August 4, 2020


-Chinua Achebe

Message from Superintendent Mueller

Good morning,

Welcome to August! We are looking forward to reconnecting with and engaging our learners across CUSD. Instruction will begin as planned for all students on Thursday, August 27 via an online, virtual environment, as aligned with Governor Newsom’s mandate. Fall distance learning schedules and structures will be available for community review early next week. Site-specific information regarding textbooks, instructional materials and class scheduling will be shared through our principals’ newsletters as we approach the start of our semester. An application to request use of district-issued technology can be found here.

Thank you to those who participated in our Town Hall forums. Information provided focused on planning and preparedness in order to respond to three potential learning models for the 2020-21 school year: on-campus, hybrid, or online/virtual learning. In addition to the presentation, staff responded to questions submitted by shareholders. Links to the four sessions can be found here. To assist with staffing and enrollment projections, and with consideration of information recently provided, we will circulate an updated survey for parents to complete in order to signal their intent for accessing instruction in the 2020-2021 school year. Yesterday afternoon, the California Department of Public Health released guidance on the waiver process to open in-person instruction for elementary schools in counties that are on the state monitoring list. We are currently reviewing this information as we remain committed to a physical return to campus as quickly and as safely as possible.

In order to encourage community participation and voice, the public was invited to attend our Town Hall experiences. As such, the links to participate were not password-protected and were openly shared and distributed. Unlike structured and owner-facilitated virtual meetings like classroom or school events, opening the sessions limited our ability to monitor and control entrants. Unfortunately, during one of the presentations, someone used the virtual environment to briefly post incredibly offensive content. After quickly removing the user(s) from the room, CUSD immediately filed a complaint with the Internet Crime Complaint Center, a department within the FBI, and provided the organization with all pertinent username and login information. We are awaiting further guidance as they investigate the incident. We strongly condemn this deplorable behavior and it will not be tolerated. We regret that this occurred during one of our public forums. It is our shared responsibility to foster learning communities where each student is safe, valued, and respected. We remain steadfast in our purpose to connect, challenge, and champion every child, every day.

Karl J Mueller

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.

CUSD Grab-and-Go Meal Service: Will continue each Monday through the end of August!

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 Monday, 8/10 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 7 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 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 147,500 meals since this program began. We are prepared to serve meals weekly to over 830 children (11,620 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!

Please check our website for the newest additions including New K-8 Enrichment Activities for English Language Arts and Mathematics!

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.