Oneonta Orcas Newsletter

July 16, 2021

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Principal's Message

Dear Oneonta Families,

On behalf of the school staff and myself, I welcome you to the 2021-2022 school year at Oneonta Elementary School, home of the Orcas! I am honored to continue serving as the principal of a school community filled with enthusiasm about education, and a staff dedicated to the success of every student. We are so thrilled to have our students back on campus for full-time, in-person instruction on Monday, July 26, 2021!

We are excitedly preparing to welcome all students back to school. At Oneonta, our staff continues to be committed to collaborate with all the members of our learning community to achieve our school vision and mission. We are committed to the vision that our students will be the leaders of today and tomorrow. Our goal is to promote students who are emotionally intelligent, collaborative, resilient, critical thinkers, and who are global and digital citizens. Oneonta is a school where kids feel happy, safe, and loved. We collaboratively teach our students academics and leadership with a smile...because education matters.

We are proud to begin the sixth year of implementation of the “Leader in Me” program. Our goal is to have all students demonstrate leadership skills and habits in the classroom, throughout the school campus, and at home. Throughout the school year, your child will be learning about the following habits:

  1. Be Proactive

  2. Begin with the End in Mind

  3. Put First things First

  4. Think Win-Win

  5. Seek First to Understand, then to be Understood

  6. Synergize

  7. Sharpen the Saw

Please join us in affirming your child’s efforts as they develop these habits. You are an important part of their academic, social, and emotional education. You can help your child discover the leader within them and prepare them for a great life of contribution and service.

We are looking forward to an exciting year of learning and achievement for all our students!


Lupe Solis, Principal

Back to School General Information


The first day of school will be on July 26, 2021, and it will be a minimum day! School starts promptly at 8:00 a.m. I highly encourage all students to arrive early.

Regular School Hours

Kindergarten 8:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.

Grades 1-6 8:00 a.m. – 2:25 p.m.

Minimum Day School Hours (Every Wednesday)

On Wednesdays, as well as select days throughout the year, all students will be dismissed one hour earlier than the regular schedule. Minimum day schedule follows:

Kindergarten 8:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.

Grades 1-6 8:00 a.m. – 1:25 p.m.

CLASSROOM ASSIGNMENTS: It is our goal to share with you the name of your child's teacher by Thursday, July 22, 2021 via email. If you have any questions regarding classroom assignments, please contact our Attendance Secretary, Suzanne Caro via email at or by phone at (619) 628-8600.


  • All students can be dropped off at the main entrance gate or at the side gate on 10th Street. In order to improve our security and safety measures, the back gate on Grove St. will remain closed until further notice. We apologize in advance for any inconvenience.

  • For the safety of all staff, students and families, we kindly ask parents to avoid entering the campus. We will have staff members throughout our campus directing students to the playgrounds where they will wait in line for their teacher. Kindergarten students will be directed to the Kinder playground, 1st and 2nd graders will be directed to the primary playground, and 3rd-6th grade students will be directed to the upper grade playground.

  • Students who arrive to school before 7:45 a.m. will be directed to the cafeteria for supervision before they are walked out to the playground.

  • If your child will be eating breakfast at school, they may be dropped off as early as 7:15 a.m. at the main entrance in front of the office. Breakfast will be served from 7:15-7:50 a.m. *Parents/visitors will not be allowed to enter the cafeteria. Students will be directed to walk to the breakfast area by staff members.

  • To secure our campus and keep all students safe, all gates will close at 8 a.m. All students who arrive late to school will need to stop at the office for a late slip. "If you are NOT at the GATE by EIGHT, you are LATE."

  • Only vehicles with a disabled placard will be able to use the staff parking.

  • At dismissal, students are to go home promptly or report directly to the Extended Learning Program. N0 parents/visitors will be allowed to wait inside the campus (ie. the hallways, in front of the classrooms, or on the playground).

  • If you arrive early for dismissal, you may wait in the designated areas in front of the school.

FRONT OFFICE: The front office will be open to all parents/visitors from 7:30 a.m.-3:45 p.m. but it is highly encouraged to make appointments whenever possible or call the school directly at 619-628-8600. Only 1-2 parents will be allowed in the office at any given time.

COMMUNICATION WITH THE PRINCIPAL: All parents may email questions, comments or concerns directly to Principal Solis at To schedule a zoom meeting or a phone conference, please call our office at (619) 628-8600. In-person meetings will not be available at the moment. We would really appreciate your understanding.

Safety Protocols

We are committed to keeping all staff, students and families safe as we return back to school from the global pandemic. Please help us keep everyone safe and healthy by following the safety protocols recommended by the California Department of Public Health below:

  1. Masks: All students MUST wear a mask to school. Each child will also be provided a reusable face mask. All K-12 students are required to wear masks indoors. with exemptions per CDPH face mask guidance. Adults in K-12 school settings are required to mask when sharing indoor spaces with students. Students are not required to wear masks outdoors. *If your child has a Medical/Behavioral Exemption you MUST contact the school nurse.

  2. Physical Distancing: Recent evidence indicates that in-person instruction can occur safely without minimum physical distancing requirements. Classroom space will be maximized.

  3. Ventilation: Ventilation in all classrooms will be optimized through the use of HEPA air scrubbers/filters in all classrooms and other critical indoor spaces.

  4. Testing: Free, onsite testing options will be made available through state-wide testing programs, as well as a contract with UCSD Health Services. The testing will be used for preventative screening and contact tracing. Regular testing is NOT required for students or staff.

  5. Hand Hygiene: Teachers and staff will teach, promote, and reinforce washing hands; avoiding contact with one’s eyes, nose, and mouth; and covering coughs and sneezes. Adequate supplies will be available.

  6. Cleaning: Surfaces will be cleaned at least once per day to sufficiently remove any potential virus that may be on surfaces. Spaces which have been occupied by a person with COVID-19, will be cleaned AND disinfected according to public health guidelines.

  7. Meals/Water: Meals will be provided to students during school hours. Physical distancing will be maximized as much as possible while eating. Additional spaces outside of the cafeteria will be used for mealtime seating as practical. Students will be provided a reusable water bottle that they can refill at school, but you may also send your child with their own water bottle.

  8. Visitors/Volunteers: Schools must limit nonessential visitors, volunteers, and activities involving external groups or organizations with people who are not fully vaccinated. Any visitor or volunteer may be asked for proof of vaccination status.

  9. Case Reporting, Contact Tracing, and Quarantine: All schools are required to report COVID-19 cases to the local public health department and participate in contact tracing through a district liaison. Quarantine and isolation will be based on the most recent decision tree from San Diego County Public Health and CDPH guidance.