March 29 Update

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



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