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    NEWS & ANNOUNCEMENTS

    The San Pasqual Union School District (SPUSD) will continue to post updates here on the current district/school re-opening and public health crisis regarding COVID-19.

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  • July 30, 2020

    Dear San Pasqual Families,

    I hope this message finds you and your family well and in good spirits.  As some of you may have experienced, we exceeded our maximum number of participants for last week’s “Virtual Coffee with the Principal” Zoom session.  Although we intended to host another session this week, we have been unable to upgrade our account in a timely manner.  As such, our next “Virtual Coffee” session is scheduled for Friday, August 7th, at 9:30 am.  Once our account is upgraded, we will share the link to that meeting.           

    In the meantime, we have a few key developments to share with you.  On Tuesday night, the San Pasqual Union School Governing Board approved our Safe Return to School Plan.  While we remain closed to on-campus learning per order of the health department, the plan sets forth the procedures and protocols we intend to take once our students and staff are permitted to return to campus.   

    As you may be aware, there is a waiver process established for elementary school districts to request permission to reopen schools to on-campus learning.  The San Pasqual Union School District has expressed interest in applying for the waiver and await further guidance from the health department. 

    At this time, we have received permission to reopen our preschool under the county’s childcare guidelines, including the “podding” of students in small groups.  Unfortunately, we have not received permission to reopen our Kids’ Club program.  If/When appropriate licensing waivers are granted, we intend to open our Kids’ Club program for children of employees and other essential workers.

    I look forward to reconnecting with you again next week during our “Virtual Coffee” session.  In the meantime, if you have any questions or topics you would like me to address, please email me at mark.burroughs@sanpasqualunion.net

    Sincerely,

    Mark Burroughs, Principal/Superintendent 

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  • July 25, 2020

    Dear San Pasqual Families,

    Thank you to those who were able to join us yesterday for our Virtual Coffee with the Principal session.  To sum it up, the current health order still mandates that we remain closed to live instruction until health conditions improve in our area.  As such, we are making plans and preparations to offer a robust and engaging virtual learning program to start the 2020-21 school year.    

    For those who missed our online session, it is now posted on our You Tube Channel.  Additionally, we have compiled our most frequently asked questions about our "Safe Return to School Plan" and attached them to this message.

    In a piece of good news, we will resume Curbside Library this coming Wednesday, 7/29, from 9-11am.  We have updated our library checkout system so that students can now reserve books through our online system.  Check out the attached document for more information on how to reserve your books today.    

    I hope to see you on Wednesday at Curbside Library.  Until we meet again, be well and take care of one another. 

    Sincerely,

    Mark Burroughs, Superintendent/Principal
    #togetherapart

    Library Book Search and Hold Instructions

    Safe Return to School FAQs

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  • July 24, 2020

    Dear San Pasqual Families,

    Thank you to those who were able to join us yesterday for our Virtual Coffee with the Principal session.  To sum it up, the current health order still mandates that we remain closed to live instruction until health conditions improve in our area.  As such, we are making plans and preparations to offer a robust and engaging virtual learning program to start the 2020-21 school year.    

    For those who missed our online session, it is now posted on our You Tube Channel.  Additionally, we have compiled our most frequently asked questions about our "Safe Return to School Plan" and attached them to this message.


    In a piece of good news, we will resume Curbside Library this coming Wednesday, 7/29, from 9-11am.  We have updated our library checkout system so that students can now reserve books through our online system.  Check out the attached document for more information on how to reserve your books today.    

    I hope to see you on Wednesday at Curbside Library.  Until we meet again, be well and take care of one another. 

    Sincerely,

    Mark Burroughs, Superintendent/Principal
    #togetherapart

     

    Safe Return to School FAQs 7-24-20

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  • July  15, 2020

    Dear San Pasqual Families,

    In these most challenging of times, I hope this message finds you and your family in good health and good spirits.  I know that you are anxiously awaiting our announcement regarding school reopening plans for the upcoming school year.  Please know that we remain committed to developing plans to safely resume in-person instruction starting on August 19th.  However, any return to on-campus instruction will be predicated on a safe school environment and guided through consultation with health officials, our families, labor partners, and the SPUSD Governing Board.     

    Although we have yet to finalize the 2020-21 instructional options, based on current guidance and governmental mandates, we anticipate protocols for daily health screenings of students and staff, physical distancing, facial coverings, and enhanced cleaning.  In addition to any in-person learning options, we plan to offer distance learning for families who so choose.         

    Next week, we will host multiple focus groups, including a “Virtual Coffee with the Principal” session on July 24th at 9:30 am.   I encourage all of you to join me using the following meeting access information:

    https://sanpasqualunion.zoom.us/j/6047606814?pwd=N3FWS2Fza3FiYWlrZVJCZmwyV0QrQT09
    Meeting ID: 604 760 6814
    Password: 678704
    Dial In: +1 669 900 6833 US

    Feel free to submit questions or other input in advance of the “Virtual Coffee.”  For those unable to attend, we will post a recording of the session on our school’s YouTube channel and summarize the frequently asked questions on our website.  Additionally, the input from that session will be presented to the SPUSD Governing Board when they convene on July 28th.  I anticipate sharing our approved “Safe Return to School Plan” with you on July 29th.  At that time, we will also initiate enrollment for all students for on-campus (if available) or distance learning.       

    I thank you for your patience as we work through the complexities needed to create a safe and supportive environment for our students, families, and staff.  Stay well and I look forward to welcoming you back to school.

    Sincerely,

    Mark Burroughs, Superintendent/Principal

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  • May 27

    Dear Parents, Guardians, and Staff,

    As we wind down this most unprecedented school year and prepare for whatever tomorrow may bring, I ask that you take a moment to complete our short survey.  Students, preferably in grades 5th-7th grades, are also encouraged to participate. 

    The results of this survey will inform our planning and decision-making as we work toward bringing our students, staff, and families safely back to campus.  The survey will remain open until our last day of school on Thursday, June 4th. 

    Please access the survey below by clicking on the link below or cutting/pasting the link into your browser:

    https://qfreeaccountssjc1.az1.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_4GRnet4Tg3OppFr

    Thank you in advance for your time and input. 

    Sincerely,

    Mark Burroughs, Principal/Superintendent   

    #togetherapart

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  • April 26

     

    Dear San Pasqual Families,

    I hope this message finds you and your family safe and sound during these difficult times.  Despite our school doors still being closed, I still have some exciting things to share with you:

    Yearbooks
    PTO is still hard at work preparing yearbooks.  We apologize as our last yearbook message contained some broken links.  Please see the attached letter from PTO to learn about how to purchase, customize, and deliver your yearbook.

    SPU Spirit Week
    As we could all use a little “spirit” boost these days, join us in celebrating Spirit Week starting on Monday.  Please see the attached flyer for more information and make sure to share your spirit photos.

    Electives
    In our efforts to enrich the learning experiences for all students at SPU, optional electives are now available in VAPA, Coding, Languages, and more.  Check out the attached flyer to learn about opportunities for your child. 

    San Pasqual YouTube Channel
    Did you know that SPU has its very own YouTube channel?  Subscribe today by going to https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCb22tu7jZbOw9vf7IlCi9qg  to see a special message from staff along with archives of our “Virtual Coffee with the Principal” sessions.

    Curbside Library
    Please join us on Wednesday from 12-3pm to check in/out books from the SPU Library during our drive-thru library service.  You may request a book for check-out by emailing Mrs. Carroll @ Julie.carroll@sanpasqualunion.net.  Please submit all requests by Monday. 

    2020-21 New Student Registration
    Do you have a TK or Kindergarten student start school next year?  If so, registration for the 2020-21 school year is now open for all new students.  Please see the attached flyer and go to https://www.sanpasqualunion.net/domain/83 to start the process.   

    Thank you all for the collective sacrifices you are making to keep our community safe and our children educated.  If you need assistance, please feel free to contact me or your child’s teacher. 

    Sincerely,

    Mark Burroughs, Superintendent/Principal

    PTO Yearbook Letter
    Quaran-team Spirit Week
    SPU Distance Electives

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  • April 3, 2020

     

    Dear San Pasqual Families,  

     

    Thank you to the families that joined us yesterday for our 2nd Virtual Coffee with the Principal session.    For those that may have missed it, a recording can be accessed at our San Pasqual Union School YouTube channel.

    As we discussed, earlier this week, California Governor Gavin Newsom and California State Superintendent of Public Instruction Tony Thurmond jointly announced schools were closed for the school year.  The San Pasqual Union School District, in coordination with the San Diego County Office of Education, continues to carefully monitor guidance from federal, state, and local public health and education agencies.  All decisions about reopening school will be made in conjunction with local public health officials and only when it is safe for students to return. While we hold out a faint hope that campus could possibly reopen later this school year, at this time, we are fully committed to continue teaching and learning through distance learning. 

     

    I want to be very clear that the 2019-20 school year is not over, it has just transitioned from classroom instruction into distance learning. As Superintendent Thurmond said today, “schools are closed but classes are in.” 

     

    As previously shared, staff at San Pasqual Union have worked tirelessly to provide a quality program of distance learning since the first day of these unprecedented school closures.  We wrap up the first phase of our plan today and will commence with Phase 2, our long-term distance learning plan, on April 14th.  As discussed during our “Virtual Coffee”, this plan addresses four main areas: communication, social-emotional supports, devices, and academic programs.  

     

    In the coming days, weeks, and months, we will continue to communicate regularly with you via our mass communications systems (phone, email, text), PeachJar, Principal’s Coffee, and our various social media platforms (Instagram, Twitter, San Pasqual Union School app).  If you need assistance getting or staying connected, please contact me and I will assist.  

    We are also extremely concerned about the social and emotional well-being of all of our students and will continue to facilitate ways for students to stay connected, even if at a distance.  Should your child or family need supports in this area, please contact us or refer to https://covid-19.sdcoe.net/Parent-Resources.  

    In order to facilitate an effective distance learning program, all students need to have access to appropriate technology.  Our San Pasqual School Foundation, sensing a need to support our students during these difficult times, stepped up and funded 100 Chromebooks to be loaned to students in need.  (If you would like to support the Foundation’s efforts, please donate now at: https://www.spufoundation.com/donate-to-spu)  

     

    We will also be issuing iPads to our TK-1st grade students who lack appropriate technology at home.  We expect to be distributing these additional devices to students the Week of April 14th.  If your child lacks appropriate technology for distance learning, please contact Mrs. Lee or respond to our upcoming technology needs survey.  

     

    Finally, your child’s teachers will communicate the specific goals and expectations for your child’s academic program.  In summary, we are shifting a model of “flexibility with accountability.”  Unlike our first phase, there will be student work that is required for which students are accountable and expected to complete.  That being said, we understand that these are challenging times for all and we will remain compassionately flexible with all our families.  As emphasized earlier, please maintain open lines of communications with your child’s teachers so we continue to understand both the educational and social-emotional needs of your child and can engage accordingly.        

     

    While we recognize this situation poses challenges and hardship to many families, the most effective way to slow and disrupt the transmission of this pandemic –and therefore get back to normal -- is by continuing to implement social distancing practices. We are grateful to our community for everything you are doing during this unique and difficult time. 

     

    We also appreciate your patience and understanding during this unprecedented time. Please trust that we are doing everything in our power to prioritize student safety and continuous learning as we all work toward the goal of getting our teachers and students back together as soon as we can. 

     

    Sincerely, 

     

    Mark Burroughs, Superintendent/Principal


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    #togetherapart

     

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  • March 29, 2020

     

    Dear San Pasqual Families,

     

    Thank you to all who attended our first ever “Virtual Coffee with the Principal” on Thursday.  For those that may have missed it or were not able to access, you can check it out on our San Pasqual Union YouTube channel.  As referenced in the attached flyer, we have another “Virtual Coffee” scheduled for Thursday, 4/2, at 9:30am (https://sanpasqualunion.zoom.us/j/190194629, Meeting ID: 190 194 629).

    As a follow up on a few items discussed our “Virtual Coffee”:

    Return to School Date
    With the growing rate of COVID-19 cases in San Diego County, a return to school on 4/14 is unlikely.  At this point, our return to school date should be considered “indefinite.”  I will be meeting with health and school officials on Tuesday and expect to have an update for you shortly thereafter. 

    Curriculum and Expectations
    I have been so impressed with our teachers and families working together to continue the learning opportunities for our kids.  Currently, those curricular offerings are considered optional activities for extension, enrichment, and reinforcement purposes.  However, in preparation for school closure extending beyond Spring Break, we are researching and acquiring online learning platforms and additional devices.  If/When we do not return to school after the scheduled Spring Break, the additional programs and academic supports will have increased structure and accountability for at-home learning.

    Library
    In order to keep the learning going, we will be offering “drive-through” library services on Wednesday, April 1st.  If you would like to learn more or to request a book, email Mrs. Carroll at julie.carroll@sanpasqualunion.net with “Book Request” in the subject line. 

    Mental Health Supports for Students
    In addition to academic supports, families inquired about mental health supports for students.  If your child is struggling emotionally, please let me know and I will connect them with a counselor.  Also, our local health and human services department offers many resources.  Learn more by clicking here. 

    Community Supports
    In a touching show of support that exemplifies our San Pasqual Union School community, some of our discussion centered on helping others, including families in need, children at San Pasqual Academy, and local businesses.  When connecting with our liaisons to families and the Academy, we were happy to learn that current resources are meeting their needs.  For those seeking to support local businesses, attached is a list suggested by the Escondido Rotary Club.  I will post the list to the Nextdoor site should families wish to add more via the comment section.       
     
    Thank you for your ongoing support during these difficult times and, despite your own challenges, keeping your hearts open to support others.  Please take care of yourselves and I hope you can join me for “Virtual Coffee” on Thursday. 

     

    Sincerely, 

     

    Mark Burroughs, Superintendent/Principal



    #saintssoar
    #togetherapart

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  • March 20, 2020

     

    Dear San Pasqual Families,

     

    Earlier this week, California Governor Gavin Newsom shared that schools may not reopen this school year. While he has since qualified this statement, the reality remains that no one knows for sure when our schools, including the Little School in the Valley, will actually reopen.  At this time, our scheduled return date remains April 14th.  However, it is more accurate to tell you that our return date is undetermined.  We will continue to monitor the situation and provide regular updates along the way.

    While we are uncertain how long this closure will last, what we do know if that we will continue to do everything in our power to support our children and to maintain the continuity of learning.  The Crisis Management Information page on our website contains distance learning resources and activities prepared by your child’s teacher(s) along with information on student meals, childcare, and disease prevention.  At this point, your child’s teacher(s) should have communicated with you to discuss plans and supports for at-home learning during school closure.  If you need any assistance getting connected with your child’s teacher(s), I would be happy to assist.     

    As a parent, I know how difficult and disconcerting this time can be, especially in light of the Governor’s recent “stay at home” order.  While challenging for us all, I’m optimistic that by sticking together as a community and observing the restrictions and following basic health practices, we will get through these troubling times, stronger and more resilient as a result. 

    Take care of one another and I will continue to communicate regularly as we know more. 

     

    Sincerely, 

     

    Mark Burroughs, Superintendent/Principal



    #togetherapart
    #saintssoar

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  • March 17, 2020

     

    Dear San Pasqual Families,

     

    During these difficult and unsettling times, our teaching staff has been hard at work putting together resources to continue and create learning opportunities for your child.  Please go to our "Crisis Management Information" page (https://www.sanpasqualunion.net/site/Default.aspx?PageID=2319) and click on "Distance Learning Resources" to access this content.    

    Please know at this time we do not wish to impose additional burdens on our families.  Rather, our hope is to create some degree of normalcy for our students and families as kids continue to learn.  As such, the information provided should be considered optional and is to be utilized at parent/guardian discretion. 

    Although the school remains closed, teachers and other school staff will continue to regularly check and respond to email so please feel free to contact us (https://www.sanpasqualunion.net/Page/2194) should you have questions or need assistance.     

    The situation remains fluid so we will continue to update you as new information comes available.  In the meantime, stay safe and take care of one another. 

     

    Sincerely, 

     

    Mark Burroughs, Superintendent/Principal

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  • March 13, 2020

     

    Dear San Pasqual Families,

     

    Out of an abundance of caution, and in consultation with local public health, San Pasqual Union School will close in order to curb the potential transmission of the coronavirus (COVID-19). Our school will be closed starting Monday, March 16th, and is anticipated to reopen on April 14th.  While school remains closed, children should stay home.  We understand this action may pose added hardship for some of our families but feel these actions are now necessary in light of the global pandemic. 

    While your student(s) remains home, we encourage you to continue practicing good hygiene, which includes:

    •    Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. If soap and water are not available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer.
    •    Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.
    •    Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
    •    Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash.
    •    Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces.
    •    Get vaccinated for the flu is you have not already

    If you feel for any reason your child may have or has been exposed to the novel coronavirus, please contact your doctor immediately. Virus symptoms can range from mild to severe and could include fever, cough, and shortness of breath. Symptoms may appear in a few as two days or as long as 14 days after exposure.

    San Pasqual Union School is in the process of determining the best course of action for students to continue learning while the school is closed.  We will be sharing those options with you in the near future.  In the meantime, we will remain in close contact with the San Diego County Office of Education and local public health officials throughout the duration of this closure and will provide updates to families as appropriate.

    We encourage you to stay informed of the situation by regularly checking updates from San Diego  County Public Health Services and the Centers for Disease Control (CDC).

    We understand this is a time of uncertainty and concern. We will work through this together to keep our students, families, staff, and community safe.

    If you have any questions, please contact me or Mrs. Lee. Thank you for your cooperation and support.

     

    Sincerely, 

    Mark Burroughs, Superintendent/Principal

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