Poway Unified School District (PUSD)
School Reopening

Poway Unified School District staff have been working within and across departments as well as with Poway School Employees Association (PSEA) and Poway Federation of Teachers (PFT), to develop plans to safely and effectively reopen our schools. The San Diego County Public Health Order issued on June 9, 2020 communicated that schools may reopen on June 12, 2020.

The Poway Unified Reopening Committee recommends providing two learning models for the 2020-21 school year. One being on campus learning with health and safety protocols in place based on state and county guidelines. The other being a virtual learning model. The PUSD Virtual Learning Academy is different from distance learning, and would allow students to learn from home with highly structured daily interaction with their teacher online.

Option 1: On Campus Learning
Daily "in-person classroom learning" for students. Schools will retain their pre-existing semester, trimester, quarter schedules. Daily, rigorous and engaging instruction will be provided by a classroom teacher to meet the academic, social and emotional needs of our world class learners.  We will follow CA Department of Public Health guidance such as providing daily temperature checks, keeping ill students or staff at home until they are well, providing hand sanitizer stations located in common areas, adjusted on campus schedules within the school day for optimal physical distancing, and strongly encouraging face coverings (required for staff), good hygiene and classroom physical distancing as possible. While closely following the CA Department of Public Health guidance, we cannot guarantee strict adherence for all of our students at all times. Please view some of the general school site health and safety measures that will be in place.  More detailed site specific plans are still being developed. 

Option 2: Virtual Learning Academy
Students receive daily "virtual classroom learning" from their home. Instruction will be provided by the virtual classroom teacher via rigorous live and recorded lessons, offline learning, rich learning opportunities for students to collaborate with their online classroom community. Tailored instruction, small groups and 1:1 support will be provided to meet the academic, social and emotional needs of our world class learners. Students will be following a virtual bell time schedule to attend live instruction and required classroom conversations. Students will receive letter grades for middle school and high school credit as they would while on campus and elementary students will receive a standards-based progress report. Daily attendance is required. Virtual Classrooms are organized by feeder pattern and/or by regions to support families, students and staff in the Virtual Learning Academy program. You can view sample schedules below.

Please note existing learning options through our Alternative Programs will continue.  Home school options for students in grades TK-8 are available through our Poway Home Education Program (PHEP).  In this program, parents are provided with District curriculum and instructional materials to teach their child. PHEP teachers meet regularly with the student and parent to monitor progress and support learning.  The District's independent study program, New Directions, is available to students in grades 6-12.  In this model, students take one or two courses at a time and meet weekly with their teacher to review prior assignments and receive lessons for the upcoming week.  New Directions has an onsite Learning Center, located at Twin Peaks Center, where students can receive specialized support for their classes.  Although most of the New Directions curriculum is independent, there are some face-to-face classes and labs, particularly in the subjects of math and science.  Finally, we will continue to offer Poway Virtual Courses to our secondary students, regardless of the learning model they choose.  Poway Virtual Courses are online courses that students may choose to take.  These courses are offered on a trimester basis, are taught by Poway USD teachers, and serve students from around the district.  Due to limited availability of these courses, student enrollment is determined by lottery, with preference given to seniors needing the course to graduate.   https://www.powayusd.com/en-US/Departments/Alternative-Programs/ALTERNATIVE-PROGRAMS

A parent survey will be sent out in July, asking parents to select and commit to a learning model for their individual children for the 2020-21 school year.

Below you can find the reopening plan slide presentation, accompanied by a video explanation from the June 25 Board of Education meeting (01:46:04 to 01:58:07). This presentation was a high level overview, so please review the Frequently Asked Questions as well. The FAQ includes more detailed information on health and safety protocols and specifics around both options.

Also, as information changes or is updated, we will add the very latest to this page. Thank you for your patience as we continue to plan for the reopening of schools in these uncertain times.

View the slide presentation here: 

School Reopening 2020-2021 PowerPoint y en Español aquí

General Health & Safety Measures (on campus learning):

Click here to view the guidelines for school sites (keep in mind these are continuously evolving)

View Frequently Asked Questions here:

School Reopening FAQs y Preguntas frecuentes en Español aquí

Sample Schedules (virtual learning academy only):

PUSD Virtual Learning Academy Framework

View the Board presentation video below:


If you have additional questions that were not answered in the FAQs, please submit them on this form. While we cannot answer every question individually, we will be updating our FAQs with additional answers based on the questions we receive.

District Office Reopening:



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