CUSD UPDATE

May 22, 2020


"AS WE EXPRESS OUR GRATITUDE, WE MUST NEVER FORGET THAT THE HIGHEST APPRECIATION IS NOT TO UTTER WORDS, BUT TO LIVE BY THEM."

-John F Kennedy

Message from Superintendent Mueller

Good afternoon,


We continue to categorize ThoughtExchange data into three prevailing themes: uniform distance learning structures and schedule, importance of direct interaction (teacher/student, peer/peer), and clear expectations with accountability. Professional development and training for staff, parents and students was also a key focus. We will share a more comprehensive report with our community on Wednesday, May 27th.


Our staff development focus in June will center on lesson design for remote learning which aligns with research and evidence-based practices. Delivery of instruction will incorporate feedback from our staff and shareholders.


On Tuesday, based on guidance from the public health officer, the San Diego County Board of Supervisors approved a move to Accelerated Stage 2 of the state reopening plan. While CUSD remains cautious, this is an encouraging development for public schools. When conditions set by public health officials which allow for gatherings can be met, they must be extended to our schools. If public risk factors associated with Covid-19 remain, we understand families will make decisions in the best interests of their family members’ health. Efforts to design a robust distance learning platform will ensure that options exist for all learners as restrictions ease; learning on campus, at home, or in a blended model.


Our guiding principles direct our work and state that we will prioritize the physical and emotional safety of our students and staff. They also require us to base decisions on what is best for students, always. We can not predict what learning will look like when we resume on August 27th. Our responsibility is to be ready for any/all scenarios. We will comply with all requisite measures. We will not compromise the health and safety of our staff and students, but we want and we need our students back.


Have a safe Memorial Day Weekend,


Karl Mueller

CUSD Where Everybody Knows Your Name

CUSD Grab-and-Go Meal Service

Grab-and-Go Meal Service at Village Elementary and Silver Strand

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: 11:00AM - 1:00PM (while supplies last)


Our next distribution day will be Tuesday, 5/26 beginning at 11AM. All families with children 18 and under will be able to pick up free breakfast and lunch meals via curb-side pick-up. Each child will receive one bag that contains 5 days’ worth of meals for breakfast and lunch. Meals may consist of packaged, refrigerated, and/or frozen items (heating instructions will be provided). District and school staff will start "Grab and Go Distribution" of meal bags at 11AM, 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. 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 Charity.Campbell@coronadousd.net 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. Additionally, adults may pick up meals for students not present by printing and submitting this form at the time of pick-up. No meals will be distributed to parents/guardians without a child present or a form submitted at time of pick up due to state regulations.


Meals are available for all children aged 18 and under. Children are not required to be students of Coronado Unified School District. Our incredible Child Nutrition Service team members and volunteers have served over 56,200 meals since this program began. We 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. This is free for all children, regardless of meal status - please spread the word!

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!


  • Mrs. Cummins and Mrs. Phair were caught being awesome by a parent. "We are seeing great leadership which always starts at the top and reflects down. I want to share a short story of our sons' learning. Both of our boys look forward to their class meetings. Each class provides an opportunity to see their classmates and engage with their teacher in meaningful ways. After one class meeting, Mrs. Cummins noted each student would receive a letter. It was not long after we received a letter from Mrs. Phair for our oldest son. Both teachers are going above and beyond anyone can expect - I can only assume this is the model for all teachers within CUSD. Then, to top it all off, Mrs. Cummins' letter included a created miniature emoji of herself with instructions for her student to take her where ever they went. Simply brilliant. Now, Mrs. Cummins could be "with our son" and "watch him" do the things he loves. Wow! If that is not above and beyond - I don't know what is. Not to mention, both Mrs. Cummins and Mrs. Phair have children of their own to care for and teach."
  • Mrs. Roberts was caught being awesome by a parent. "Thank you so much Mrs. Roberts!! You made our child so happy! I haven't seen her smile like that in so long! She feels such a connection to you. It is really a testament to all the love and care you give to these kids through all circumstances. Thank you for being such a great example of how to make a child feel so special, for sharing your passion of teaching with them and being an inspiration and offering kindness others can emulate! I truly wish you and yours all the very best; you will be dearly missed as we progress through the end of the year. Hopefully our younger child will be fortunate to be in your class someday!"
  • Volunteer, Jeannine Smith was caught being awesome. "Jeannine has been the lead library volunteer this school year. When I started as the Library Tech 2 years ago, I had a handful of library volunteers. Jeannine has helped lead by organizing communication, training, and teams. With her help, we now have over 60 library volunteers on a consistent basis each week. We've been able to accomplish bigger tasks and create forward plans for the library with her help. I greatly appreciate her skills that she's used in making the library an even greater place."
  • Thank you to our students, parents, staff, and community members for the outpouring of love and support for one another! We can not fit all the wonderful sentiments received in the last few days but the following staff have been Caught Being Awesome: Ken Heskestad, Brooke Barto, Shannon Archer, Kelly Telebrico, and Lisa Kinzel.


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!

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.