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April 23, 2021

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Principal's Update

Dear Paularino Families,

What a week! Our students are back full time everyday and it's so nice to hear the sounds of recess and lunch again. Our Paularino team has worked hard to make this happen. Thank you to our amazing Paularino staff. From new schedules, more supervision, cleaning changes, and new social distancing within the classroom our staff has risen to the occasion. Thank you!!! And a huge thank you to all of our students. Our Panthers are adhering to all safety guidelines and protocols to be here full day and doing it all with a smile (behind their masks). Have a fabulous weekend!!


Mrs. Schwartz

Let's Be Kind

Monday April 26th is Let's Be Kind Day! Please have your student wear their grey Let's Be Kind shirt generously donated to each student by the Paularino PTA (thank you!!). We look forward to participating in this amazing day.

Full Day Instruciton

Level 1 Updates

Grades TK-6 Bell Schedule:

7:55 am - Gates Open

8:05 am - School Starts

2:20 pm Dismissal Monday through Friday

Masks, social distancing, and hand sanitizer/washing will continue to be required at all times, except when students are eating and drinking.

Arrival procedures

  • Gate assignments are 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/guardians will remain in their cars while students unload and walk through the gates.

  • Gates open at 7:55 am.

  • All students will walk to their classrooms and should be at their desks by 8:05 am.

  • Students who arrive after 8:05 am will be marked tardy.


  • Classrooms have been arranged with multiple protective measures for students and staff.

  • All desks continue to contain the plexiglass barriers.

  • Students are seated with 6 feet distancing when possible, but no less than 3 feet.

Specialist Classes: Science, Music, P.E.

  • We are SO excited for NO more Zoom Specialists classes!!!

  • Students will receive instruction within the specialist’s classroom/outdoor space.

  • Students will be separated from one another with 6 feet distancing when possible, but no less than 3 feet from person to person.

  • Cleaning will be conducted in between classes.


  • The field, playground, and blacktop spaces have been divided into areas by grade level.

  • Grade levels will be assigned an area each day, and a rotation will take place for students to experience all areas each week. Suggested activities and appropriate equipment will be provided for each area for students to participate in a safe, socially distanced manner.

  • Supervision will be provided to support and reinforce recess and lunch expectations.

  • Students will wash or sanitize their hands before they go to play, and will wash or sanitize their hands when they return to the classroom.


  • Lunch schedules have been modified so that we have three lunch periods (grades
    TK, K and 1, grades 2 and 3, and grades 4, 5 and 6).

  • Only 3 students will sit at one table at a time.

  • Students will be 6 feet apart from another at the same table and from table to table.

  • Students will eat at the tables and we will also have “picnickers” spread around on yoga mats to keep socially distant while eating.

  • Students will have a cold Grab & Go lunch available to them each day. If your child would prefer something different, please pack them a lunch and send it with them to school.


  • 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.

  • Grab & Go breakfasts will be available at dismissal for the next day.

  • 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.

Upcoming NMUSD Summer Sessions

Information was sent out earlier this week about the upcoming NMUSD Summer Sessions. More information on how to apply or register for each program will be available in coming weeks. Information will be posted on the NMUSD Summer Programs page.

Additionally, the Special Education department offers an Extended School Year Program for qualified students For more information please visit the NMUSD Special Education page.

Food Distribution

Please click for more information about free produce distribution.

Virtual Wellness Center

Please click to access our new virtual Wellness Center. You can also find it on our Paularino website.

Student Symptoms

As we approach flu season and the winter months, please be checking your child for any of these symptoms before you send them to school. If your child has two or more of these symptoms, they need to be seen by a medical professional before returning to school with a note.

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 see page 18-21 of the NMUSD School Reopening Plan for additional information.

Time For A Flu Shot!

Click for important information about the flu shot.

A few safety reminders

When dropping off and picking up your students all adults and children over the age of 2 must wear a face mask. This is for your safety and the safety of others. It is also the law. Please remember to keep a social distance from others outside your household as well.

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. With added adults on the sidewalk of the car line it is difficult to maintain a social distance and keep all children safe near moving vehicles.

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

The Good News Club

The Good News Club is being hosted by St. James Church weekly. See flyer for more information or click to sign up.

Paularino Elementary

1060 Paularino Avenue

Costa Mesa, CA 92626

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

Attendance Line: 714-424-4742