Marian Kim-Phelps, Ed.D.

Dr. Marian Kim Phelps, Ed.D., Superintendent 
Margaret Godman, Executive Assistant II to the Superintendent
(858) 521-2700


May 21, 2020

May 21, 2020

Dear PUSD,

I hope this message finds you and your family safe and well. PUSD has formed a School Re-Opening team in order to prepare for the upcoming school year. One of the first and most important questions we need your help answering is: what plans do you have if/when it is safe for our schools to begin re-opening for on-campus learning? We understand that every person has a unique situation, health status, and comfort level that we need to be ready to support. This brief, but important survey will help guide us as we consider staffing needs and design teaching and learning models, either in person in a classroom, online in a virtual classroom, or a combination of both, called Blended Learning.

We are asking that ALL families take this short survey by Tuesday, May 26 at 5pm.

We are asking ALL employees take one of the surveys below by Tuesday, May 26 at 5pm.
PFT & Certificated staff
PSEA & Classified staff
APSM & Management

The survey takes just a few minutes. If you have multiple children enrolled in the PUSD, you will need to take this survey separately for each one of your children. This will allow us to ensure that we have accurate data when trying to plan for classroom and learning configurations. It is critical that everyone is accounted for, as we know each person may have different needs.

We understand that the COVID-19 situation will continue to evolve. As such, this is the first of two surveys we will be asking you to take. The second one will be sent later this summer. 

We continue to be guided by federal, state, and county public health recommendations regarding our school re-opening. The CDC’s recent recommendations for schools included the following considerations: 

  • Will reopening be consistent with applicable state and local orders?

  • Are you able to screen students and employees for symptoms and history of exposure?

  • Is the school ready to accommodate children and employees at higher risk of serious illness?

  • Are recommended health and safety actions in place such as healthy hygiene and hand washing, employees wearing face coverings as feasible, intensified cleaning, disinfection, and ventilation, social distancing through increased spacing, and appropriate employee training?

In the meantime, thank you for your participation in our Thougthexchange survey to provide us with your distance learning feedback. Over 6,700 thoughts have been shared so far, with many common themes emerging, such as the need for consolidated learning platforms, direct instruction, more accountability and personal interaction, social-emotional support, and meaningful and consistent teaching and learning experiences across grade levels. If you haven’t already done so, you can participate here. This survey closes Sunday, May 24. We will also be sending separate, more in-depth distance learning surveys, specifically geared toward our teachers and students. Once we have collected this data, we can use it to refine and develop our future professional development and training for staff. 

In Partnership,

Marian Kim Phelps, Ed.D., Superintendent


Marian Kim Phelps, Ed.D.
(858) 521-2700

Margaret Godman
Executive Assistant II to the Superintendent
(858) 521-2703   
FAX (858) 485-1075

Amanda Marshall
Executive Assistant I to the Superintendent
(858) 521-2704

Christine Paik
Chief Communications Officer
(858) 521-2707

Olivia Schouten
Communications Specialist
(858) 521-2705

Darl Danford
Legal Support Specialist
(858) 521-2706


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