Community Message 12-21-20

December 21, 2020

Dear San Pasqual Families and Staff,

As we near the end of a tumultuous 2020, I want to take a moment to thank you for responsibly partnering with us through these difficult circumstances.  We have asked a lot of our families and school staff this past year as we’ve worked to mitigate the risks of COVID-19 while recognizing the urgent need to return our children to on-campus learning.  

To date, our on-campus protocols, including screening, masking, distancing, cleaning, sanitizing, cohorting, and quarantining, have been effective as there has been no evidence suggesting any on-campus spread of the virus.  San Pasqual Union School remains one of the few schools in our area to successfully open and stay open despite the surging cases of COVID-19 in our region.  I am so very proud of the parents, guardians, students, teachers, and school staff that made that possible.  We thank you all for your support through this process and your continued flexibility as we move forward together.   

Many schools across our region closed campuses to in-person learning due to a lack of adequate staffing.  In an effort to prevent that from happening at San Pasqual Union, we are soliciting school community members to serve as part-time substitutes or “essential volunteers” to fill in (if and as needed) for teachers or classified staff.  If your schedule is flexible and you may be interested in a part-time substitute or volunteer position, please contact me at

Finally, in furtherance of our efforts to keep our school open and to protect the health of all those in our school community, we urge all our families to make safe, smart choices over this holiday break.  As reflected in the attached “Guidance for Celebrating Winter Holidays During the COVID-19 Pandemic,” we encourage everyone to wash hands frequently, avoid close contact with others, stay home if sick, wear a facial covering when in public, and limit both gatherings and non-essential travel.  Let’s all do our part to keep school open and our community safe.  

I wish you all a healthy and happy holiday season and look forward to welcoming you all back to school on January 6th.  Until then, be safe and stay well. 


Mark Burroughs, Superintendent/Principal

Guidance for Celebrating Winter Holiday During the COVID-19 Pandemic