August 26, 2020


- Steven King

Message from Superintendent Mueller

Good afternoon,

Coronado Unified School District will continue to practice responsible and hopeful decision-making in our plans to reopen schools. Our return to campus will be executed in accordance with guidelines issued by the California Department of Public Health (CDPH). Our first priority is safety and we must make a realistic evaluation/assessment of potential consequences stemming from our actions, and effects on the physical, emotional, and academic well-being of all of our students and staff.

Also essential is the structure and continuity of learning for our students during transition and communication to families about any changes. Recognizing the need for well planned transitions, we purposefully included language requiring a two week notification prior to any adjustment of schedule or transition back to in-person instruction in our Memorandum of Understanding with the Association of Coronado Teachers. This provision affords adequate time for the planning necessary for implementation of often-changing health and learning mitigation strategies, as well as updated communications sent to shareholders.

Our efforts this summer have positioned us to be able to respond quickly to changes in safety guidelines while providing rigorous learning experiences in a variety of settings and conditions. We have prepared mitigation plans, procured PPE equipment, and identified logistical supports which adhere to existing safety protocols. Direction from the State regarding mandated health screening (for staff and students), cohort size, and capacity maximums are still being defined.

We reopen tomorrow in BRIDGE and will remain in a remote learning environment as we monitor and adhere to the State Safe Reopening plans. The return to campus process will happen in phases, beginning with providing opportunities for our most vulnerable students as defined by CDE. We will initiate this two week window immediately with an anticipated return of our first cohorts on September 14. The timeline to initiate our second ‘phase’ will begin shortly thereafter and will be structured in alignment with conditions set by the San Diego CDPH.

As we have stated throughout the summer, we want our students back on campus as quickly and as safely as possible. It is imperative that we do this methodically. We appreciate your understanding as we continue to navigate these uncertainties together.


Karl Mueller

NEW Meal Service Pick-Up Times and Pricing Information

Grab and Go Meal Service Continues during Distance Learning!!

  • Where: Village Elementary and Silver Strand Elementary
  • When: Every Monday (except Holidays)
  • Location: Multi-Purpose Rooms at VES (H Street, with the line forming along Green Field on 7th Street) and Silver Strand Elementary
  • Distribution Time: 4:00 PM-6:00 PM (while supplies last)
  • How: Meals will be distributed to enrolled CUSD students based on meal eligibility (free/reduced/paid)

Meal distribution will continue every Monday while students are in a distance learning environment. Starting Monday, August 31st, 5 days' worth of breakfast and lunch meals will be distributed to enrolled Coronado Unified students and based on the current meal eligibility (free/reduced/paid). Economic circumstances have changed for many families as a result of the pandemic. Families may turn in a meal application at any time during the school year. Applications must be filled out every year even if you qualified the prior school year. Click here to apply online for meal benefits. Meals may consist of packaged, refrigerated, and/or frozen items. Staff will start "Grab and Go Distribution" of meal bags at 4 pm and will stop once all bags are distributed on a first-come, first-served basis.

All meals will be distributed curb-side to decrease the risk of exposure. Parents/guardians will be asked the name of their student(s) and it will be entered into the cashier system to bring up the student's meal eligibility. The 5 meals for breakfast and lunch will be charged to the student's account at that time (see below for meal prices). All parts of the breakfast and lunch meals must be taken at the time of pick up. Please note that NO PAYMENTS will be taken during meal distribution. Payments must be made online through or a check/cash can be dropped off to any school site office in the CNS drop deposit box.

  • Free: $0
  • Reduced: Breakfast = $.30; Lunch = $.40
    • Weekly = $3.50/student
  • Paid: Breakfast = $2.50; Lunch = $3.25 (Pre-k/Elementary) or $3.75 (MS/HS)
    • Weekly Pre-k/Elementary = $28.75
    • Weekly MS/HS = $31.25

Meal bags will be placed into automobile trunks, they will not be handed through the vehicle window for the protection of both our staff and vehicle occupants. Only those in cars will be served meals during this pick-up window, no walk-ups or bicycles are allowed in order to maintain social distancing protocols. If you are unable to pick-up meals by car or during the scheduled distribution time, please email on or before the Friday before pick-up, at noon, and we will schedule an alternative window to pick-up a meal.

Meals may not be distributed to students. Students who are receiving meals are encouraged to be physically present at the time of pick-up. However, requiring students to come to the meal site to pick up meals may not be practical and in keeping with the goal of providing meals while also taking appropriate safety measures. As such, meals may be distributed to a parent/guardian to take home to their student(s).

Our incredible Child Nutrition Service Department are prepared to serve meals weekly to over 830 children (8,300 meals in total). As demands increase, we will continue to increase the number of meals we prepare in order to accommodate the needs of our entire school community.

CUSD is excited to announce a new partnership with Champions to provide before and after school childcare and enrichment opportunities beginning this Fall.

Child-development research shows that three important things impact a child’s future success: social-emotional skills, executive-function skills, and opportunities for inquiry-based learning. With almost 30 years of experience, Champions has developed a curriculum that is carefully designed to build on these three areas in a fun and engaging environment. Their daily learning activities highlight group problem-solving, leadership, focus and self-regulation skills, and frequently follow a child’s own interests to spark self-guided learning. We are excited to partner with Champions to provide meaningful opportunities for Every Child, Every Day to feel connected, challenged, and inspired.

Additional information about Champions can be found by following this link.

Will you need childcare during school closures and/or distance learning?

Please fill out this form to let us know.

Caught Being Awesome!

As our educators, parents, and community come together to connect, challenge, and champion our students during our district closure, we are humbled by the outpouring of compliments during these trying times. What a positive testament to our CUSD family!

Thank you to our students, parents, staff, and community members for the outpouring of love and support for one another!

Click here to recognize an employee or volunteer who goes above and beyond to make a difference. Those who are "caught" will receive a copy of the positive words that were shared about them and a "Caught Being Awesome" decal. Please take a minute or two to brighten someone else's day!

CUSD Where Everybody Knows Your Name

Important Resources and Document Links

Adhere to Social Distancing

Please be mindful of, and responsive to, all guidance provided from Federal, State, and Local first responders and health practitioners regarding the need for social distancing. We know that self-quarantining efforts will ensure your safety. We also know that some of our students are not practicing social and physical distancing. Remember, while you believe that you may not get sick, you may unknowingly spread the virus to others and/or extend the timeline on state and local restrictions for congregating with others. Everyone has a role in this pandemic; everyone has a responsibility. Prevent onward transmission to protect yourself, your loved ones, and our community. We are encouraging compliance for all as the longer individuals are violating recommended distancing, the longer we will all be sequestered.

About CUSD

Coronado Unified School District is a K-12 public school district in San Diego County located across the harbor from San Diego, California.