Wednesday, April 22, 2020




- Maya Angelou

Message from Superintendent Mueller

Good afternoon,

After careful consideration, research and data collection, and consultation with our shareholders, we have determined our CUSD Distance Learning grading philosophy. This temporary policy will only apply to the second semester of the 2019-20 school year. Responding to the pandemic has emphasized our responsibility to be inclusive and compassionate to all members of our school community. This policy, presented in collaboration with the Association of Coronado Teachers, is aligned with our commitment to fairness, equity, and the physical, mental, and emotional well-being of our students, parents, and staff.

As you review the document you will notice we listed an end date of June 11th. While we continue to hold out hope that our students may return this Spring (only if cleared by public health officials), we acknowledge that Distance Learning will be our course of action through the school year.

The San Diego County Office of Education has published a 'recovery plan assumptions and recommendations' document which is aligned to Governor Newsom's six indicators outlined in his Roadmap to modify stay-at-home orders. As previously stated, CUSD will take direction and guidance from public health officials prior to any action. We will not compromise the health and safety of our students.

We have the unique opportunity to leverage the small size of our district to tailor experiences offered within Coronado Unified. While we continue to communicate and collaborate with our neighboring districts, we are committed to making responsible, hopeful decisions which benefit our learners and our community.

Thank you; together we courageously navigate these uncharted waters with grace and humility.


Karl Mueller


Thank You, CUSD Teachers!

CUSD Grab-and-Go Meal Service

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

When: Every Monday

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, 4/27 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 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 23,000 meals since this program began earlier this month. 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!

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Coronado Schools Foundation

Join us for the first every Fully-Virtual CSF Telethon on Wednesday, May 6, 2020, 5-9pm

Join Buzzby, his local celebrity hosts, our teachers, students, and staff for another year of fun game shows all to raise money for the 3,100 students in Coronado Unified School District! We’re all running out of things to watch on Netflix, so gather your household around the television or computer and watch friends and other familiar faces on TV! The first-ever fully virtual CSF Telethon features game shows hosted by local celebrities as well as cameo appearances by your favorite CUSD teachers, administrators, and staff. As in past years, EVERYONE who donates will have their name read LIVE On-Air by our new President & CEO, Jeanmarie Bond.

To see our 2020 Telethon campaign thermometer and a scrolling list of donors who have already given: CLICK HERE

This year's Telethon will air live on AT&T Ch 99 & Spectrum Ch 19 or stream live at and . Tune in from 5-9pm on Wednesday, May 6, 2020.

Telethon's goal is to raise $200,000 in donations that go directly back to local, public Coronado schools, teachers, and students. Please join us from the comfort of your home, and ask friends, neighbors, and family to watch too! Click here to donate to your school today!

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!

  • CMS Attendance/Registrar, LaMarshell Karnas serves as a wonderful, warm, and welcoming "face" of CMS! Despite a significant workload, she always gives her complete attention and care to students and families. Ms. Karnas knows students as individuals and can always be counted on to run interference when needed between home and school. She does all of this and so much more with kindness, grace, unfailing good nature, and always, a wonderful sense of humor.
  • VES, Assistant Principal, Tanya White has gone above and beyond to make herself available to help staff during the implementation of distance learning. Her even-keeled and calm personality has helped ease insecurity and reassures staff during these uncertain and uncomfortable times.
  • Multiple parents, and staff recognizing staff for their support, guidance, and going above and beyond for our CUSD family: Matt Smith, Brooke Bernardy, Charity Campbell, Jennifer Landry, Kathleen Spane, Dyan Sebastian, Ellen Cody, Kelsey Hoffman, Jodi Judd, Lisa Kinzel, Nicole Cretzmeyer, Pamela Barton, Devon Roberts, Toni Neubert, Bonnie McCann, Kathy Shady, Stacy Morrissey, and Eileen Farrell.

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!
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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.
Time to Come In, Bear: A Children's Story About Social Distancing
Animated match-burning video shows how social distancing can stop the spread of Covid-19

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.