Paularino News - Panther Pride

August 27, 2021

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Principal's Update

Dear Paularino Families,

Welcome to the 2021-2022 school year! On behalf of the Paularino teachers and staff we are excited to see our Panthers on campus. It has been an exciting first week and our students have been amazing! Thank you parents for your support in a safe opening. We look forward to a wonderful school year.


Mrs. Schwartz

Virtual Back to School Night

Back to School Night is Thursday September 2, 2021 and will be on Zoom. Please join me at 4:30pm for a brief overview of our site and ways to support and get involved as a parent. TK - 2nd grade will Zoom from 5:00pm - 5:30pm. 3rd grade - 6th grade will Zoom from 5:30pm - 6:00pm. Teachers will send out information with their individual Zoom codes next week.


Masks are required for all students when indoors. Please send your child to school with a mask to wear while in class. Masks will be provided if needed.

Support the PTA

Please consider supporting the PTA by becoming a PTA member. Your membership dues help support student programs such as assemblies, field trips, and other extracurricular supports for our school. Click here to support the Paularino PTA.

Safety Reminders

Safety is our priority!

Many parents have been walking through the parking lot to drop off or pick up their students which is very dangerous for pedestrians and drivers. Please use the sidewalk for the safety of all students, staff, and parents.

When in the car line please remain in your car. This will help the car line to move faster with children getting in and out on their own. A staff member will be there to assist if needed.

If walking or parking to pick up your child please wait by the sidewalk of the MPR or the sidewalk by the exit driveway.

Thank you for your cooperation to keep all students, staff, and families safe.

Dress Code

As the weather gets warmer please remember students need to adhere to dress code with school appropriate clothing and shoes. Students are playing during recess and lunch and we need them to stay safe with closed toed shoes.

Daily Schedule

Grades TK-6 Bell Schedule:

7:35 am - Gates Open

8:05 am - School Starts

2:20 pm Dismissal Monday through Friday

Masks are required for students and staff when indoors. Good hand hygiene is encouraged throughout the school day with sanitizer or hand washing.

Arrival procedures

  • Gate assignments: TK-2 by the front office and 3-6 by the marquee. Bus riders and walkers will use the side gate on Coolidge.

  • All parents/guardians will remain in their cars while students unload and walk through the gates.

  • Gates open at 7:35 am.

  • Students may get breakfast from the cafeteria and then play on the playground.

  • Students who arrive after 8:05 am will enter through the front office and be marked tardy.


  • Monday through Friday dismissal is 2:20 pm.

  • Gate assignments remain the same: TK-2 by the front office and 3-6 by the marquee. Bus riders and walkers will use the side gate on Coolidge.

  • All parents remain in their cars.


  • If your child is feeling ill or has symptoms such as cough, stomachache, fever or chills please keep them home and consult your physician.

  • If your child will be absent, please call the attendance line at (714) 424-4742 and leave a message with your name, your child's name, reason for absence, and a phone number.

Dress code

  • Please send your student to school with appropriate clothes and shoes for the school day. Per our dress code, flip flops are not permitted on campus and are a safety concern when students play at recess and lunch.

  • As the weather gets warmer please make sure your child is wearing school appropriate clothing.

Thank you for your continued support and trust.


Attendance is taken each day. If your child will be absent, please call the attendance line at (714) 424-4742.

Amazon Smile

Please consider signing up for Amazon Smile. Once you sign up for Paularino to be your charity, Amazon Smile will donate proceeds to our school every time you shop! Click here to sign up.

COVID-19 Dashboard

In an effort to continue to provide accurate and up-to-date information related to COVID-19 in our schools, a District dashboard was created that identifies the number of confirmed COVID-19 cases by school. The number listed includes current positive cases of staff and/or students within the past 14-day period. This information is updated daily and is located on the District webpage.

There is no need to be alarmed or wonder if your child has been exposed when you see a positive case at your child’s school site. The District follows protocols, which includes collaboration with the Orange County Health Care Agency (OCHCA), who assist with contact tracing and help identify students or staff who need to quarantine. In the event of a positive case in our schools, as appropriate and under the direction of the OCHCA, the school nurse, principal, or District staff will notify any staff or students who are considered to be a close contact (less than 6 feet apart for more than 15 minutes) with a COVID-19 positive person. Each case is unique and in some cases, while uncommon, notification to low risk contacts MAY be necessary, based on the direction from the OCHCA. If you do not receive notification regarding a COVID-19 case, we do not believe your child has been exposed. Due to privacy laws, we cannot provide names or any other information about the people who test positive or those who have been in close contact.

Please visit the district COVID-19 resources page for additional information. NMUSD COVID-19 Resources

Paularino Elementary

1060 Paularino Avenue

Costa Mesa, CA 92626

Phone: 714-424-7950 Fax: 714-424-4741

Attendance Line: 714-424-4742