Dr. Ben Churchill, Superintendent

Welcome Back To School

Welcome to the 2020-21 School Year, Carlsbad Unified!

With the start of the new school year we are relaunching our monthly newsletter, Carlsbad Unified Connections, to share our stories and keep you informed. We will be spotlighting our outstanding schools and updating you on important issues being considered by the Board.

School opens on Tuesday, August 25, but, as you know, campuses will remain closed until further notice in compliance with COVID-19 public health orders.

Like in every new school year, students and staff alike are feeling the excitement, apprehension, and the promise of a fresh start. But Back To School this year is not normal; we are experiencing the uncertainties and disappointments of this pandemic year. It has been challenging to predict what this year will look like and to plan an instructional program that meets the academic and social-emotional needs of our students.

But we are Carlsbad Unified. So we will strive to create opportunities to inspire and motivate our students. Remember that -- as Plato said -- necessity is the mother of invention. Knowing that the best inventors in history were galvanized by the most challenging times, we will challenge ourselves and our students to become such inventors and to find the good that can come out of hard times.

The urgency of this public health crisis spurred exemplary work by our teachers and administrators in their Summer Institute collaborations, transforming our instructional program from the emergency remote learning of the Spring into innovative, structured, and rigorous Distance Learning 2.0 plans for the Fall.

In Summer Institute Session 1, a Planning Task Force developed a flexible framework for teaching and learning in an online or hybrid environment, and reviewed and recommended the necessary instructional tools. In Session 2, an Instructional Plan Development Work Group designed creative ways to engage students in distance learning with academic rigor, daily interaction, and conceptual schedules that look much like a student’s regular school day. The Work Group built four weeks of standards-based lesson plans for each grade level and class, which will support our teachers as they begin the year. I appreciate the contributions of these dedicated professionals.

Additionally, I appreciate the partnership of the Carlsbad Educational Foundation (CEF), which will be offering fee-based childcare on many of our campuses this fall. See CEF Kids Care for more information.

Our PTAs are working closely with principals to support home-school connections and to find new ways to keep parents involved in the educational process this year; please be on the lookout for information from your PTA later this week.

View our COVID-19 Safe Reopening website for further information about registration, meal service, instructional materials, and other topics. Our principals will also be communicating important information in the coming days. We will continue to prioritize the health and safety of our students, teachers, and staff as we follow the guidance of federal, state, and local public health officials.

Together, we will make extraordinary things happen in these extraordinary times.


Webpage with Carlsbad Unified updates and useful information.


Parent and student resource page with sample student schedules, how to log in to important websites, and more.


The following items were discussed and/or decided at the July 22, 2020 Regular Meeting of the Board of Trustees:

  • COVID-19 Update: Safe Reopening of Schools
  • Bond Program Update
  • Adoption of 2021-2022 School Calendar

Previous agenda items, meeting minutes, and presentations can be found by clicking on the below link to "Agendas & Minutes" to view the meeting agenda.


The next Carlsbad Unified School District Board of Trustees Meeting will be held on Wednesday, August 19, 2020 at 6:00pm.

The following items will be discussed and/or considered:

  • COVID-19 Update: Safe Reopening of Schools
  • Facility Master Plan Update
  • Bond Program Update
  • Budget Update

A comprehensive list of all agenda items can be found by clicking on the below link to "Agendas & Minutes" to view the meeting agenda.


Here are a few articles and websites you may find helpful; these are provided as general resources to parents during the ever-changing COVID-19 pandemic.

National Association of School Psychologists

Helping Children Cope With Changes Resulting From COVID-19

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

Talking with children about Coronavirus Disease 2019

American Psychological Association

Advice for Caregivers of Children With Disabilities In the Era of COVID-19

National Center for Learning Disabilities

COVID-19 Parent Resources

University of Rochester Medical Center

A Toolkit For Helping Your Child Wear A Mask During COVID-19

Carlsbad Unified School District

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