, avoid unnecessary gatherings, and stay home if you are sick. The more we are united in our efforts to prevent the spread of COVID-19, the sooner we can return to a full in-person schedule. Be well and stay safe.

October 23, 2020

For the first time in more than 200 days, we have students from every grade level on every campus experiencing in-person instruction. That amount of time is the equivalent of nearly four summer breaks! Yes, our return is in the form of a limited on-campus schedule, but make no mistake: EUSD is back, and it looks and feels great!

In order to keep this incredible momentum going, we encourage you to continue strict adherence to health and safety protocols: Wear a face mask, wash your hands, avoid unnecessary gatherings, and stay home if you are sick. We continue to monitor the region’s COVID statistics, and will return to a full in-person schedule when it is safe to do so. The more we are united in our efforts to prevent the spread of COVID-19, the sooner we can make this happen. Here are this week’s updates and reminders.

Quarantine protocol: The full implementation of our on-campus Hybrid Models means there is  the possibility that a quarantine or closure could be required as the result of COVID-19 exposure. This is the unfortunate reality of life during a pandemic; there is some risk in bringing people together on campus even with every health and safety prevention measure in place. A quarantine notice does not mean the virus was contracted at school; a student or employee could be asymptomatic and test positive as a result of exposure to a COVID-positive contact outside of school. If an individual student is sent home because of a COVID exposure, that student can access their Stay at Home Learning Plan, which will be located on the weekly Learning Matrix.

EUSD is equipped with plans and protocols in the event that students or staff are identified as having close contact with an individual with COVID-19 that results in the need for a 14-day quarantine among a cohort of students and teachers. Should a COVID exposure occur, all individuals who are identified as a close contact will be notified immediately and provided with directions. A class will be closed and students and teachers will be sent home to self-quarantine if a student or a teacher tests positive for COVID-19. If a class is closed, that entire group will follow their Hybrid Model schedule virtually during this time. A school will be closed and students and staff sent home to self-quarantine if there are multiple cases in multiple cohorts of COVID-19 at the school within a 14-day period. The entire school community also will receive a notification any time there is a student or staff member who has tested positive and was on campus during their potentially infectious period.

District Office: EUSD’s Carilyn Gilbert Education Center will re-open for in-person services beginning Monday, October 26. Following pandemic social distancing guidelines, we continue to  limit the number of people in the building. We ask that you call ahead to make an appointment with the appropriate department. The district office, located at 2310 Aldergrove Ave., will be open 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday. The main phone number is 760-432-2400.

Election Day: November 3 will be a virtual day for all students, with all instruction conducted remotely. Students will not report to campus on that Tuesday and instead will follow the Monday schedule. State officials have directed school districts to work with county election officials to provide polling places for in-person voting. School auditoriums offer the space needed to accommodate social distancing requirements and other pandemic-related public health guidelines. Several EUSD schools will serve as polling places. This schedule change will eliminate the need to have our students on campus with community members on Election Day. Students enrolled in the Hybrid Model will report as usual the rest of the week.

Nutrition: The distribution time will be extended for no-cost to-go meals on Tuesday, November 3, with pick-up available from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at your neighborhood school. Meal distribution will return to the regular schedules on Wednesday, November 4. The detailed schedules, which are categorized by grade level and program type, are available online. EUSD’s no-cost nutrition program currently serves all students regardless of their school of attendance.

Be well and stay safe.

October 21, 2020

We have an important update to our instructional calendar: November 3, 2020, will be a virtual day for all students, with all instruction conducted remotely. Students will not report to campus on that Tuesday and instead will follow the Monday schedule.

Tuesday, November 3, is Election Day. State officials have directed school districts to work with county election officials to provide polling places for in-person voting. School auditoriums offer the space needed to accommodate social distancing requirements and other pandemic-related public health guidelines.

Several EUSD schools will serve as polling places. This schedule change will eliminate the need to have our students on campus with community members on Election Day. Students enrolled in the Hybrid Model will report as usual on November 4, 5, and 6.

The November 3 virtual day will take the place of the previously scheduled minimum day on Friday, November 20. Students will follow the regular Friday schedule on November 20.

Be well and stay safe.

October 16, 2020

We have successfully completed the second phase of our return to on-campus instruction. Seeing the excitement among the students as they return to campus has been the greatest reward! We continue to demonstrate our resilience and adaptability as a community. EUSD enters our third phase of reopening next week, welcoming all students enrolled in the hybrid model. We know it isn’t easy adjusting to new schedules and new procedures, but please know that everything we do is designed to ensure the health and safety of our students and employees.

Here are this week’s important reminders and updates.

COVID testing: Our new normal also includes greater access to COVID testing. EUSD is proud to be joining all school districts across the county and state in recommending that all employees be tested every two months. Health officials encourage testing as an important part of helping to contain and reduce the spread of COVID-19. Information about testing sites across the county can be found at this link. Our community is fortunate to have two nearby locations offering free testing: the California Center for the Arts, Escondido, and Cal State San Marcos. No appointment is necessary and insurance is not required.

Nutrition: The new schedules for the distribution of no-cost meals take effect for all grades next week. Please review the detailed schedules, which are categorized by grade level and program type. For families of students enrolled in the Full Distance E-Learning model, please note that meal pick-up is available at your neighborhood school from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Monday and 11 to 11:30 a.m. Tuesday through Friday. EUSD’s no-cost nutrition program currently serves all students regardless of their school of attendance.

EUSD’s participation in the USDA Farmers to Families Food Boxes program continues from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. October 19, October 26, and November 2 at each of the district’s five middle schools – Bear Valley, Del Dios, Hidden Valley, Mission, and Rincon. Each site receives 54 food boxes containing milk, cheese, yogurts, chicken, taco meat, potatoes, apples, onions, and carrots. One box per car is available on a first-come, first-served basis while supplies last.

Health and safety expectations: With the return to in-person instruction, please discuss with your child the importance of safety protocol and respectful behaviors on campus. The following actions will result in consequences that may include suspension and removal from the in-person, on-campus Hybrid Model program:

  • Intentionally spreading germs or bodily fluids toward others or on others’ personal items.
  • Purposely coughing or sneezing on others or others’ items.
  • Refusing to maintain 6 feet of distance with the intent of causing fear or intimidating.
  • Refusing to wear a face covering or wear it correctly after reminders.
  • Making threatening statements about spreading COVID-19.

All students and all school employees are required to wear a face mask while at school. The district will provide face masks to employees and students if needed. Face masks are not required when eating or drinking.

On-campus schedules: Phase 3 of reopening begins the week of Monday, October 19, with the start of the in-person Hybrid Model for students in grades 3 through 8. The Modified Classic Hybrid Model schedule for grades TK through 5 is four half-days on campus, one day of distance learning; and the Two-Day Hybrid schedule for grades 6 through 8 is two full days on campus, three days of distance learning. Contact your school office for schedule questions or to be placed on a program waitlist.

Healthy practices: The most important actions we can take to prevent the spread of COVID-19 are the simplest: Wash hands frequently, wear a face mask, maintain 6 feet of physical distance, avoid unnecessary gatherings with people outside of your household. This EUSD Health and Safety Procedures handout includes helpful reminders. Please, do not send your child to school if they are sick in any way, or if they are awaiting the results of a COVID-19 test. If you or your child have symptoms of or have tested positive for COVID-19, or if your child has been in contact with someone who has tested positive for COVID-19, stay home and contact the health technician at your child’s school.

Thank you for your ongoing patience and support.

October 9, 2020

We hope this message finds you well as we continue our careful, phased return to in-person instruction. Ensuring the health and safety of our students and employees remains our leading priority. A comprehensive update on the district’s reopening plan was presented to the Board of Education on Thursday night, and we encourage you to review it here for details related to this week’s important reminders and updates.

Healthy resources: To remain open, we must remain vigilant when it comes to maintaining healthy practices. Please continue to assist all members of your household in following all safety procedures, including frequent hand-washing, wearing a face mask, maintaining 6 feet of physical distancing, and avoiding unnecessary gatherings. Find additional helpful tips in this Keeping Your Family Healthy video from the Family Engagement team and in this EUSD Health and Safety Procedures handout.

Do not send your child to school if they are sick in any way, or if they are awaiting the results of a COVID-19 test. If you or your child have symptoms of or have tested positive for COVID-19, or if your child has been in contact with someone who has tested positive for COVID-19, please stay home and contact the health technician at your child’s school.

On-campus schedules: Phase 2 of reopening begins the week of Monday, October 12, with the start of the in-person Hybrid Model for students in Transitional Kindergarten through grade 2 and for all Special Education Non-Severe Separate Class Students in Transitional Kindergarten through grade 5. Phase 3 of reopening begins the week of Monday, October 19, with the start of the in-person Hybrid Model for students in grades 3 through 8.

The Modified Classic Hybrid Model schedule for grades TK through 5 is four half-days on campus, one day of distance learning; and the Two-Day Hybrid schedule for grades 6 through 8 is two full days on campus, three days of distance learning. We are unable to accommodate changes or requests at this time. Contact your school office for schedule questions.

Health and safety expectations: EUSD takes the health risks of COVID-19 seriously. With the return to in-person instruction, please discuss with your child the importance of safety protocol and respectful behaviors on campus. The following actions will result in consequences that may include suspension and removal from the in-person, on-campus Hybrid Model program:

  • Intentionally spreading germs or bodily fluids toward others or on others’ personal items.
  • Purposely coughing or sneezing on others or others’ items.
  • Refusing to maintain 6 feet of distance with the intent of causing fear or intimidating.
  • Refusing to wear a face covering or wear it correctly after reminders.
  • Making threatening statements about spreading COVID-19.

As a reminder, all students and all school employees are required to wear a face mask while at school. The district will provide face masks to employees and students if needed. Face masks are not required when eating or drinking.

Nutrition: EUSD is a new beneficiary of the USDA Farmers to Families Food Boxes program. A limited number of these free food boxes will be distributed from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. on October 13, October 19, October 26, and November 2 at each of the district’s five middle schools – Bear Valley, Del Dios, Hidden Valley, Mission, and Rincon. Boxes will be available while supplies last during the distribution window. Boxes are expected to include milk, cheese, yogurts, chicken, taco meat, potatoes, apples, onions, and carrots.

With the transition to on-campus hybrid instruction, the schedule for the distribution of no-cost meals is updating. Please review the detailed schedules, which are categorized by grade level and program type, on our COVID-19 resource website. The new nutrition schedules take effect the week of October 12 for grades TK through 2 and the week of October 19 for grades 3 through 8. Please review the schedules for details on the transition from the current Tuesday and Thursday meals distribution. As a reminder, EUSD’s no-cost nutrition program currently serves all students regardless of their school of attendance.

Thank you for your continuing support and patience.

October 2, 2020

The first phase of our return to in-person, on-campus instruction has come to a close, and we were thrilled to see so many happy students in our classrooms. We appreciate all of the collaboration, cooperation, and patience from our families and staff members, resulting in a safe, successful opening. We look forward to the next phases of our reopening throughout October.

Here are the latest important reminders and updates.

Healthy resources: To remain open, we must remain vigilant when it comes to maintaining  healthy practices. Please continue to assist all members of your household in following all safety procedures, including frequent hand-washing, wearing a face mask, maintaining 6 feet of physical distancing, and avoiding unnecessary gatherings of 10 or more people. Here are some helpful resources:

Do not send your child to school if they are sick in any way, or if they are awaiting the results of a COVID-19 test. If you or your child have symptoms of or have tested positive for COVID-19, or if your child has been in contact with someone who has tested positive for COVID-19, please stay home and contact the health technician at your child’s school. County health officials say that getting a flu shot is more important than ever during this pandemic. Contact your health provider or visit the county’s flu information website.

On-campus schedules: Families of students enrolled in the hybrid model should have received a track assignment for your child. The track determines what days and times your child will attend in-person learning on campus. The Modified Classic Hybrid Model schedule for grades TK through 5 is four half-days on campus, one day of distance learning; and the Two-Day Hybrid schedule for grades 6 through 8 is two full days on campus, three days of distance learning. We are unable to accommodate changes or requests at this time. Contact your school office for schedule questions. Here is the timeline for the next phases:

  • Phase 2, week of October 12: Start of in-person Hybrid Model for students in Transitional Kindergarten through grade 2; all Special Education Non-Severe Separate Class Students in Transitional Kindergarten through grade 5.
  • Phase 3, week of October 19: Start of in-person Hybrid Model for students in grades 3 through 8.

All students and all school employees will be required to wear a face mask while at school. The district will provide face masks to employees and students if needed. Face masks are not required when eating or drinking.

The on-campus reopening phases do not affect instruction for students enrolled in the Full Distance E-Learning Model. Their current schedules will continue uninterrupted.

Parent-teacher conferences: Next Thursday and Friday, October 8 and October 9, are non-student days, reserved for annual parent-teacher conferences. This newsletter provides information on this year’s virtual parent-teacher conferences, and the Additional Resources section of this webpage offers helpful tips on making the most of conferences with your child’s teacher.

Nutrition: To-go meal distribution will not take place on Thursday, October 8, as a result of teacher conferences. The meals that are usually included in Thursday’s distribution will be added to the Tuesday handout. EUSD’s no-cost nutrition program currently serves all students regardless of their school of attendance. The to-go meals are available for pickup from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. every Tuesday and Thursday at all EUSD elementary and middle school sites. Meals are available to all Escondido children ages 1 to 18. The twice-weekly distribution will include breakfast and lunch food for weekdays. In addition, fresh pizza, until supplies last, will be included in the meal distribution at the five EUSD middle schools and Quantum Academy.

Thank you for your continuing support and patience.

September 25, 2020

We are very excited to welcome back students to our schools for in-person, on-campus instruction. The return to campus, which begins Monday with the first phase, is the result of extensive, careful planning that focused on safety and academic success.

Our return to in-person instruction in a hybrid model also depended upon the county’s COVID-19 case rate and other metrics. To remain open, we must remain vigilant when it comes to following healthy practices.

Here are the latest important reminders and updates.

On-campus schedules: On Monday, families of students enrolled in the hybrid model will receive an email that provides you with information on the track your child has been assigned. The track determines what days and times your child will attend in-person learning on campus. We are unable to accommodate changes or requests at this time.

The Modified Classic Hybrid Model schedule for grades TK through 5 is four half-days on campus, one day of distance learning; and the Two-Day Hybrid schedule for grades 6 through 8 is two full days on campus, three days of distance learning. As a reminder, here is the timeline for the return to campus:

  • Phase 1, week of September 28: State Preschool Program, all Special Education Self-Contained Separate Class Preschool; all Special Education Moderate/Severe Self-Contained Separate Class Students in Transitional Kindergarten through grade 8.
  • Phase 2, week of October 12: Start of in-person Hybrid Model for students in Transitional Kindergarten through grade 2; all Special Education Non-Severe Separate Class Students in Transitional Kindergarten through grade 5.
  • Phase 3, week of October 19: Start of in-person Hybrid Model for students in grades 3 through 8.

Face masks: All students and all school employees will be required to wear a face mask while at school. The district will provide face masks to employees and students if needed. Face masks are not required when eating or drinking.

Nutrition: As students return to in-person instruction, our nutrition team is adding to its meal service. Students in Preschool and Special Education classes will be offered one meal to eat while on campus, and will receive one meal to take home. All families of students in Preschool and Special Education still may pick up to-go meals for other children in their household during the regular distribution.

EUSD’s no-cost nutrition program currently serves all students regardless of their school of attendance. The to-go meals are available for pickup from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. every Tuesday and Thursday at all EUSD elementary and middle school sites. Meals are available to all Escondido children ages 1 to 18. The twice-weekly distribution will include breakfast and lunch food for weekdays. In addition, fresh pizza, until supplies last, will be included in the meal distribution at the five EUSD middle schools and Quantum Academy. If your child has special dietary needs, contact Lupe Saldivar at 760-432-2332 or msaldivar@eusd.org.

Healthy habits: As your child looks forward to returning to the classroom, this is a good time to remind them of the importance of washing their hands and wearing a face mask. Families, please continue following healthy practices at home and in the community as well: Wear a face mask, maintain 6 feet of physical distancing, wash your hands anytime you are outside of your home and when you are with non-household members, and avoid any unnecessary gatherings of 10 or more people. Do not send your child to school if they are sick in any way, or if they are awaiting the results of a COVID-19 test. If you or your child have symptoms of or have tested positive for COVID-19, or if your child has been in contact with someone who has tested positive for COVID-19, please stay home and contact the health technician at your child’s school.

Flu season: County health officials say that getting a flu shot is more important than ever during this pandemic. A yearly flu shot is the first step in preventing influenza viruses during flu season. Contact your health provider or visit the county’s flu information website.

Thank you for your continuing support and patience.

September 22, 2020

The California Department of Public Health today released updated COVID-19 tier assessments for the week. San Diego County remains in the red tier, avoiding being moved to the lowest, most-restrictive tier of the state reopening system

This means that the Escondido Union School District will proceed with our phased return to on-campus instruction. The following is the timeline for the implementation of the on-campus Hybrid Model, phased in over four weeks with selected groups of students:

  • Phase 1, week of September 28: State Preschool Program, all Special Education Self-Contained Separate Class Preschool; all Special Education Moderate/Severe Self-Contained Separate Class Students in Transitional Kindergarten through grade 8.
  • Phase 2, week of October 12: Start of in-person Hybrid Model for students in Transitional Kindergarten through grade 2; all Special Education Non-Severe Separate Class Students in Transitional Kindergarten through grade 5.
  • Phase 3, week of October 19: Start of in-person Hybrid Model for students in grades 3 through 8.

Phase 1 families of students enrolled in the Hybrid Model were notified of their child’s cohort schedule the week of September 14. Phase 2 and Phase 3  families of students enrolled in the Hybrid Model will be notified of their child’s cohort schedule the week of September  28. As a reminder, the Modified Classic Hybrid Model schedule for grades TK through 5 is four half-days on campus, one day of distance learning; and the Two-Day Hybrid schedule for grades 6 through 8 is two full days on campus, three days of distance learning. This timeline does not affect instruction for students enrolled in the Full Distance E-Learning Model. Their current schedules will continue uninterrupted.

According to the state’s Blueprint for a Safer Economy, which outlines the metrics and conditions for reopening, the county will remain in the red tier for two weeks, because it takes two successive weeks of bad metrics to move back a tier. During the weekly assessment, if a county’s adjusted case rate and/or test positivity has fallen within a more restrictive tier for two consecutive weekly periods, the county must revert to the more restrictive tier.

As we prepare to bring our students and teachers together on campus for the first time in seven months, it is now more important than ever for our community members to vigilantly continue following healthy practices. Please wear a mask, maintain six feet of physical distancing with anyone who is not a member of your immediate household, and wash your hands anytime you are outside of your home and when you are with non-household members. If you or your child have symptoms of COVID-19, are awaiting COVID-19 test results, have tested positive for COVID-19, or have been in contact with someone who has tested positive for COVID-19, please stay home and contact the health technician at your child’s school.

We are closely monitoring the situation and continue to work with local public health officials as we move forward. We will continue to provide you with updates as soon as they become available. Thank you for your continuing support and patience.

September 18, 2020

You are likely aware that the County of San Diego may be moved on Tuesday to the lowest tier of the state reopening system as the result of an increase in the COVID-19 case rate.

Given this recent information, the parent notification timelines we shared last week are being re-examined for all phased re-entries for EUSD students. At this time, we are still trying to gain clarity on whether a change in the county’s COVID-19 tier status would prevent us from adhering to our reopening timeline. The purple tier designation likely means EUSD would not be permitted to open our campuses for in-person instruction until the county has returned to the red tier and remains in the red tier for two weeks. This would be October 27 at the earliest. As of today, there is still a great deal of confusion among public health officials at various levels. Additional time is needed before we are able to clearly inform you of the specifics for our reopening timeline.

We understand this update is disappointing for our families and employees, who have been working diligently to create and implement plans to safely reopen our campuses. We know any new restriction on reopening may have a ripple effect on your jobs, child care arrangements, and more. We are closely monitoring the situation and continue to work with local public health officials as we move forward. We will continue to provide you with updates as soon as they become available.

I appreciate your flexibility and understanding as we adjust to these ever-changing conditions. Here are additional updates:

Healthy reminder: As we continue to prepare for the eventual return of in-person instruction, it is extremely important for our families, students, and staff members to be vigilant about following healthy practices at home and in our community. Please remember to wear a mask, maintain six feet of physical distancing with anyone who is not a member of your immediate household, and wash your hands anytime you are outside of your home and when you are with non-household members. If you or your child have symptoms of COVID-19, are awaiting COVID-19 test results, have tested positive for COVID-19, or have been in contact with someone who has tested positive for COVID-19, please stay home and contact the health technician at your child’s school.

Technology update: Our Technology Services team has added features to improve communication regarding the status of online educational and district resources. The home page of the EUSD website now features a pop-up notification whenever any of our essential online services are experiencing an outage or other interruption. A more detailed view of the status of our online services is available at eusd.org/status.The EUSD Status page service allows the Technology Services team to keep our students, families, and staff members updated with information about outages and maintenance windows for critical technology services and infrastructure. Notifications for scheduled technology maintenance windows also are included in the pop-up and EUSD Status page.

Thank you for your continuing support in ensuring the academic success, health, and safety of our community as we all work toward the goal of a full return to campus.

September 11, 2020

In EUSD, we have not strayed from our commitment to extensive planning for the safe and efficient return to in-person learning for the 2020-2021 school year. This process continued Thursday night, as we presented a comprehensive update on our back-to-school planning to the Board of Education for review.

This presentation included regional data on COVID-19 in our community, EUSD safety protocols, the EUSD Safe School Reopening Plan, and a timeline and description for the phased transition from the virtual Hybrid Model to an on-campus experience. Click the links to review the draft Safe School Reopening Plan and the Reopening Plan Update presentation.

After lengthy discussion and careful consideration, the Board of Education directed district leadership to move forward with the following timeline for the implementation of the on-campus Hybrid Model, phased in over four weeks with selected groups of students:

  • Phase 1, week of September 28: State Preschool Program, all Special Education Self-Contained Separate Class Preschool; all Special Education Moderate/Severe Self-Contained Separate Class Students in Transitional Kindergarten through grade 8.
  • Phase 2, week of October 12: Start of in-person Hybrid Model for students in Transitional Kindergarten through grade 2; all Special Education Non-Severe Separate Class Students in Transitional Kindergarten through grade 5.
  • Phase 3, week of October 19: Start of in-person Hybrid Model for students in grades 3 through 8.

Phase 1 families of students enrolled in the Hybrid Model will be notified of their child’s cohort schedule the week of September 14. Phase 2 and Phase 3  families of students enrolled in the Hybrid Model will be notified of their child’s cohort schedule the week of September  28. As a reminder, the Modified Classic Hybrid Model schedule for grades TK through 5 is four half-days on campus, one day of distance learning; and the Two-Day Hybrid schedule for grades 6 through 8 is two full days on campus, three days of distance learning.

This timeline does not affect instruction for students enrolled in the Full Distance E-Learning Model. Their current schedules will continue uninterrupted.

Here are additional updates.

Reading at home: We realize our students are missing visits to the library, and so we wanted to share with you resources for virtual library visits to support at-home reading. Head over to the Escondido Public Library website to access their e-book collection, which can be used with your child’s school iPad. Follow these instructions to sign up for a library card. Then, follow the directions here to add the Libby application to your school iPad to access library e-books for listening and reading.

Meals pickup: EUSD’s no-cost nutrition program currently serves all students regardless of their school of attendance. The to-go meals are available for pickup from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. every Tuesday and Thursday at all EUSD elementary and middle school sites. Meals are available to all Escondido children ages 1 to 18. The twice-weekly distribution will include breakfast and lunch food for weekdays. Meals can be picked up at any EUSD school. If your child has special dietary needs, contact Lupe Saldivar at 760-432-2332 or msaldivar@eusd.org. Nutritional information and menus are available online. Tuesday pickup includes lunch for Tuesday and Wednesday; breakfast for Wednesday and Thursday. Thursday pickup includes lunch for Thursday, Friday, and Monday; breakfast for Friday, Monday, and Tuesday. In addition, fresh pizza, until supplies last, will be included in the meal distribution at the five EUSD middle schools and Quantum Academy.

Thank you for your continuing support in ensuring the health and safety of our community as we all work toward the goal of a full return to campus. Please continue to limit your gatherings, wear your face coverings, practice physical distancing, and wash hands frequently.

September 4, 2020

As we head into a long, hot weekend after two weeks of distance learning, I encourage you to take a moment to reflect on the resilience, patience, and innovation demonstrated by every single member of the EUSD community – students and teachers, parents and staff members alike. We are better together!

Here are this week’s updates and reminders.

Meals pickup: Recent action by the U.S. Department of Agriculture has allowed EUSD to expand its no-cost nutrition program to include weekend meals, and to serve all students regardless of their school of attendance. The to-go meals are available for pickup from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. every Tuesday and Thursday at all EUSD elementary and middle school sites. Meals are available to all Escondido children ages 1 to 18. The twice-weekly distribution will include breakfast and lunch food. Meals can be picked up at any EUSD school. If your child has special dietary needs, contact Lupe Saldivar at 760-432-2332 or msaldivar@eusd.org. Nutritional information and menus are available online. Tuesday pickup includes lunches for Tuesday through Friday; breakfasts for Wednesday through Friday. Thursday pickup includes lunches for Saturday through Monday; breakfasts for Saturday through Tuesday. In addition, fresh pizza, until supplies last, will be included in the meal distribution at the five EUSD middle schools and Quantum Academy.

Student absences: Even though your children are not physically present in a classroom with us, we still miss them when they are absent. Please continue to report any absences for your  child to the school office.

COVID-19 watchlist: While public health officials recently granted schools permission to reopen for in-person instruction, EUSD remains committed to our current reopening timeline, which calls for distance learning through September 25. We are monitoring student enrollment numbers along with regional health conditions in order to implement the hybrid models in person in a safe and efficient manner. Our staff continues to work on the next phase of our reopening timeline, and we expect to have an update for you at the end of next week.

Thank you for your continuing support in ensuring the health and safety of our community. Especially this holiday weekend, please remember to limit your gatherings, wear your face coverings, practice physical distancing, and wash hands frequently.

August 28, 2020

You made it. It was far from easy, but together we have completed the first week of a most unusual new school year. More than 14,200 students and hundreds of teachers were connected to 20,000 Google and SeeSaw classrooms, 27,000 tablets and laptops, and nearly 700 daily Zoom sessions. Of course, the launch wasn’t without technical hiccups, despite countless hours of preparation. Thank you for your flexibility, patience, and understanding. I have to believe that even the inventors of Zoom never planned for this level of usage!

Here are this week’s updates and reminders.

COVID-19 watchlist: You may be aware that San Diego County public health officials gave permission to reopen schools for in-person instruction beginning next week. While this is encouraging news, the Escondido Union School District remains committed to our current reopening timeline, which calls for distance learning through September 25. We continue to monitor health conditions in the region in order to implement the hybrid models in person when it is safe to do so, and will provide an updated reopening timeline when it becomes available. We remain focused on the goal of returning to normal in a full campus reopening as soon as health and safety conditions permit.

Technology tip: If your student’s iPad is unable to connect to the internet or has applications that are grayed out and not working properly, please follow the attached instructions to erase and reactivate the iPad. After doing this, your student’s iPad will receive the necessary commands that enable internet access and applications to download that have been approved by the district. If you still encounter problems with your student’s iPad, please don’t hesitate to contact your student’s school.

Where to find help: Following are some direct connections for frequently asked questions and troubleshooting.

  • Staff members in your school office are available to help with numerous issues. Contact your school directly if:
    • You need assistance with enrollment, are having iPad activation issues, need to pick up learning materials, have questions specific to your school site, or forgot your student password.
    • Your school’s office team also can connect you with your site’s school social worker, health technician, psychologist, counselor, and principal.
  • For interdistrict transfer questions, email Lisseth Michel. For school choice questions, email Sonia De La Rosa.
  • For information on community resources or family education, contact your school’s Family Liaison.
  • For questions regarding Special Education, contact your principal, school psychologist, or program specialist.
  • For questions regarding Section 504, contact your school social worker.

Meals pickup: Breakfast and lunch will be available to all EUSD students at no cost during the 2020-2021 school year. The to-go meals will be available for pickup from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. every Tuesday and Thursday at all EUSD elementary and middle school sites. The twice-weekly distribution will include breakfast and lunch food for weekdays. Meals can be picked up at any EUSD school. If your child has special dietary needs, contact Lupe Saldivar at 760-432-2332 or msaldivar@eusd.org. Nutritional information and menus are available online.

Thank you for your continuing support in ensuring the health and safety of our community, and educational excellence. Remember to wear your face coverings, practice physical distancing, wash hands frequently, and limit your gatherings. We can #SaveOurSchoolYear!

August 21, 2020

We are just days away from the start of the 2020-2021 school year, and the EUSD team continues to work diligently to ensure a smooth experience for our students and families. We are looking forward to “seeing” you Tuesday! Here are the latest important reminders and updates.

COVID-19 watchlist: The County of San Diego was removed from the state’s COVID-19 watchlist on August 18, and now must now continue to show normal data for 14 consecutive days before schools are allowed to conduct in-person education. Even if a return to in-person instruction is allowed, it does not mean that EUSD will do so immediately. We have not yet set a date for when our programs will return to in-person learning, and we know that we will be in distance learning through September 25. EUSD continues to monitor health conditions in the region in order to implement the hybrid models in person when it is safe to do so. We remain focused on the goal of returning to normal in a full campus reopening as soon as health and safety conditions permit.

Nutrition: Breakfast and lunch will be available to all EUSD students at no cost during the 2020-2021 school year. The to-go meals will be available for pickup from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. every Tuesday and Thursday at all EUSD elementary and middle school sites. The twice-weekly distribution will include breakfast and lunch food for weekdays. Meals can be picked up at any EUSD school. If your child has special dietary needs, contact Lupe Saldivar at 760-432-2332 or msaldivar@eusd.org. Nutritional information and menus are available online.

Class assignments: Creating class schedules for the two Hybrid Learning models and Full Distance E-Learning Model is a complex process, and so class assignments will not be ready until Monday. EUSD staff members continue to work extended hours and through the weekends to prepare for the opening of school, including organizing class assignments.

Connect to your campus: Your teacher’s online landing page will be available on Monday through the student’s Clever portal on their district iPad. This brief video will show you how to log in to Clever. For more tips on how to support your child in distance learning, review this handout.

Enrollment and learning materials: The online registration process for the 2020-2021 school year remains open for new and returning students. School offices are open to provide assistance by phone.

Where to find help: Following are some direct connections for frequently asked questions and troubleshooting.

  • Staff members in your school office are available to help with numerous issues. Contact your school directly if:
    • You need assistance with enrollment, are having iPad activation issues, need to pick up learning materials, have questions specific to your school site, or forgot your student password.
    • Your school’s office team also can connect you with your site’s school social worker, health technician, psychologist, counselor, and principal.
  • For interdistrict transfer questions, email Lisseth Michel. For school choice questions, email Sonia De La Rosa.
  • For information on community resources or family education, contact your school’s Family Liaison.
  • For questions regarding Special Education, contact your principal, school psychologist, or program specialist.
  • For questions regarding Section 504, contact your school social worker.

Thank you for your continuing patience and support in ensuring the health and safety of our community, and educational excellence. Remember to wear your face coverings, practice physical distancing, wash hands frequently, and limit your gatherings. Together, we can #SaveOurSchoolYear!

August 14, 2020

The Escondido Union School District team is excited to welcome students and families to an extraordinary new school year. The 2020-2021 back-to-school experience looks different for all of us. When we return to teaching and learning on August 25, one important element of EUSD remains the same: Every teacher, principal, and staff member is committed to actualizing the unlimited potential of every learner. We may be physically apart temporarily, but we are united to ensure that every child succeeds in and out of the classroom, now more than ever.

Here are the latest important reminders and updates.

Welcome back webinar: Thank you to all who were able attend one of our welcome back webinars on Wednesday. We hope that the presentation answered many of your questions, and provided a clear picture of what distance learning will look like for your child. If you were unable to attend the webinar, a recording is available here and the slide presentation is available here. Included in the presentation are sample schedules for the Virtual Hybrid, In-Person Hybrid, and Full Distance E-Learning models. The schedules also are available on our COVID information page, under the Learning and Instruction tab.

Enrollment and learning materials: The online registration process for the 2020-2021 school year remains open for new and returning students. School offices are open to provide assistance by phone. If you have questions specific to your school site or if you need to pick up learning materials, please call your school office. School site phone numbers can be found here. School offices remain closed to the public.

Connect to your campus: Watch your email for an invitation from your principal for school welcome meetings that will be held next week via Zoom. After August 22, access to your teacher’s online landing page will be available through the student’s Clever portal on their district iPad. This brief video will show you how to log in to Clever. For more tips on how to support your child in distance learning, review this handout.

Nutrition: The district’s free, to-go meal distribution program continues through August 24 at five locations: Central, Farr Avenue, Felicita, Glen View, and Oak Hill elementary schools. The meal distribution will continue to take place 11 a.m. to noon Monday through Friday. Meals are provided for students 18 years and younger. Parents or guardians may pick up meals for children who are not able to leave their homes. Meals will continue to be provided when school reopens August 25 under a new distribution schedule.

EUSD continues to monitor health conditions in the region in order to implement the hybrid models in person when it is safe to do so. Public health conditions and guidelines are continually evolving, and we remain focused on the goal of returning to normal in a full campus reopening as soon as health and safety conditions permit. Please support us in this goal by wearing your face coverings, practicing physical distancing, washing hands frequently, and limiting your gatherings. Together, we can #SaveOurSchoolYear!

August 7, 2020

Dear EUSD Families,

We are looking forward to seeing our families this week – although behind face coverings – as we kick off back-to-school activities with the distribution of learning materials at all of our school sites. Here are important reminders and updates as we approach the opening of the 2020-2021 school year.

Superintendent’s Welcome Back webinar: Please join us via Zoom on Wednesday, August 12, for a Superintendent’s Welcome Back meeting to hear more about the upcoming school year. We have two opportunities for you to attend: 9 a.m. and 6 p.m. Spanish translation will be available. To join the webinar, click this link. The passcode is EUSD. The webinar ID is 942 2503 7108. To join by telephone, dial 1-669-900-9128, 1-253-215-8782, 1-346-248-7799, 1-312-626-6799, 1-646-558-8656, 1-301-715-8592.

Enrollment: If you have not completed the online registration process for the 2020-2021 school year, we encourage you to do so as soon as possible. The process is open for new and returning students. School offices are now open at every site, and assistance is available by phone. School site phone numbers can be found here. School offices remain closed to the public. The deadline has now passed for making a program model selection. Students who did not have a completed program selection form will be placed into the Hybrid Learning Model program.

Materials distribution: Learning materials distribution begins Monday in a drive-through process. Materials will be distributed to families from 8 to 11:30 a.m. August 10 through August 14. Students will receive textbooks, learning materials, a district iPad, and activation instructions in order to be ready for the first day of school August 25. The student needs to be present with an adult to receive the materials at their assigned school site. Face coverings are required during pickup. Walk-up service also will be available. The distribution schedule by grade level is:

• Monday, August 10: Transitional Kindergarten, Kindergarten, 1st grade, 6th grade.
• Tuesday, August 11: 2nd, 3rd, 7th grades.
• Wednesday, August 12: 4th, 5th, 8th grades.
• Thursday and Friday, August 13 and 14: Makeup days for all grades.

Preschool: EUSD Preschool is accepting applications for students who will turn 4 years old on or before December 1, 2020. To begin the process, complete the form available here. For more information, call the Preschool office at 760-489-4131 or visit the Preschool website. The free program is offered at seven schools.

Nutrition: The district’s free, to-go meal distribution program has been extended through August 24 at five locations: Central, Farr Avenue, Felicita, Glen View, and Oak Hill elementary schools. The meal distribution will continue to take place 11 a.m. to noon Monday through Friday. Meals are provided for students 18 years and younger. Parents or guardians may pick up meals for children who are not able to leave their homes.

As a reminder, EUSD will begin the year in a total virtual environment, including the hybrid learning models. The district will continue to monitor health conditions in the region in order to implement the hybrid models in person at a later date when it is safe to do so. Public health conditions and guidelines are continually evolving, and we remain focused on the goal of returning to normal in a full campus reopening as soon as health and safety conditions permit. Please wear your face coverings, practice physical distancing, wash hands frequently, and limit your gatherings. Together, we can #SaveOurSchoolYear!

July 31, 2020

With a solid vision for the opening of the 2020-2021 school year, extensive planning continues to implement that vision safely and efficiently in EUSD. Here are important reminders and updates.

Enrollment: The online registration process for the 2020-2021 school year is open for new and returning students. Beginning Monday, August 3, assistance will be available by phone at every school. School site phone numbers can be found here. School offices remain closed to the public at this time. We encourage you to complete the registration process as soon as possible.

Learning and instruction: EUSD will begin the year in a total virtual environment, including the hybrid learning models. The district will continue to monitor health conditions in the region in order to implement the hybrid models in person at a later date when it is safe to do so. Thank you to our families who submitted a program selection form for their child. The completed form reserved your child’s space in the selected learning model through the first trimester. Changes will not be considered until after the first trimester depending on space availability. Additional details, including sample schedules, can be found on our website.

After-school programming also will be offered virtually to students. More information on these programs, including how to apply, will be forthcoming.

Materials distribution: Learning materials will be distributed to families in a drive-through process from 8 to 11:30 a.m. August 10 through August 14 at every school site. At that time, students will receive textbooks, learning materials, a district iPad, and activation instructions in order to be ready for the first day of school August 25. The student needs to be present with an adult to receive the materials at their school site. Face coverings are required during pickup. The distribution schedule by grade level is:

• Monday, August 10: Transitional Kindergarten, Kindergarten, 1st grade, 6th grade.
• Tuesday, August 11: 2nd, 3rd, 7th grades.
• Wednesday, August 12: 4th, 5th, 8th grades.
• Thursday and Friday, August 13 and 14: Makeup days for all grades.

Please note that because public health conditions and guidelines are continually evolving, these times, dates, and schedules may be subject to change. We remain focused on the goal of returning to normal in a full campus reopening as soon as health and safety conditions permit. Please wear your face coverings, practice physical distancing, wash hands frequently, and limit your gatherings.

July 22, 2020

Dear EUSD Families,

On Thursday morning, we will be sending you a text and/or email with a link to an important form to complete for the new school year. The link will be sent to the contact mobile number and/or email that we have on file for you.

In the form, you will be selecting the learning model for your student to begin the 2020-2021 school year. You will receive a separate form link to complete for each of your EUSD students. Your response to this form is needed for enrollment planning, even if you have responded to previous surveys.

More information about the learning model choices – Hybrid Model or Full Distance E-Learning – are included in the form description, and answers to frequently asked questions will be available at eusd.org.

If you need assistance in completing this form, please call 760-432-2400 from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. July 23 through July 30. This form does not replace the online registration process for new and returning students.

We remain focused on the goal of returning to normal in a full campus reopening as soon as health and safety conditions permit.

July 17, 2020

Dear EUSD Families,

On Thursday night, we presented comprehensive information on our back-to-school planning to the Board of Education for review. This included survey results, details of our learning models, and regional data on COVID-19 in our community.

After lengthy discussion and careful consideration, the EUSD Board of Education took the following actions:

  • Approved a request to postpone the start of the 2020-2021 school year to Aug. 25.
  • Approved two hybrid learning model options:
    • For grades TK through 5: Modified Classic, with four half-days on campus, one day of distance learning
    • For grades 6 through 8: Two-Day Hybrid, with two full days on campus, three days of distance learning.
  • Approved the postponement of on-campus learning from Aug. 25 through Sept. 25. This calls for implementing the hybrid learning model schedule virtually in a distance learning environment. The district will continue to monitor health conditions in the region.

As a reminder, a Full Distance E-Learning model will be offered as well for families who prefer this option.

Next week, you will receive additional information about the opening of the 2020-2021 school year, including selecting a program model for your child, detailed program descriptions, and answers to frequently asked questions. The communication will include a link to complete a form for the program selection. This final selection will reserve a spot for your child in either program and assist the district with staffing.

In EUSD, we have continued to work on a realistic plan for the new school year, keeping the health and safety of your children and our employees as the guiding principle. Today, the governor announced updated guidance for the physical reopening of schools and has affirmed what we have followed in Escondido: Learning is non-negotiable. Safety is non-negotiable.

The governor also set the metrics that all schools and county public health officials must use to determine whether to reopen schools to in-person instruction. Schools can physically reopen for in-person instruction when its county has been off the monitoring list for 14 consecutive days. Currently, San Diego County is on the monitoring list. Schools in a county that do not meet this requirement must begin the school year virtually in a distance learning environment.

In addition, the guidance calls for all school employees and students in 3rd grade and above to wear face coverings. Students in 2nd grade and below are encouraged to wear face coverings. There are specific exceptions for students with special needs.

To review the full Guidance for Schools and School-Based Programs on the state COVID-19 website, click here.

We have the power to get our children back into school. The more diligent we are with adhering to the health and safety guidance, the sooner we can return to on-campus learning full time. Please wear your face coverings, practice physical distancing, wash hands frequently, and limit your gatherings.

We will continue our weekly updates as we monitor the situation. Thank you for your support and patience as we navigate this ever-changing situation. Please stay safe and be well.

July 10, 2020

Dear EUSD Families,

Our planning continues for the safe reopening of schools. The recent participation in our Full Distance Learning Model survey has provided valuable data as we assess our on-campus capacity.

In addition to the Full Distance Learning Model, EUSD plans to offer an On-Campus Learning Model that will provide on-campus time for in-person instruction. We are considering two on-campus models:

• Model 1: Hybrid. Two full days on campus. Three days of distance learning will take place at home.

• Model 2: Modified Classic. Four half-days on campus, one full day of distance learning.

Detailed explanations of each model are available in the July 9 Board of Education presentation available here.

Please complete this questionnaire by 5 p.m. Monday, July 13, to select your preference for an on-campus schedule to inform our decision. If you are a parent or guardian, complete one survey for each child who attends an EUSD school.

To be clear, at this time, our offerings for the reopening of school will be a full distance learning option and one of these two on-campus options: two-day hybrid or four-day hybrid. The survey will help inform our Board of Education, which will approve the On-Campus Learning Model. 

The survey does not confirm your child’s placement in a learning model, nor does it affect your child’s placement in School of Choice.

As a reminder, as of this writing, under the current public health regulations and guidelines, the district will not be able to safely accommodate all of our students on campus every day at the start of the 2020-2021 school year. Our goal is to return to a full-day, five-day on-campus option for every student as soon as it is safe.

Please know that the EUSD leadership team has listened to your feedback. We have worked closely with our stakeholders. We have explored numerous options. We are continuing to listen. Keeping up with the ever-changing pandemic-related guidelines is an exhausting task, made even more challenging by countless opinions on “the right way” to do things, along with resistance to those guidelines. We will not compromise the health and safety of your children and our employees.

For Special Education/504 students

The Escondido Union School District will ensure equitable programming under the learning model options for all students, including children with special needs. Based on federal guidance, EUSD must ensure that students with disabilities, to the greatest extent possible, are provided the special education and related services identified in his or her Individualized Education Program or Section 504 plan.

As a guiding principle, EUSD is seeking to maximize the services currently offered on each student’s regular IEP or 504 plan.

We are seeking to maximize service delivery configurations including, but not limited to: providing services during students’ on- and off-site days, and using virtual activities and means of instruction. For Special Education separate class programs, we are working to bring back students to the maximum extent possible; with smaller class sizes, we are exploring accommodating more on-site days. Special Education staff are in classrooms assessing layouts and instructional design to ensure student safety and learning.

EUSD will be providing parents with individualized information regarding what we can provide during this pandemic-impacted time. At that time, you will have the option to review the plan, connect with a staff member to ask questions, as well as to request an IEP or 504 meeting be held within the first 30 days of the school year.

Thank you for your support and patience. Be well.

June 30, 2020

Hello, EUSD Families.

As our development of learning models continues for the safe return to school, we are in need of important data that will help determine our capacity for on-campus options.

At this time, we are asking you to tell us whether you are planning to choose a Full Distance Learning Model for your child.

Based on feedback so far, we know that:

• A large percentage of our parents prefer on-campus learning five days a week.

• Some families prefer full distance learning at this time because of personal health and safety concerns.

By indicating your choice of a Full Distance Learning Model in this survey, you are committing to this option for your child through December. This option does not affect your child’s placement in school of choice.

Our robust, high-quality Full Distance Learning program will include increased student and teacher accountability, rigorous learning tasks, and the ability for a more personalized approach to learning for participating students.

We are asking all EUSD families to complete one survey for each child who attends an EUSD school by 5 p.m. July 10.

As of this writing, under the current public health regulations and guidelines, the district will not be able to accommodate all of our students on campus every day at the start of the 2020-21 school year. Our goal is to return to a full-day, five-day on-campus option for every student as soon as possible. Your response here will help us determine the capacity for additional on-campus learning options.

For Special Education/504 students

The Escondido Union School District must ensure equitable programming under the distance learning options for all students, including children with disabilities. Based on federal guidance, during the period of distance learning, EUSD must ensure that students with disabilities, to the greatest extent possible, are provided the special education and related services identified in his or her Individualized Education Program or Section 504 plan.

According to state guidelines, school districts should use the distance education models selected for all students as the basis for establishing a free appropriate public education. Once your survey is received, EUSD will review your preference and your child’s currently agreed upon plan, and prepare an individualized explanation of what we can provide in the distance learning option of your choice. As a guiding principle, EUSD is seeking to maximize the services currently offered on each student’s regular IEP or 504 plan.

We are also seeking to maximize service delivery configurations including, but not limited to: providing services during students’ on- and off-site days as well as using virtual activities and means of instruction. EUSD will be providing parents with individualized information in July regarding what we can provide during this COVID-19 impacted time. At that time, you will have the option to review the plan, connect with a staff member to ask questions, as well as to request an IEP or 504 meeting be held within the first 30 days of the school year.

June 26, 2020

Hello, EUSD Families.

The planning process for reopening our schools is ongoing, as we continue to evaluate developments from health and education officials at the local and state levels, as well as from the governor’s office.

We are working to determine how we can return safely to teaching and learning, reviewing all potential learning models, up to and including a full week model. Our work on our reopening plan is not complete. We anticipate sharing a survey with you in the next week in order to collect important data that will assist us in our back-to-school planning.

As a reminder, our guiding principles in this planning are: following public health and safety guidelines; maintaining an inclusive, caring, and supportive district culture; establishing systematic protocols; and providing timely communication and transparency.

Feedback from our families and employees is very important as we continue planning for the 2020-2021 school year. If you wish to comment on reopening plans, we invite you to do so here.

Health and safety regulations: The health and safety of our students and employees remain our top priority. With that in mind, it is important to remember that several important COVID-related health and safety mandates are still in effect. For the most recent local health and safety guidelines, please review the most recent County of San Diego public health order and emergency regulations document. For the latest health and safety updates at the state level, visit the California Department of Public Health COVID-19 website.

Nutrition update: If you visit one of the meal distribution sites next week, please give an extra thank you to the incredible nutrition staff and volunteers for their dedication to feeding the community. The district’s free, to-go meal distribution continues 11 a.m. to noon weekdays through Aug. 10 at five locations: Central, Farr, Felicita, Glen View, and Oak Hill elementary schools. However, there will be no distribution on Friday, July 3, for the Independence Day holiday. Additional meals to cover Friday and the weekend will be included in the Wednesday and Thursday distributions. Meals are provided for students 18 years and younger.

June 24, 2020

Hello, EUSD Families.

State budget developments over the past 24 hours have led us to press pause on our current draft reopening plans for the 2020-2021 school year.

At tomorrow’s regular Board of Education meeting, staff will provide an update on the two learning models in development, but we will not be asking the board to approve a final reopening plan at this point.

The planning process for reopening schools amid a pandemic is constantly changing, especially as we must evaluate every update from health and education officials at the local and state levels, as well as from the governor’s office. The new state budget developments may affect our current proposed learning models.

Our challenge continues to be how to offer a five-day, in-person learning model safely. The health and safety of our students and employees remain our top priority. I want to assure all of our stakeholders that we are listening. We are reviewing all of your feedback while we seek clarification on the latest developments from Sacramento. Additional information will be shared as soon as we get more clarification. I can assure you that our work on our reopening plan is not complete. Much can and will change before Aug. 11.

We appreciate your support as we continue on this unprecedented journey. If you wish to comment on this Family Communication, we invite you to do so here.

The regular meeting of the Board of Education is at 7 p.m. Thursday, June 25, via teleconference. Complete details are provided here for joining the board meeting via Zoom, or click this link to join the webinar. The webinar ID is 551 974 247. The meeting agenda is posted here. Community members may submit public comments – on an agenda item or another topic within the board’s jurisdiction – to the Board of Education via Google form between 10 a.m. and noon on the day of the board meeting.

June 19, 2020

Hello, EUSD Families.

Today, we are sharing a detailed update on the planning for EUSD’s return to teaching and learning on August 11. This includes some important acknowledgements:

  • EUSD leaders believe it is our moral imperative to do everything possible to ensure the health and safety of the EUSD community so that learning, growing, and working take place in a safe environment for your children and our employees.
  • It is impossible to respond in a way that will satisfy everyone. We know this. There is no one-size-fits-all solution in this situation.
  • Uncertainty is frustrating. We understand. There are more questions than answers. We take very seriously the immense responsibility we have in making decisions that affect your life.

As of this writing, under the current public health regulations and guidelines, the district will not be able to accommodate all of our students on campus every day at the start of the 2020-2021 school year. Our goal is to return to a full-day, five-day on-campus option for every student as soon as possible. If pandemic conditions improve over the summer, we will adjust accordingly. Information changes daily, and we continue to respond to those changes as they occur.

Learning Model options: Two Learning Model options will be provided: Hybrid and Full Distance Learning.

  • In the Hybrid option, students in Transitional Kindergarten, Kindergarten, and Grades 1, 2, and 3 will attend school on campus two full days a week, and students in 4th through 8th grades will attend school on campus one full day a week. On their non-campus schooldays, students in the Hybrid model participate in distance learning with additional support from their teacher(s) provided remotely.
  • In the Full Distance Learning option, students will not report to their campus and will be supported by their teacher remotely.

Next week, we will share a thorough description of these two models and will ask parents to choose their preferred option. With these two learning models, we are prepared to respond quickly to the continually evolving pandemic conditions: In the event that restrictions are eased or lifted entirely, we will be able to return to campus full time; if safety measures are increased, requiring full campus closures again, then we are prepared to support full distance learning for all.

The debate is endless about the “right way” to respond to the crisis in education caused by the pandemic. EUSD’s planning and decision-making process is led by these guiding principles:

  • Follow public health and safety guidelines.
  • Maintain an inclusive, caring, and supportive district culture.
  • Establish systematic protocols.
  • Provide timely communication and transparency.

We appreciate your support as we continue on this unprecedented journey. If you wish to comment on this Family Communication, we invite you to do so here.

Board meeting: The final version of the district’s reopening plan for the 2020-2021 school year will be presented at the next regular Board of Education meeting at 7 p.m. June 25. EUSD Board of Education meetings are conducted remotely via teleconference because of public health restrictions on large gatherings. Complete details are provided here for joining the board meeting via Zoom, or simply click this link to join the webinar. The webinar ID is 551 974 247.

The meeting agenda will be posted here 72 hours before the meeting. Community members may submit public comments – on an agenda item or another topic within the board’s jurisdiction – to the Board of Education via Google form. The link for public comments will be available between 10 a.m. and noon on the day of the board meeting.

June 12, 2020

Hello, EUSD Families.

Thank you for your participation in our recent Learning Options Survey, as well as the initial ThoughtExchange discussion.

Our collection of feedback began with this guiding question: As we plan for the opening of the 2020-2021 school year, what should we be considering that will assist you in feeling comfortable about sending your children or returning to work at our school sites?

Next, our Design Team launched planning sessions, led by these guiding principles: following public health and safety guidelines; maintaining an inclusive, caring, and supportive district culture; establishing systematic protocols; and timely communication and transparency.

Now, we are sharing the Draft Health and Safety Protocols as an attachment here for your review and comment. Once you have reviewed these protocols, please complete this Google Form to provide your feedback.

In the coming weeks, you will have an opportunity to look at the next phase of the Design Team’s work, which centers around our teaching and learning principles and schedules. These communication and review opportunities are intended to help you make an informed choice about what Teaching and Learning Model is best for your family. Please provide your feedback by June 19.

Thank you for your continued support. Email communications@eusd.org if you have any questions.

June 5, 2020

Hello, EUSD Families.

As I set out to write an end of the school year message expressing best wishes for a relaxing summer, I couldn’t find the right words. I thought maybe I would again express my gratitude for everyone coming together to keep our students connected these past few months. But we’ve said that before. Then I realized, I needed to focus on what was really on my mind: reflecting on the civil unrest in the face of the social injustices that our nation continues to experience.

With the death of George Floyd and other recent, racially charged incidents, resulting in protests across the country, our students and families join those who are experiencing a range of emotions – from anger and pain to deep sadness and fear. This pain comes on top of the tremendous stress of living through the pandemic, which has exacerbated inequities and disproportionately hurt historically underserved children.

Having discussions around the issues of race are always difficult and often uncomfortable. However, if we as adults can’t have those discussions ourselves, how can we teach our students to value the beauty of diversity? Our students need, now more than ever, the guidance and the tools to navigate the world in a healthy, safe, and productive way. To assist you in having conversations with your children, I want to pass along some helpful resources shared with me from the San Diego County Office of Education’s Equity Resources webpage.

Here are the latest important reminders and updates.

Parent survey: We continue to collect your input as we continue to prepare for the 2020-2021 school year. Your responses to this brief parent survey will help guide us as we design teaching and learning to meet the needs of our students, whether it’s in person on campus, in a virtual classroom, or in a hybrid model. The survey is open through today. Our work continues developing a plan for our return to teaching and learning on Aug. 11. The guiding principles are:

  • We will follow public health and safety guidelines;
  • Maintain an inclusive, caring, and supportive district culture;
  • Establish systematic protocols; and
  • Provide timely communication and transparency.

Summer enrichment: The EUSD Student Resources website now includes a Summer Activities webpage. Materials are included for all grades, from Transitional Kindergarten through 8th grade, as well as resources for newcomers. In addition, the webpage includes videos on social-emotional learning and family engagement.

Summer nutrition: The district’s free, to-go meal distribution will continue 11 a.m. to noon weekdays through Aug. 10 at five locations: Central, Farr, Felicita, Glen View, and Oak Hill elementary schools. Included in the distribution are three meals per day as well as four additional meals on Friday to cover the weekend. Meals are provided for students 18 years and younger. Parents or guardians may pick up meals for children who are not able to leave their homes. Please pick up meals at the school site closest to your home.

Student registration: Registration is open online for students new to the district in all grades, from Transitional Kindergarten through 8th grade. Details and instructions can be found at EUSD.org/registration. Registration for returning students will open in mid-July.

Thank you for your continued support. Email communications@eusd.org if you have any questions.

Be well,

Luis Rankins-Ibarra, Ed.D., Superintendent

June 3, 2020

Hello, EUSD Families.

We have an important update to the meal distribution program.

The district’s weekday meal distribution will continue through Aug. 10 at five locations. The free, to-go meal distribution will continue to take place 11 a.m. to noon Monday through Friday. Included in the distribution are three meals per day as well as four additional meals on Friday to cover the weekend.

Effective Thursday, June 4, the five distribution locations for summer will be:

  • Central Elementary, 122 W. Fourth Ave.
  • Farr Avenue Elementary, 933 Farr Ave.
  • Felicita Elementary, 737 W. 13th Ave.
  • Glen View Elementary, 2201 E. Mission Ave.
  • Oak Hill Elementary, 1820 Oak Hill Drive

Meals are provided for students 18 years and younger. Parents or guardians may pick up meals for children who are not able to leave their homes. Please pick up meals at the school site closest to your home.

Please note, additional EUSD meal distribution sites have now closed for the summer: Juniper Elementary, Rock Springs Elementary, Del Dios Academy, and Mission Middle School.

Thank you for your continued support. Email communications@eusd.org if you have any questions.

May 29, 2020

Hello, EUSD Families.

As this school year closes, work behind the scenes continues in earnest to develop a plan for our return to teaching and learning on Aug. 11. The district’s Design Team – composed of stakeholders including staff members, parents, Board of Education members, and others – is leading the work with these objectives in mind: to mitigate the impact of a COVID-19 environment, and to actualize the potential of every learner. Our guiding principles on this work are: following public health and safety guidelines; maintaining an inclusive, caring, and supportive district culture; establishing systematic protocols; and timely communication and transparency. The goal of the EUSD Design Team is to have a plan to share with our parents and staff by June 30, 2020.

Our communication with you will continue through summer. We appreciate everyone’s contribution to the Thoughtexchange, and our pursuit of feedback continues with a short parent survey. We look forward to hearing from you.

Here are the latest important reminders and updates.

Learning options survey: We are in need of your input as we continue to prepare for the 2020-2021 school year. Your responses to this brief parent survey will help guide us as we design teaching and learning to meet the needs of our students, whether it’s in person on campus, in a virtual classroom, or in a hybrid model. The survey will be open through June 5.

Summer Nutrition Distribution: Beginning June 4, the summer meal distribution sites will continue from 11 a.m. to noon Monday through Friday at the following locations: Central, Farr, Felicita, Glen View, and Oak Hill elementary schools, and Mission Middle School. Juniper will close at the end of the day on June 1 to accommodate a parking lot improvement project. In addition, Del Dios Academy and Rock Springs will close as distribution sites at the end of the day June 3.

Additional benefits available: If your student was receiving free or reduced-price meals before  the pandemic stay-at-home order, you are eligible for additional funding for food for your children. Pandemic EBT provides families with a debit card, preloaded with $365 per eligible child in your household. This benefit is in addition to the free to-go meals served by the district, as well as an addition to CalFresh, WIC, and other public benefits. P-EBT is not a public charge benefit. If you believe you qualify for this benefit, please visit this website to get started.

Economic circumstances have changed for many families as a result of the pandemic. Learn more about school meal benefits at EUSD Healthy Kids or complete a Meal Benefit Application. One application per household is needed. Applications for this year must be completed by June 2. Income eligibility guidelines can be found here.

Wifi access: Enhanced wifi signals at six school parking lots will continue to be available through summer. At these locations – Central Elementary (behind the preschool on South Broadway), Del Dios Academy, Juniper Elementary, Mission Middle, Reidy Creek Elementary, and Rock Springs Elementary – personal devices can connect to EUSDGUEST; the password is guest2020. If you visit a parking lot for wifi access, please maintain social distancing practices and wear a face covering.

Return of materials: If you missed the scheduled events to return student materials – iPads, iPad chargers and cords, textbooks, school library books, and musical instruments – please email your principal and/or teacher to make arrangements for drop-off.

Enrichment learning: Summer enrichment activities and materials will be available on the EUSD website by June 2. We will continue to share suggested activities through our weekly communication and social media channels.

Thank you for your continued support. Email communications@eusd.org if you have any questions. Be well.

May 22, 2020

Hello, EUSD Families.

While the 2019-2020 school year is winding down, our work as a district to serve the children of Escondido continues at full speed. We are focused on ensuring a safe conclusion to this school year, and on designing a safe environment for the next.

Year-end activities and celebrations may look quite different this year, but they will be delivered with the same dedication and care from principals, teachers, and staff members. None of us expected to be saying farewell over Zoom or returning iPads behind face coverings. But we are persevering, and a smile over Zoom or behind a face mask is just as welcome – and very much needed!

Here are the latest important reminders and updates.

Community survey: There’s still time to share your input on our Thoughtexchange as we plan for the next school year while continuing to respond to the conditions resulting from the COVID-19 pandemic. The Thoughtexchange platform will be open until midnight tonight. We encourage all stakeholders to share their thoughts, and to view and comment on the thoughts of others, focused on this key question: As we plan for the opening of the 2020-2021 school year, what should we be considering that will assist you in feeling comfortable about sending your children or returning to work at our school sites?

Nutrition Update: The district’s free to-go meal distribution for students 18 years and younger continues from 11 a.m. to noon weekdays. However, food distribution will not be held Monday, May 25. The regular schedule will resume May 26. The distribution locations are Central, Farr, Glen View, Juniper, Oak Hill, and Rock Springs elementary schools; Del Dios Academy; Mission Middle School; and Escondido, Orange Glen, and San Pasqual high schools. Please pick up meals at the school site closest to your home. Parents or guardians may pick up meals for children who are not able to leave their homes. Meal service is set to continue during summer.

End of year update: Drop-off events for student materials – iPads, iPad chargers and cords, textbooks, and school library books – begin Tuesday, May 26, at your school site. For inventory purposes and safety reasons, please return materials on your assigned date. Separate drop-offs for materials may be required for families with children in different grades and/or at different sites. If you have not yet returned your musical instruments used in band or the Allegro program, please bring them at this time. For your protection and the protection of others, please wear a face covering and follow all safety measures during these interactions.

Dates and times to return items to your school site are:

• May 26, 12:30 to 3:30 p.m.: Grades 2, 5, and 8.

• May 27, 12:30 to 3:30 p.m.: Grades 1, 4, and 6.

• May 28, 12:30 to 3:30 p.m.: Grades K, 3, and 7.

• May 29, 12:30 to 3:30 p.m.: Makeup day for all grades.

Distance Learning: Today, May 22, marked the final distribution of printed packets of learning materials. This packet includes activities for summer and additional social-emotional materials. Summer activities will be posted on the EUSD website by June 2.

Thank you for your continued support. Email communications@eusd.org if you have any questions. Be well.

May 15, 2020

Hello, EUSD Families.

With just a little more than two weeks left in the 2019-2020 school year, we are reflecting on all that we have accomplished together under extraordinary circumstances, as well as turning our attention to planning for what is likely to be a very atypical new school year. I am incredibly thankful for the patience, compassion, and collaboration demonstrated by our families and colleagues.

Our goal over the summer is to design, refine, and improve our current distance learning experiences, and begin to develop some new and innovative models for educating the children of Escondido. We are investigating a range of options, including a full distance learning model, a hybrid distance learning model that may provide opportunities for students to attend school onsite between one and four days a week, and a traditional full-day model. Much depends on the progression through the stages of safe return outlined by the governor. We are working with the high school district as well as other education colleagues across the county to investigate a number of potential models to address what school might look like in August. Our next step is to collect your input.

Here are the latest important reminders and updates.

Community survey: The Escondido Union School District calendar identifies Aug. 11 as the first day of the 2020-2021 school year. In preparation for the reopening of our campuses with likely space-sharing restrictions, we need to take important actions to ensure that we protect the health of our students and employees. Many questions need to be answered before any one of us will feel comfortable and confident in bringing students and staff back to our facilities. Many of the answers can be found by listening and responding to the thoughts and feelings of all of our stakeholder groups.

Your participation is urgently needed as we plan for the next school year while continuing to respond to the rapidly changing conditions resulting from the COVID-19 pandemic. We are collecting your input via the interactive platform Thoughtexchange. This platform gives all stakeholders an opportunity to share their thoughts, and to view and comment on the thoughts of others. Participate and follow the discussion focused on this key question: As we plan for the opening of the 2020-2021 school year, what should we be considering that will assist you in feeling comfortable about sending your children or returning to work at our school sites?

Safety protocols: The health of our students, families, and employees is our top priority. We ask that everyone follow all safety protocols mandated by the state and county. As of May 1, the county requires individuals to wear face coverings in most public settings to help prevent the spread of COVID-19. Please be sure to wear a face covering when you are participating in EUSD activities such as meal distribution, packet pick-up, and return of books and materials.

End of year update: Administrators are finalizing plans for tasks that typically close out the school year. Activities such as promotion will be determined by each school site. The final distribution of printed packets of learning materials is May 22, and will include activities for summer and additional social-emotion materials.

Families will need to return student iPads, iPad chargers, and cords, along with any textbooks, school library books, and musical instruments. Separate drop-offs for materials may be required for families with children in different grades and/or at different sites. We understand this may be an inconvenience, but the separation is necessary for inventory purposes and safety reasons. For your protection and the protection of others, please wear a face covering and follow all safety measures during these interactions.

Dates and times for those items to be returned to your school site are:

• May 15: Return of musical instruments.

• May 26, 12:30 to 3:30 p.m.: Grades 2, 5, and 8.

• May 27, 12:30 to 3:30 p.m.: Grades 1, 4, and 6.

• May 28, 12:30 to 3:30 p.m.: Grades K, 3, and 7.

• May 29, 12:30 to 3:30 p.m.: Makeup day for all grades.

Preschool enrollment: EUSD Preschool is beginning the process of registering children who will turn 4 years old on or before December 1, 2020, for enrollment in the 2020-2021 school year. All registrations will be completed through email and phone contact. To begin the process, please complete this form. The EUSD Preschool office is not open to the public at this time. Updates will be available by recorded message at 760-489-4131 or on the Preschool webpage at EUSD.org.

Intent to return: It is important for us to know if your family will not be returning to EUSD for the 2020-2021 school year as the result of a move or other circumstances. Please share this information with your child’s teacher.

Everyone counts: Every 10 years, the Census Bureau embarks on a monumental effort: counting every resident in the United States. The Census is especially important for determining the distribution of billions of dollars in federal funds to local communities, including Escondido. Fortunately, the Census Bureau has taken steps to ensure that participation is simple so that  every single one of us is counted. In order to support a complete and accurate count, fill out your 2020 Census questionnaire now by phone, by mail, or online. Learn more at 2020census.gov.

Thank you for your continued support. Email communications@eusd.org if you have any questions. Be well.

May 8, 2020

Hello, EUSD Families.

As I reflect on a Teacher Appreciation Week unlike any other, I want to express my immense gratitude for our families, who showed our incredible teachers so much love in creative ways this week. As our teachers have gone above and beyond to ensure their students stay connected, our parents and guardians have gone above and beyond under trying circumstances to support educators.

Here are the latest important reminders and updates.

Reopening update: Today, California was allowed to begin to move into Stage 2 of modifying the stay-at-home order. This stage does not include reopening schools. The state continues to work with school districts and the education community to determine how best to safely reopen schools.

Safety protocols: The health of our students, families, and employees is our top priority. With that in mind, we ask that everyone follow all safety protocols mandated by the state and county. As of May 1, the county requires individuals to wear face coverings in most public settings to help prevent the spread of COVID-19. Please be sure to wear a face covering when you are participating in EUSD activities such as meal distribution, packet pick-up, and return of books and materials.

Meal Benefit Application: Economic circumstances have changed for many families as a result of the pandemic. Families may turn in a Meal Benefit Application at any time during the school year. If your household income decreases, household size increases, or a household member starts receiving CalFresh, CalWORKs, or FDPIR, you may turn in an application at that time. One application per household is needed. Income eligibility guidelines can be found here.

Qualifying families with students attending the following schools may complete one application per household: Bernardo, Conway, L. R. Green, Miller, North Broadway, Reidy Creek, or Rock Springs elementary schools; Quantum Academy; or Bear Valley or Rincon middle schools. If your student does not attend any of those schools listed, you do not need to complete a Meal Benefit Application.

Families with children who are eligible for free and reduced-price meals may be eligible for other benefits, such as low-cost refurbished computers, reduced-cost internet from Cox, reduced utility bills, and waived fees for testing and college applications. Student information related to this program is highly confidential.

End of year activities: Administrators are finalizing plans for activities and tasks that typically close out the school year. Families will need to return student iPads, iPad chargers, and cords, along with any textbooks, school library books, and musical instruments. For your protection and the protection of others, we ask that you remember to wear a face covering and follow all safety measures during these interactions.

At this time, tentative dates for those items to be returned to your school site are:

• May 15: Return of musical instruments.

• May 26, noon to 3 p.m. Grades 2, 5, and 8.

• May 27, noon to 3 p.m.: Grades 1, 4, and 6.

• May 28, noon to 3 p.m.: Grades K, 3, and 7.

• May 29, noon to 3 p.m.: Makeup day for all grades.

Report cards: The last day of school is June 2. Final report cards will be mailed home within the first two weeks of June. Please note that participation with Distance Learning during the school closure only can help to improve a student’s grade. All final report card grades are based on their Trimester 2 grades and will remain the same or can be improved through participation in Distance Learning. The elementary report card will measure standards-based progress in reading, writing, and math. Report cards in middle school will include a grade for each class. All report cards will include comments that reflect student participation in Distance Learning.

Kindergarten enrollment: Registration is open online for Kindergarten and Transitional Kindergarten. EUSD is implementing full-day Kindergarten programs at all 17 elementary schools for the 2020-2021 school year beginning the first day of school. All Transitional Kindergarten programs will remain a half-day program. While school offices remain closed, parents and guardians may provide scanned copies of required registration documents – proof of residence, birth certificate, immunization record – by email to the clerk at your school of residence or to Lisseth Michel at the district office. Please include the school name if you email your documents to the district office.

Intent to return: It is important for us to know if your family will not be returning to EUSD for the 2020-2021 school year as the result of a move or other circumstances. Please share this information with your child’s teacher.

Thank you for your continued support. Email communications@eusd.org if you have any questions.

May 1, 2020

Hello, EUSD Families.

It is hard to believe that we are concluding our seventh week of California’s stay at home order and at the same time looking ahead to the end of our 2019-2020 school year. As we begin a new month, I hope this message finds you and your family safe and in good health.

Here are the latest important reminders and updates.

Return to school: As the status of the COVID-19 pandemic continues to evolve, California Gov. Gavin Newsom has unveiled additional details on the indicators needed to modify the stay-at-home order. The governor referenced the possibility of starting the 2020-2021 school year as early as July amid concerns of learning loss. He did not mention any funding or logistics of making such a shift possible, or any acknowledgement of previously agreed upon school calendars. The EUSD Board of Education’s approved school calendar for 2020-2021 identifies a start to the new school year as Aug. 11, 2020. We do not anticipate that the governor’s comments would result in an earlier start date.

When we are allowed to re-open our school sites, we likely will have changes to the educational environment that reflect social distancing and other guidelines and protocols that will be outlined by public health officials. We will share this information with you as it becomes available.

Kindergarten enrollment: Registration is open online for Kindergarten and Transitional Kindergarten. EUSD is implementing full-day Kindergarten programs at all 17 elementary schools for the 2020-2021 school year beginning the first day of school. All Transitional Kindergarten programs will remain a half-day program.

Preschool enrollment: Preschool registration for the 2020-2021 school year has been postponed. Updates will be available by recorded message at 760-489-4131 or on the Preschool webpage at EUSD.org.

Intent to return: It is important for us to know if your family will not be returning to EUSD for the 2020-2021 school year as the result of a move or other circumstances. Please share this information with your child’s teacher.

Nutrition update: The free meal program is growing with the addition of supper and weekend meals to the existing breakfast and lunch to-go service. Supper meals will be included in the distribution Monday through Friday and weekend meals will be included every Friday. The meal distribution service for students 18 years and younger continues at Central, Farr, Glen View, Juniper, Oak Hill, and Rock Springs elementary schools; Del Dios Academy; Mission Middle School; and Escondido, Orange Glen, and San Pasqual high schools. Distribution hours are from 11 a.m. to noon Monday through Friday. Please pick up meals at the school site closest to your home. Parents or guardians may pick up meals for children who are not able to leave their homes.

San Diego Hunger Coalition is supporting efforts to help families easily enroll in CalFresh/SNAP, an efficient tool in the fight against hunger. It enables individuals and families in need to purchase food from local grocers and farmers markets by providing extra money for groceries each month. Visit the Hunger Coalition’s CalFresh webpage to learn more.

Everyone counts: Every 10 years, the Census Bureau embarks on a monumental effort: counting every resident in the United States. The Census is especially important for determining the distribution of billions of dollars in federal funds to local communities, including Escondido. Fortunately, the Census Bureau has taken steps to ensure that participation is simple so that  every single one of us is counted. In order to support a complete and accurate count, fill out your 2020 Census questionnaire now by phone, by mail, or online. Learn more at 2020census.gov.

School choice: School choice notifications currently are being sent via email to the address that was indicated in the school choice application. The communication will occur over the course of multiple weeks, beginning first with notifications of approved applications through the lottery, and then with notifications of waitlist numbers for applications that were not able to be approved on the initial round.

End of year activities: At this time, administrators are developing plans for end-of-the-year activities and recognitions to be held remotely to comply with the pandemic-related orders that prohibit gatherings. Additional tasks that typically close out the school year – such as the return of musical instruments, iPads, textbooks, and library books – will be scheduled soon. The last day of school is June 2.

Thank you for your continued support. Email communications@eusd.org if you have any questions.

April 24, 2020

Hello, EUSD Families.

It’s hard to believe, but we have just completed our sixth week of learning, connecting, and working remotely. Six weeks is a long time to be physically apart from our EUSD community, especially our students and families. Thank you for another great week of support and flexibility!

Here are the latest important reminders and updates.

Meal Benefit Application: Economic circumstances have changed for many families as a result of the pandemic. Families may turn in a Meal Benefit Application at any time during the school year. If your household income decreases, household size increases, or a household member starts receiving CalFresh, CalWORKs, or FDPIR, you may turn in an application at that time. One application per household is needed. Income eligibility guidelines can be found here.

Qualifying families with students attending the following schools may complete one application per household: Bernardo, Conway, L. R. Green, Miller, North Broadway, Reidy Creek, or Rock Springs elementary schools; Quantum Academy; or Bear Valley or Rincon middle schools. If your student does not attend any of those schools listed, you do not need to complete a Meal Benefit Application.

Nutrition update: Beginning April 27, three locations will be added to the free to-go meal distribution service: Farr, Glen View, and Oak Hill. Distribution continues at Central, Juniper, and Rock Springs elementary schools; Del Dios Academy; Mission Middle School; and Escondido, Orange Glen, and San Pasqual high schools. Distribution hours are from 11 a.m. to noon Monday through Friday. Please pick up meals at the school site closest to your home. Meals are provided for students 18 years and younger. Parents or guardians may pick up meals for children who are not able to leave their homes.

Social-emotional resources: Our robust resources to support the mental well-being of students and families includes an excellent series of related videos, the Social Emotional Learning Resources playlist on EUSD’s YouTube channel. Videos include suggestions for family activities and crafts as well as helpful lessons for the whole family. Learn how to take a mindful walk, track your feelings, manage worry and stress, stay connected, and more.

Distance Learning and Grading: Balancing life at this time is difficult, so we have provided flexible options for students. A few hours a day engaging with these learning resources can help maintain your child’s progress. Teachers will provide students with feedback and students will receive report cards at the end of the trimester. Student grades on the report cards either will stay the same or be improved from Trimester 2 via participation in distance learning assignments. The elementary report card will measure standards-based progress in reading, writing and math. Report cards in middle school will include a grade for each class. All report cards will include comments that reflect student participation in distance learning. We understand that these are challenging times for students and families. We love to see our students staying engaged with their learning, and trying to do their best. We also want parents and guardians to know that your family’s safety, health, and well-being are just as important to us.

Thank you for your continued support. Email communications@eusd.org if you have any questions.

April 17, 2020

Hello, EUSD Families.

Every one of us – students, parents and guardians, teachers – is embarking on an educational path far outside of our expectations and comfort zones. As we reflect on our official first week of distance learning, I know this to be true: Everyone is doing their very best to provide continuous learning for our students. That includes teachers, parents, and custodial, office, and nutrition staff members. Everyone wants the best for your children. Please know that whatever circumstances and conditions you are working under, the most important thing we can provide our children is to let them know that they are safe, cared for, and loved, and that this, too, shall pass. In the end, do your very best and let us know how it is going, because we are all in this together!

Here are the latest important reminders and updates.

Distance Learning: Our campuses are physically closed, but school is still in session. We know that there’s no replacement for teachers and children together in the classroom. We are doing everything that we can do to keep moving forward, to stay connected, and keep our students learning. Teachers will continue to connect with their students on an ongoing basis, via live class sessions, recorded videos, written messages, and/or phone calls. Continue to reach out to your child’s teachers and principals via email for questions and concerns.

All Distance Learning plan materials and additional resources are available online at eusd.org/students. Distribution of printed packets – intended for families that do not have at-home access to a computer, tablet, or the internet – will continue to take place from 8:30 to 10:30 a.m. every Friday at each school site.

Social-emotional resources: EUSD’s Distance Learning program includes robust resources to support the mental well-being of our students and families. Our Social Emotional Learning Resources are available here on the EUSD Student Resources website, and include video newsletters and age-appropriate activities. Social-emotional learning materials also are included in the weekly printed packets distributed on Fridays for families that do not have access to technology at home.

Child care survey: EUSD is conducting a survey to determine the child-care needs for emergency first-responders, health care workers, and grocery workers in our community during the COVID-19 crisis. Click here to complete this brief survey. The survey deadline is Friday, April 24. Contact Shannon Fralish at sfralish@eusd.org if you have additional questions.

Parent video: Our Educational Services team has created an informational video that provides a detailed guide through the EUSD Distance Learning program for parents and guardians. You can watch the video here.

Thank you for your continued support. Email communications@eusd.org if you have any questions.

April 13, 2020

Hello, EUSD Families.

Welcome back from a spring break unlike any other. We hope that you were able to enjoy some downtime at home with family.

Here are the latest important updates.

Distance Learning: As a reminder, our campuses may be physically closed, but we are still open for learning! Our team is excited for the official launch of our Distance Learning plan tomorrow. All distance-learning materials and additional resources are available online, at eusd.org/students. By now, you and your child should have been contacted by your child’s teacher, and suggested schedules for teacher instruction and assistance have been established to facilitate distance learning. Teachers will be making efforts to connect with their students on an ongoing basis. These connections may be live class sessions or they may be more individualized, such as recorded videos, written messages, and/or phone calls. The instructional tasks offered may take two to three hours for elementary students and three to four hours for middle school students. Your family can create the schedule that works best for you.

The next distribution of printed instructional packets will be 8:30 to 10:30 a.m. Friday, April 17, at each school site. The packets are intended for families that do not have at-home access to a computer, tablet, or the internet.

Website: The district’s website has been updated to include a one-stop resource webpage for quick facts and answers to frequently asked questions related to education and school district operations during the COVID-19 public health crisis.

Nutrition: The district’s free to-go meal distribution continues from 11 a.m. to noon Monday through Friday. The distribution locations are Central, Juniper, and Rock Springs elementary schools; Del Dios Academy; Mission Middle School; and Escondido, Orange Glen, and San Pasqual high schools. Beginning Wednesday, April 15, the meal distribution at Mission Middle School will shift to the staff parking lot down the first alleyway. Please pick up meals at the school site closest to your home. Meals are provided for students 18 years and younger.

School choice: Notifications of school choice lottery results will begin Tuesday by phone for families that requested an intradistrict transfer for their child.

Questions? Email communications@eusd.org.

April 3, 2020

We continue to be filled with gratitude for our patient and dedicated EUSD families and employees. Together, we have accomplished much in three very unusual weeks. I encourage you to embrace the time at home with your family over spring break.

Here are the latest important updates and reminders.

Spring Break: The EUSD spring break will take place as scheduled, April 6 through April 13. Distance learning assignments will not be added during this time. Distance-learning instruction will resume Tuesday, April 14. The printed packets distributed today, for those without technology at home, are intended for the week of April 14. The next packet distribution will be 8:30 to 10:30 a.m. Friday, April 17 at each school site. As a reminder, all distance-learning materials and additional resources are available online, at eusd.org/students. The printed packets are intended for families that do not have at-home access to a computer, tablet, or the internet.

Nutrition Update: The district’s free to-go meal distribution continues from 11 a.m. to noon weekdays. However, food distribution will not be held Friday, April 10. The regular Monday through Friday schedule will resume April 13. The distribution locations are Central, Juniper, and Rock Springs elementary schools; Del Dios Academy; Mission Middle School; and Escondido, Orange Glen, and San Pasqual high schools. Please pick up meals at the school site closest to your home. Meals are provided for students 18 years and younger.

Enrichment Opportunities: Our STEM team has collected resources for fun enrichment activities to do from home. View the resources here.

Schools Reopening: The Escondido Union School District and the San Diego County Office of Education continue to carefully monitor guidance from federal, state, and local public health and education agencies. Schools will reopen when state and health officials determine that it is safe to return. All decisions about reopening will be made in conjunction with local public health officials. The 2019-20 school year is not over; it has just transitioned from classroom instruction into distance learning.

Distance Learning: After spring break, EUSD will begin to offer more structured online learning opportunities for our students. The distribution of printed packets for students without internet access will continue to occur on Fridays. Teachers will be reaching out to parents and posting their individual schedules to let students and families know when they will be available to virtually interact with students. This may include opportunities for teachers to conduct whole-group, small-group, or individual conversations with students and/or parents using various digital platforms. We do want to remind you of some helpful information for parents to consider when students engage with the online resources that can be found here. Click here to see a handout summarizing EUSD’s Distance Learning Plan.

Wifi Access: Enhanced wifi signals are now available at six school parking lots: Central Elementary (behind the preschool on South Broadway), Del Dios Academy, Juniper Elementary, Mission Middle, Reidy Creek Elementary, and Rock Springs Elementary. At these locations, any EUSD-issued devices will connect automatically to the EUSD-EDU network. Other devices can connect to EUSDGUEST; the password is guest2020. If you visit a parking lot for wifi access, please have your children remain in the vehicle to maintain social distancing practices.

Social Media Safety: We love to see that so many of our students and families are enjoying the video-conference element of distance learning. It seems as though everyone is using Zoom to stay connected, and it’s important to stay connected as we stay home. With that in mind, we ask that you respect the privacy of your other families by avoiding social media posts with photos  that clearly show other children in the class. While you may be OK with sharing your child’s photo, the parents of their classmates may not be.

Healthy Reminder: Please continue to follow the “stay at home” order and physical distancing protocol to curb the spread of COVID-19. In addition, if you must go out, the California Department of Public Health has updated its guidance to recommend wearing face coverings in public.

We appreciate your support during this public health crisis. We continue to prioritize safety and health of our students and staff as we work toward the goal of getting our teachers and learners back together as soon as we can. Email communications@eusd.org if you have any questions.

March 30, 2020 at 4:30 p.m.

Good afternoon, EUSD Families.

Week 3 of our temporary new normal is underway, and we hope that adjusting to our situation is becoming more manageable. We hope that you and your children have had an opportunity to explore the At-Home Learning Resources either online or through the printed packets distributed last Friday.

For today, we have a few important updates and reminders.

Spring break: The EUSD spring break will take place as scheduled, April 6 through April 13. Distance learning assignments will not be added during this time, but there are spring break enrichment activities for students online. Distance learning instruction will resume Tuesday, April 14. Schools will reopen when state and health officials determine that it is safe to return.

Learning materials: The next distribution of instructional materials packets will be from 8:30 to 10:30 a.m. Friday, April 3, at every school. These printed packets are intended for families that do not have at-home access to a computer, tablet, or the internet. Materials continue to be provided online on the EUSD Student Resources website.

School wifi: Enhanced wifi signals are now available at six school parking lots: Central Elementary (behind the preschool on South Broadway), Del Dios Academy, Juniper Elementary, Mission Middle, Reidy Creek Elementary, and Rock Springs Elementary. At these locations, any EUSD-issued devices will connect automatically to the EUSD-EDU network. Other devices can connect to EUSDGUEST; the password is guest2020. If you visit a parking lot for wifi access, please have your children remain in the vehicle to maintain social distancing practices.

Nutrition: The district’s free to-go meal distribution continues from 11 a.m. to noon Monday through Friday, including through spring break, at Central, Juniper, and Rock Springs elementary schools; Del Dios Academy; Mission Middle School; and Escondido, Orange Glen, and San Pasqual high schools. Please pick up meals at the school site closest to your home. Meals are provided for students 18 years and younger.

Healthy reminder: Please continue to follow the “stay home” order and physical distancing protocol to curb the spread of COVID-19.

Continue to take care of yourselves and your family. Thank you for your patience and support. Email communications@eusd.org if you have any questions.

Be well.

March 27, 2020 at 3:15 p.m.

Greetings, EUSD Families.

It’s been a busy week for everyone, and we are grateful for the commitment of our families and employees to helping our children continue learning in this temporary and challenging environment.

This week, we hope that you and your children have reconnected with teachers, and explored the At-Home Learning Resources either online or through the printed packets distributed Friday morning at all of our campuses. While we acknowledge that the at-home materials cannot be a complete replacement for our regular classroom communities, we hope that the distributed resources and materials provide a positive way for your child to continue learning and help them adjust to a new routine. EUSD is continuing to develop additional distance-learning opportunities and details will be communicated to you by your child’s principal and/or teachers.

We were happy to see so many of you at our schools today to pick up student learning packets. For families that do not have access to a computer, tablet, or the internet, the next packet distribution will be from 8:30 to 10:30 a.m. Friday, April 3, at every school. Each packet is designed to provide a week’s worth of learning opportunities.

To support wifi access to the extent that is currently possible, we have enhanced wifi signals at the following school parking lots: Del Dios Academy, Rock Springs Elementary, Mission Middle, Juniper Elementary, and Central Elementary, behind the preschool on South Broadway. In addition, our IT team is working on doing the same for Reidy Creek Elementary as we know there are areas without internet coverage in that neighborhood.

At these parking lot wifi locations, any EUSD-issued devices will connect automatically to the EUSD-EDU network; other devices can connect to EUSDGUEST; the password is guest2020. Our technology team has determined that these locations offer acceptable speeds for wireless internet access. Our students can use these locations to connect to the internet while maintaining the appropriate physical distancing. If you visit a parking lot please have your children remain in the vehicle.

Cox Communication is now providing up to 60 days of free internet service for new participants to the Connect2Compete program. This program provides assistance for low-income K-12 families. We are grateful for the support that Cox is providing families so that more of our students can connect with their teachers as we continue our distance learning plan.

EUSD students in grades 3 through 8 have access to their district-issued iPad to support their at-home learning. We encourage older siblings to share their iPad with their younger K-2 siblings. If your child left their iPad at school, please email your school principal to coordinate pick-up. For those of you needing technical support for non-functioning iPads, please be patient as we find an efficient way to provide this service. We will communicate with you soon about how to access that support.

We would like to leave you with a few important reminders:

  • As a reminder, our schools will reopen when both state and health officials notify us that it is safe to return.
  • California remains under a “stay home” order. Everyone is required to stay home except to get food, care for a relative or friend, get necessary health care, or go to an essential job. It is extremely important to follow the protocol to curb the spread of COVID-19. Do not hold get-togethers of any size; if you can stay home, you should stay home.
  • The district’s free to-go meal distribution continues from 11 a.m. to noon Monday through Friday at Central, Juniper, and Rock Springs elementary schools; Del Dios Academy; Mission Middle School; and Escondido, Orange Glen, and San Pasqual high schools. Please pick up meals at the school site closest to your home. Meals are provided for students 18 years and younger.

Please continue to take care of yourselves and each other. Thank you for your support. Email communications@eusd.org if you have any questions.

March 20, 2020 at 6 p.m.

Greetings, EUSD Families.

We know you have been flooded with a tremendous amount of information this week – information that changes in real time, multiple times a day. I feel it is important to share some of  the good that is happening during this extraordinary time.

As you know, the California governor issued a “stay home” order Thursday night. This means that everyone is required to stay home except to get food, care for a relative or friend, get necessary health care, or go to an essential job.

The district’s free to-go meal program is considered an essential service. The meal distribution will continue with new hours at all eight previously identified school sites. Beginning Monday, March 23, the food distribution will take place from 11 a.m. to noon Monday through Friday. This change will help better support the recommended social-distancing. As a reminder, the meal distribution sites are: Central, Juniper, and Rock Springs elementary schools; Del Dios Academy; Mission Middle School; and Escondido, Orange Glen, and San Pasqual high schools. We ask that you pick up meals at the school site closest to your home. Meals are provided for students 18 years and younger.

School districts and their employees are designated essential workers. Over the past five days, we’ve completed tasks we never thought we would ever have to tackle. It takes a lot to temporarily and partially close an organization, while ensuring that essential functions continue to operate. This first week, we have focused on health, safety, and nutrition, while also providing as many academic and social-emotional resources as possible while we prepared for the unknown.

Looking ahead, you can expect regular email communications every Monday and Friday, along with updates on social media and eusd.org. In the coming days, we will intensify our focus on academic resources and regular communication with your teachers and principals. Please reach out at communications@eusd.org if you have any questions.

Thank you for your patience and cooperation.

March 18, 2020 at 6 p.m.

Dear EUSD Families,

We are filled with gratitude for the overwhelming support and patience from everyone in our EUSD community as we have responded to the rapidly changing COVID-19 public health crisis, following the guidance from health officials at the county, state, and national levels.

Our top priority is the health and safety of our students and employees, as well as their families. In this time of profound uncertainty, it is important to briefly pause academic focuses in order to support everyone’s physical and mental well-being.

It is extremely important to adhere to the recommended protocol to curb the spread of this disease, especially these three points:

  • Do not hold any group gatherings unless absolutely essential.
  • Anyone exhibiting symptoms (including, but not limited to, cough, shortness of breath, and fever) should self-isolate at home unless they need to seek medical attention.
  • Adults age 65 and older should stay home.

Simply put, if you can stay home, you should stay home. Here are some updates:

Nutrition access

Our Nutrition Services team and high school district partners continue to work tirelessly to ensure that the children of our community don’t go hungry. For now, meals are being provided at eight locations on weekdays during the closure. Two sack meals – a breakfast and lunch – may be picked up during the hours listed below. The meals will be provided to any child age18 or younger. The child must be present to receive the meal. Meal distribution locations and times are:

  • Central, Juniper, and Rock Springs Elementary Schools, Del Dios Academy, and Mission Middle School will be open from 6 to 8 a.m.
  • Escondido, Orange Glen, and San Pasqual High Schools will be open from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Please call 211 for access to referrals if your family is in need of immediate nutrition assistance. Feeding San Diego has created a map of food distribution locations around the county. Additional food distribution sites in Escondido include:

  • Escondido Community Child Development Center
    819 W. Ninth Ave., 92025. 760-839-9361. 6:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Monday through Friday.
  • Foundry Food Pantry
    120 N. Ash St., 92027. 442-777-2081. 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Tuesday and Thursday; 4 to 6 p.m. Wednesday.
  • Interfaith Community Services
    550 W. Washington Ave., Suite B, 92025. 760-489-6380. Second and fourth Tuesday and Friday of the month.
  • Ruth Anointed World Ministries Escondido
    777 W. Felicita Ave., 92025. 760-580-0835. 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Friday and 10 to 11 a.m. Saturday.
  • Salvation Army Escondido
    1301 Las Villas Way, 92026. 760-745-8616. 7:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Monday through Friday.

Governor’s update

As many of you are aware, Gov. Gavin Newson during a news conference on Tuesday night expressed his opinion regarding a timeline for schools reopening. His statement was not an edict or a fact. At this time, it is premature to establish any change in our school closure plan based upon the governor’s message. The opening and closing of schools is still determined by local control – our school board. The governor has not yet mandated school closures like other governors across the country.

School closures alone will not have an impact on flattening the curve of the pandemic. School closures must be coupled with changes in behavior and adherence to social distancing to curb the spread of COVID-19. The county’s top health official said that we are at a monumental turning point in this public health crisis, and it is our responsibility as educators to reinforce the importance of social distancing, isolation, and self-quarantine.

Technology access and assistance

Access to the internet allows for students to use a digital device (including their district-issued iPads) to utilize the online student academic resources provided on the EUSD website. A list of wifi hotspots can be found here. After typing in an address, the map shows all the available nearby free wifi hotspots. Select an icon to see the location details for each hotspot.

Our friends at Cox Communications have shared information that will help fast-track families in need of home internet access. Complete details can be found on Cox’s coronavirus support page. Cox has partnered with PCs for People for discounted refurbished computers. More information can be found here.

Academic resources

At this time we are essentially pressing pause on the curriculum from where we left off on March 13. While the length of this closure appears uncertain, we continue to coordinate with districts across the county to provide students with resources they need. Current resources include:

  • EUSD’s Educational Services team has prepared numerous resources to support students and families with learning opportunities at home. The resources are available at EUSD.org: Student Resources and Parent Resources.
  • In partnership with KPBS and the San Diego County Office of Education, students are encouraged to access state standards-aligned television programming scheduled by grade level. A student does not need access to a computer or the internet to watch. Tune into KPBS 2 with an antenna at channel 15.2, or on Cox 811 or Spectrum 1277. Additional digital content is also accessible through PBS LearningMedia.
  • We are working to address services for our students with disabilities and are contacting parents of those students directly.

In the meantime, EUSD remains dedicated to ensuring educational excellence for every student. During school closures, our hope is that learning will continue. We know that this is not a replacement for classroom instruction. Our goal for now is to provide learning materials and activities that can help students do the following:

  • Review material that they may have already covered, but not yet mastered.
  • Practice skills for learning and content area proficiency.
  • Engage in enrichment activities or independent projects in a particular subject area.
  • Identify an area of interest in a subject area to research and explore.

Finally, please remember that patience and strict cooperation with official health recommendations will contribute greatly toward keeping everyone healthy.

Sincerely,

Dr. Luis Rankins-Ibarra
Superintendent

March 16, 2020 at 5 p.m.

Dear EUSD Families,

We have entered uncharted territory with the COVID-19 public health crisis, and I want to make clear that our top priority is the health, safety, and well-being of every student, employee, and family member.

With that in mind, following all prevention and social distancing guidelines issued by the state and federal officials on March 16, 2020, is imperative. Minimizing face-to-face contact and maximizing communication through online opportunities is ideal, so please be sure to monitor email and phone messages.

The direction we are receiving from state and federal officials changes rapidly, and we will provide updates regularly as they relate to our district.

FAQs

Does EUSD have any active cases of COVID-19?

At this time, there are no known cases of COVID-19 in our district. Please report any information regarding health status related to COVID-19 to Tracy Schmidt at trschmidt@eusd.org or 760-432-2361.

How can I access meals for my child?

In partnership with the high school district, we are providing meals at eight locations on weekdays during the closure. Two sack meals – a breakfast and lunch – may be picked up during the hours listed below. The meals will be provided to any child age 18 or younger. The child must be present to receive the meal. At this time, there are no plans for delivery service. However, please call 211 for access to referrals if your family is in need of immediate nutrition assistance. Meal distribution locations and times are:

  • Central, Juniper, and Rock Springs Elementary Schools, Del Dios Academy, and Mission Middle School will be open from 6 to 8 a.m.
  • Escondido, Orange Glen, and San Pasqual High Schools will be open from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Will my child receive any schoolwork?

In order to ensure equal access to all of our students, we will not provide structured or required assignments at this time. Our Educational Services team has prepared numerous resources to support students and families with learning opportunities at home. These resources can be found at EUSD.org: Student Resources and Parent Resources.

Will my child continue to receive Special Education services?

The EUSD Special Education team is working to determine next steps for their students during this unprecedented situation. Parents of students in our Special Education program will receive a communication from the director no later than the end of day Wednesday.

Will the school year be extended?

The temporary closure is scheduled from Monday, March 16, through Monday, April 13, pending no other health concerns. It is important for everyone to remember that this closure is in response to a rapidly evolving public health crisis. We will update you immediately if we receive guidance on extending the time period of this closure. At this time, state officials do not plan to require an extended school year.

What is the status of my school choice application?

School choice notifications are on hold at this time.

How do I talk to my child about COVID-19?

It is very important to remember that children look to adults for guidance on how to react to stressful events. If parents seem overly worried, children’s anxiety may rise. Parents should reassure children that health and school officials are working hard to ensure that people throughout the country stay healthy.

However, children also need factual, age-appropriate information about the serious nature of COVID-19 as a contagious illness, and concrete instruction about how to prevent the spread of disease. Teaching children healthy habits such as the importance of handwashing, talking with them about their fears, and giving them a sense of some control on how to support their own health can reduce anxiety. Included in this communication is a resource for parents on Talking with their Children about COVID-19. If you notice that your child is experiencing significant fear or anxiety related to the circumstances surrounding COVID-19, please contact your child’s medical provider, and/or 211 for referrals.

We realize that this public health crisis seriously impacts our children and families in countless ways – missed milestones and events, the loss of social interaction with friends, economic uncertainty, an abrupt end to athletic and arts seasons, and much more. But the message from health officials – and statistics – is clear: Anyone who can stay home should stay home. We must do our part to slow the spread of COVID-19. Please take care of yourselves and your loved ones during this challenging time.

March 13, 2020 at 6:45 p.m.

Dear EUSD Families,

Thank you for your patience and support during this extraordinary time of uncertainty as we navigate our response to the coronavirus (COVID-19) situation. Our highest priority is the health and safety of our students and employees, and their families.

The temporary closure is scheduled from Monday, March 16, through Monday, April 13, pending no other health concerns. It is important for everyone to remember that this temporary closure is in response to a public health crisis. The closure is intended to promote the recommended social distancing and help support efforts to stop the spread of COVID-19. The school calendar year will not be extended as a result of this closure.

We know that schools are an essential service and crucial to our communities. If you are in need of immediate resources, you can call 211 for access to referrals.

We are pleased to share that meal services will be provided during the school closure at centrally located areas within Escondido, in conjunction with the Escondido Union High School District.

Eight locations will be open for sack lunch and breakfast pick up on weekdays during the closure:

  • Escondido, Orange Glen, and San Pasqual High schools will be open from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.
  • Central, Juniper, and Rock Springs Elementary Schools, Del Dios Academy, and Mission Middle School will be open from 6 to 8 a.m.

The meals will be provided to any child age 18 or younger. The child must be present to receive the meal. More information is included in this flier.

In order to ensure equal access to all of our students, we will not provide structured or required assignments at this time nor will we be providing an independent study option. Teachers will not be assigning any required work to students. Educational Services will be sharing resources with families who choose to use them.

While your student(s) remains home, we encourage you to continue practicing good hygiene, which includes:

  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. If soap and water are not available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.
  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
  • Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash.
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects.
  • Get vaccinated for the flu if you have not already done so.
  • Avoid gathering or meeting in large groups.
  • If you feel for any reason your child may have or has been exposed to the novel coronavirus, please contact your doctor immediately. Virus symptoms can range from mild to severe and could include fever, cough, and shortness of breath. Symptoms may appear in as few as 2 days or as long as 14 days after exposure.

We understand there will continue to be many outstanding questions. We are compiling answers, resources, and information, and will send additional communication as it becomes available. In addition to these letters, updates also will be posted to our district website and social media.

Any questions regarding the school closure and related situations can be directed to the EUSD communications email at communications@eusd.org. Any information regarding health status related to COVID-19 should be reported to Tracy Schmidt at trschmidt@eusd.org or 760-432-2361.

We appreciate your understanding and patience during this time.

March 13, 2020 at 11:30 a.m.

In alignment with the San Diego County Office of Education and in consultation with the County Health & Human Services Agency, the Escondido Union School District is closing starting Monday, March 16, through Monday, April 13, pending no other health concerns.

All schools, as well as the after-school programs, will remain open today only. Please support your child in ensuring they collect all personal belongings and iPad in preparation for the three-week closure.

It is important to note that the temporary closure of EUSD schools and the District Office is not the result of a contamination. At this time, there are no known cases of COVID-19 in our school district.

Additional information will follow.

March 12, 2020

As EUSD continues to monitor rapidly updating information regarding COVID-19, district officials continue to follow the guidance from the California Department of Public Health, the California Department of Education, and the San Diego County Health & Human Services Agency.

The guidance for closing schools has not changed.

We have an update from California public health officials on guidelines for gatherings. Out of an abundance of caution, non-essential school functions in EUSD will be suspended until after spring break. These are functions such as school assemblies, field trips, family engagement activities and events, and educational conferences, as well as districtwide events such as the smART Festival, Season for Nonviolence, Hack-a-Thon. We will continue to update this list and communicate with our staff and community via SchoolMessenger, our district website, and through social media.

In addition, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has updated its list of high-risk countries for travelers. Level 2 and Level 3 locations now include most of Europe, in addition to the previously listed countries of China, Iran, Italy, South Korea, and Japan. If your student has visited a country or city that is at a Level 2 or Level 3 Travel Health Notice according to the CDC, you must report this to EUSD Director of Integrated Student Supports Tracy Schmidt and your school principal. Your child may be required to stay home and away from fellow students for 14 days after your return to Escondido, as recommended by the CDC. Any absence due to quarantine or illness will be excused.

The district is in daily communication with the San Diego County of Education and County Health and Human Services Agency, who continue to provide updates as necessary.

The following is a summary of the current guidance provided to school districts by the California Department of Public Health regarding the need for school closure. At this point, EUSD is in Scenario I.

Scenario I: Measures already are underway to prevent the spread of COVID-19, with schools remaining open.

Scenario II: Measures are taken if there are two or more community transmission cases of COVID-19, but no individuals within the school test positive. Schools remain open.

Scenario III: Measures are taken if one student, teacher, or staff member tests positive for COVID-19 and exposed others at the school. One or multiple schools are closed.

Scenario IV: Measures are taken if multiple schools within a school district have a student, teacher, or staff member test positive for COVID-19. All district schools are closed.

March 11, 2020

The Escondido Union School District (EUSD) continues to monitor the current public health situation regarding coronavirus, officially named COVID-19.

The district is taking direction from primarily the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the San Diego County Health & Human Services Agency. Decisions are also made in partnership with the San Diego County Office of Education (SDCOE).

At this time, there are no known cases of in EUSD. District officials continue to participate in daily meetings and review of written communications to best prepare in the event of an outbreak and to support the community. The State of Emergency declared by Gov. Gavin Newsom on March 4, 2020, was preparation-based, not because an outbreak currently exists. An emergency proclamation is designed to focus resources and expedite government response.

The district is prepared with plans and protocols in the event of school closures. The information provided to you by EUSD about COVID-19 will change rapidly. Officials will respond to those changes using the SchoolMessenger service to send out phone and text messages as well as email to those who have them on file with the district.

The following FAQs are intended to provide some clarity. New information will be provided as it becomes available.

What is the most important thing to do?

Wash your hands with soap and water for 20 seconds. Health and district officials recommend that your child stay home if they have vomited, have active diarrhea, have symptoms associated with a fever, or are displaying respiratory symptoms such as shortness of breath, wheezing, or a wet cough with associated droplets. It is still cold and flu season; COVID-19 is not the only reason to stay vigilant about being healthy.

If your student has visited a country or city that is at a Level 2 or Level 3 Travel Health Notice according to the CDC, you must report this to EUSD Director of Integrated Student Supports Tracy Schmidt and your school principal. Your child may be required to stay home and away from fellow students for 14 days after your return to Escondido, as recommended by the CDC. At the moment, Level 2 and Level 3 locations include China, Iran, Italy, South Korea, and Japan. Any absence due to quarantine or illness will be excused.  Please check here for up-to-date travel warning information.

Should we stay home if we have a fever? 

Health and district officials recommend that all children and staff members with a fever – temperature of 100.4 F and higher – remain home from school and refrain from other activities until they have been fever-free for at least 24 hours without the assistance of medication.

Hand sanitizer vs. hand washing: What wins? 

At this time, hand sanitizer has been placed in rooms (portable classrooms) without sinks and running water. Additional hand sanitizer dispensers have been ordered for placement in all classrooms. However, hand sanitizer simply does not compare to hand washing. The most effective way to keep germs at bay is to wash your hands with soap for at least 20 seconds.

Do we need masks? 

The CDC does not recommend routine use of a face mask or respirator.

What if someone at EUSD is exposed to the risk of COVID-19? 

The district remains vigilant about investigating all reported exposure cases. Should a confirmed case of COVID-19 exist in EUSD, district officials will work in consultation with the expert public health agencies listed above to take the necessary next steps. This situation will be handled on a case-by-case basis.

What if a student or staff member appears sick at school?

If a student or employee at school presents with fever or productive cough, then the health technician may place a surgical mask on that student or staff member until the affected person leaves campus. If possible, that person will be isolated; however, a student must be visible and supervised by a staff member. If isolation is not possible, the symptomatic person will keep a 3- to 6-foot distance between others.

Will absences be excused if I decide not to send my student to school?

The district procedure for excused and unexcused absences remains in place. The district is not able to excuse an absence for a student who is being kept home due to concerns over attending. An absence will be excused if the student is ill, as well as be excused for other justifiable reasons under California Education Code. One of the EUSD practices that will be different in light of current circumstances, is that parents and caregivers will be able to call in their students’ absence due to illness rather than having to produce a doctor’s note after 10 days to have it excused.

Will you cancel school activities and events? 

No. Until there is guidance from the expert public health agencies listed above or the district experiences an outbreak that warrants this decision, all school activities will continue as scheduled. At this time, there is no recommendation to change district practices for large gatherings.

Will you cancel school trips?

No. Until a travel advisory is issued for the specific location or advice given by the public health agencies listed above or the community experiences an outbreak that warrants this decision,  trips will not be cancelled.

Will you close schools?

This is an extreme measure that would be disruptive to students, staff, and families. This decision would be made in consultation with the expert public health agencies listed above.

How should I talk to children about coronavirus?

Keeping calm and reducing fear is essential. Remember, EUSD schools have support staff at every site. If your child is exhibiting fear or anxiety related to this public health issue, please contact your school and you will be connected with support services.

Where should I check for information?

Please use only official government public health agency outlets to obtain information, including the CDC and San Diego County Health & Human Services.