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School Closure - Distance Learning

Planning Update: 2020-2021 School Year  | May 28, 2020 

Please take a moment to listen to a video message from Newport-Mesa Unified School District Deputy Superintendent Mr. Russell Lee-Sung,  about how our district plans to address the challenge of reopening schools on August 24th. We know there are many important questions on everyone's mind and in order to keep our students and staff safe and to continue student learning, we will be developing a comprehensive plan. Check out the Planning Update: 2020-2021 School Year video to learn more about the structure of how we plan to do that.

Planning Update: 2020-2021 School Year Chart - English

Planning Update: 2020-2021 School Year Chart - Spanish

April, 29, 2020

Newport-Mesa Community,

This message is to confirm that the student start date for the 2020/2021 school year remains unchanged - the student start date is Monday, August 24, 2020. 

While there are many challenges to re-opening our schools in the fall, the good news is that there is guidance being developed at the national, state and county levels regarding the start of the upcoming school year. We have multiple staff and district leaders serving on county and state level committees to help develop guidance for re-opening schools.

More information will be provided regarding the start of the 2020/21 school year, but it is important to understand that the specifics will be determined by health conditions and orders at the time. For now, I want you to know our student start date remains unchanged, guidance and plans are being developed, and our commitment to support our students will continue.

As always, thank you for your support and understanding.

Dr. Fred Navarro
Superintendent
Newport-Mesa Unified School District

Dear Class of 2020 students and families,

High school graduation is one of the most memorable moments in life and we know how hard our students and families have worked to get to this point. The end of the 2020 school year has been quite different than what we all imagined, but we are committed to celebrate our Class of 2020 with a high quality, purposeful, and memorable graduation. 

Our District has contracted with Van Wagner Sports and Entertainment to broadcast our high school graduation ceremonies the week of June 15, 2020. This company works with the biggest sports organizations and brands in the world, including the NFL, NHL, NCAA, NBA. They recently broadcasted the 2020 NFL Draft and the University of Southern California’s 2020 commencement ceremony

The Newport-Mesa Class of 2020 ceremony broadcasts will include a live broadcast of the master of ceremonies, guest speakers, a personalized photo/video montage of our graduating seniors, and presentation of diplomas. Students also will get a virtual copy of the ceremony as a keepsake of this once-in-a-lifetime graduation experience. 

Graduations across the nation have been impacted by the current health crisis. The need to protect the health of students, staff and families health continues to be a priority, which is why we are unable to proceed with our traditional graduation ceremonies. The graduation ceremony broadcast will not be the only way we celebrate the Class of 2020. If State orders and social distancing requirements allow it, our high schools plan to celebrate seniors with an informal, in-person event later this summer. 

Thank you, seniors, for your continued patience, understanding and dedication to your education throughout the school closures; especially as you navigate the start of college, applying to jobs, and other life milestones in a world that looks very different from what you expected. We have no doubt that you will continue to do great things in your future endeavors. 

School administration will provide further information as plans are finalized.

Dear Newport-Mesa Families and Staff,

To ensure that all students have access to their education and continue to learn, the Newport-Mesa Unified School District (NMUSD) Board of Education approved an emergency resolution at the April 28th board meeting to temporarily change the grading policy and graduation requirements. 

Grading

As noted in a communication by Superintendent Dr. Fred Navarro on April 24, we acknowledge that home learning environments are unique and the hardships that teachers, students, and families face regarding access to resources and support vary. Therefore, NMUSD will temporarily change the grading policy to recognize academic efforts and minimize stress and anxiety during this time.

The decision to modify grading and graduation requirements was based on student-focused values and principles that fell into three themes (1) equity, (2) supporting the whole child and their mental health needs, and (3) do no harm grading. Each of these themes were used in consideration of the guidance provided by the California Department of Education, educational experts, higher education institutions, and input from stakeholders. 

Grading - Elementary

The temporary modified grading system for elementary students will be as follows:

  • For Trimester 3, students will continue to receive comments from teachers on their academic progress on their report cards. 
  • Numerical marks (1-4) or effort marks (O (Outstanding), S (Satisfactory) N (Needs Improvement)) will not be given.
  • Rating characteristics/behaviors for K-6 and social/emotional for TK students will not be recorded on report cards.
  • While attendance in distance is expected, absences will not be recorded on report cards. 

Grading - Secondary

The temporary modified grading system for middle and high school students will be as follows for Semester 2:

  • Students will be graded on an A-C grading scale.  
  • The middle and high school grading scale will be applied as follows:
    • A - 85-100%
    • B – 70-84%
    • C – 55-69%
    • Incomplete – 54% and below 
  • Incomplete:
    • Students unable to complete required coursework will receive an “Incomplete” mark which will allow them to make up coursework and earn a grade (A-C) and credit for the course. 
    • Incomplete work must be completed within 6 weeks of the next semester. This includes summer of 2020 through October 2, 2020. (Per Board Policy 5121).
    • If the student does not complete the coursework by the deadline, the student will receive a mark of “No Credit” rather than an “F” grade.
    • A student's GPA will not be negatively impacted with an “Incomplete” or “No Credit”.
    • A plan to support students with an “incomplete” will be collaboratively created with teachers, counselors, principals, district staff, and the Newport-Mesa Federation of Teachers (NMFT).

This system of grading also supports our secondary students’ future success and does not place students at a disadvantage in their higher education and post-secondary goals.

We continue to support student learning, while also supporting mental health needs and reducing stress and anxiety. 


Graduation Requirements

In order to better support students during the COVID-19 pandemic, the NMUSD Board of Education took action to make the following adjustments to graduation requirements for current freshmen, sophomores, juniors, and seniors (Graduation Classes of 2020, 2021, 2022, and 2023):

  • Credit requirements 
    • Credit requirements for our comprehensive high schools and Early College High School will be reduced from 230 to 220, and elective credits will be reduced from 80 to 70 credits.
    • Credit requirements in our continuation and independent study high school (Back Bay/Monte Vista High School) will be reduced from 230 to 210, and electives credits will be reduced from 80 to 60.
    • Students who choose to withdraw from an elective course during the current semester due to this change will not receive a “Withdraw Fail.”

The following modified graduation requirements will be effective immediately for the Graduation Class of 2020:

  • Senior projects will not be required for a diploma, but may continue as a required class assignment by the teacher as part of the curriculum.
  • Community Service hours will not be required for a diploma. Students may continue to submit their service hours for eligibility for other recognitions and scholarships.

Report to Board of Education (4/28/2020) - Resolution Grading/Graduation Requirements

Newport-Mesa Community,

We know that transitioning to Distance Learning has been a sudden and disruptive shift for everyone and we appreciate the teamwork and partnerships that have allowed us to find equity-based solutions that support all of our students. We know that there is and will continue to be ambiguity as we plan for these extremely unique times, but we will continue to move forward in support of continuous student learning. 

Please see below for a few updates. As a reminder, we also are expecting Board approval of an emergency resolution regarding grading and graduation requirements at their April 28 Board Meeting.  

Attendance

Starting today, Monday, April 27, 2020 teachers will begin taking student attendance during Distance Learning. Our goal while monitoring student attendance is to connect with students on a daily basis while supporting student access to learning opportunities with new grade-level content. 

To support this goal, we expect all students to fully participate in Distance Learning by attending regularly scheduled live class sessions, and completing all assigned work and projects. 

Attendance will be monitored to support students to overcome barriers that may prevent them from fully participating in their Distance Learning. Teachers will take student attendance using traditional attendance procedures during each live class session. 


Graduation/Promotion Ceremonies

District staff, activities directors -who represent the student voices, and other school site staff have met to explore alternative graduation options, keeping in line with stay-at-home orders and social distancing measures. There are multiple ideas that the group is currently reviewing and we expect to know more in the coming weeks as to what options we have to celebrate students’ accomplishments. Thank you for your patience and understanding as we work to celebrate students’ success.


2020 Summer Programs and 2020/2021 School Year

As the COVID-19 pandemic continually evolves, so does guidance and recommendations regarding how schools might operate in the summer and upcoming school year. We continue to monitor guidance and are in discussions about how we plan to proceed for summer and the upcoming school year. Please know that things are extremely fluid at this time, but we will keep you updated.

Dear Newport Mesa Families,

As we all know, the COVID-19 pandemic has impacted nearly every aspect of our daily lives. We’ve all been affected by the unprecedented actions taken to limit the spread of this novel Coronavirus and in turn limit the devastation and heartache that it has and continues to wreak. 

In order to protect students and their families and limit the spread of COVID-19, schools across the nation have had to implement distance learning.  During this shift to off-site learning, caring for the whole child continues to be our ultimate objective.  Though our teachers are putting forth a herculean effort, this learning system cannot completely replicate the instruction traditionally received in the classroom or provide the levels of support that are normally in place for students at our schools.  The inability to meet with our students in their classrooms has naturally led to heightened levels of stress for everyone.  Students in particular are experiencing raised levels of anxiety.  It is imperative, therefore, that we carefully consider how we deliver our instructional program and assess student learning.   We cannot move forward with business as usual and with traditional notions of evaluating learning or we risk causing greater harm to students in this environment.

In response to these circumstances, we will recommend to the Board a grading system for the third trimester for elementary schools and the second semester for middle and high schools that encourages student engagement in distance learning, while being designed to limit the negative impact of conditions that are out of our students’ control.  In an effort to provide a comprehensive recommendation to the Board, we consulted with teachers, principals, and parents. 

For secondary students, and as a temporary change in our practice, we recommend students be graded on the following scale: A, B, C and Incomplete.   Teachers will continue to move forward with learning, introduce new material to students and assess student work using a variety of measures of learning as a mechanism to give students feedback about their progress.  Secondary students will be issued a grade as described for participating and completing assignments in distance learning and we will take into consideration each individual’s circumstances.  If a student does not participate in distance learning sessions and assignments, they may be issued an Incomplete for the semester and will be provided the opportunity to complete the course soon after the semester ends. 

We are also asking our Board to consider adjusting graduation requirements for our current high school students.  For our comprehensive high schools, including Early College High School, we recommend a reduction in credits from 230 to 220.  To achieve this goal, required elective credits will drop from 80 credits to 70 credits.  In our continuation and independent study high school, we recommend that the Board reduce credits from 230 to 210, electives credits from 80 to 60.  Our recommendation also stipulates that students who choose to withdraw from an elective course at this time due to this change will not receive a “Withdraw Fail” as indicated in current Board policy.  Finally, for all current high school students we recommend Community Service Hours not be required for a diploma. Students may continue to submit their service hours for eligibility for other recognitions and scholarships.  Additionally, Senior Projects for current students will not be required for a diploma, but may continue as a required class assignment by the teacher as part of the curriculum.

A recommendation will also be submitted to the Board regarding elementary school grades.  For trimester three, we propose that elementary students receive comments for their academic progress on their report cards. Numerical marks (1-4) and effort marks (O-S-N) will not be given.  Rating characteristics/behaviors for K-6, social/emotional for Transitional Kindergarten (TK) and listing absences for all TK-6 students will not be recorded on report cards. Participation and completion of work expectations are also expectations of elementary grade students.  

I would like to emphasize that many students and their families are dealing with circumstances during this pandemic that will directly affect, through no fault of their own, their academic performance.  With the closure of all non-essential operations across the community, unemployment rates have skyrocketed and many, many families are impacted.  If a family member is suddenly unemployed, there will be struggles to pay rent, bills and provide basic necessities for the family.  We see evidence of this as unemployment application rates have hit historical highs and by the incredible demands being placed on food banks.  Additionally, families may also have individuals who are considered to be at a high-risk of contracting COVID-19.  In these homes there is a constant worry that family members who are essential workers may endanger those at home who are high-risk individuals.  This can be a heavy load for adults to carry, but even more so for our students.  These stresses and the anxieties will undoubtedly have a detrimental impact on their performance in our distance learning courses.

At the same time we are obligated to keep students on their current path and we do not want to impact students who stand to benefit from grades on their transcripts.  Our recommendation ensures that all students are treated fairly because it will benefit all students, disadvantage none and cause no harm as outlined by California Department of Education COVID-19 emergency guidelines.  While we believe that we can provide meaningful feedback to students in our distance learning, assessing student learning in this environment is a challenge and will be different than the formats we employed in the regular classroom.  This grading system, therefore, will keep those who seek to improve or maintain their achievement levels engaged in learning and provide a path so that all students are able to pass their classes.

I am fully aware that this grading policy would not be one chosen by everyone. Rest assured, however, that we have invested a great deal of time and energy to thoroughly analyze how to move forward under these difficult circumstances.  We have also carefully studied the recommendations from the California Department of Education and reviewed the policies crafted in other districts in Orange County and throughout the State of California. What is clear is that students and families, due to a multitude of pressures, are under duress during this pandemic and that now is not the time to exacerbate stress and anxiety in our schools.  Further, for too many students, academic performance will be impacted by a lack of available support and access to resources--issues that, again, may be out of their control.   

Keeping all this in mind, we have faith that the policies we have outlined will encourage students to focus on learning during this health crisis and that it is in their best interest to provide a grading policy that supports students in their continued learning this semester.  

Your understanding and support is always appreciated, especially in these very trying times.  

Until we are once again able to regain a sense of normalcy and resume school-based learning, please stay safe, stay healthy, and be well.  
 

Sincerely,

Dr. Fred Navarro
Superintendent

Welcome back from Spring Break! I hope you all had a restful week. As we continue with Distance Learning, I want to remind you all of a goal I set for us this school year - to Raise the Bar. 

At the 2019 State of the Schools Breakfast event earlier this school year, I announced that we would Raise the Bar for all students -- meaning that we have high expectations for students to perform at high levels, regardless of the barriers in their path. Having moved to Distance Learning does not lessen that mission for us - we will continue to Raise the Bar for all students. I trust that we are all up to the challenge. 

We understand the difficulties many are going through and we remain committed to continued student progress. In addition to the Distance Learning program, we also provide school counseling services, mental health and wellness supports, grab-and-go meals, Chromebooks and connectivity supports, and other services as well.

Please see below for a few updates as we continue to maintain high expectations and support for all students during Distance Learning. 

Attendance

Student attendance and participation in Distance Learning is required. Teachers will provide new instruction for learning based on where students left off in the curriculum during in-class instruction (March 13, 2020). Teachers will determine the content of their instruction, based on grade-level content standards and student needs. 

Grading

We are analyzing grading options during Distance Learning as we consider guidance provided by the California Department of Education, Orange County Department of Education, and higher education institutions. Teachers will continue to use their current system of monitoring student progress on learning new content. Therefore, it is critical for students to fully participate in Distance Learning and complete all assigned work and projects.  

We expect everyone to be as flexible as possible. Our goal is to ensure that all students have access to their education and continue to learn as teachers deliver new content.

Graduations

We continue to explore options for high school graduations. District and school staff are collaborating on possible options, as we take into account stay-at-home orders and social distancing measures. Be assured that we are committed to celebrating students’ accomplishments.

Summer Programs

We are reviewing the status of our summer programs and will update you when we know more.

Support and Care Line: 714-424-5050

Our district launched a Support and Care Line for NMUSD parents and students to get information and support for technology, mental health, student meal service, Distance Learning and instruction, enrollment and student records. Calls are returned within 24 business hours, as necessary. Learn more at the Family Resources Webpage

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REMINDER:  SCHOOLS CLOSED - NO TRESPASSING

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More to follow...

As always, we will continue to monitor new developments in the COVID-19 pandemic and keep you updated on any new information that impacts our instructional program. Please visit the School Closure- Distance Learning webpage for additional information and resources.

On April 1, 2020, California Governor Gavin Newsom and State Superintendent of Public Instruction Tony Thurmond announced an expectation that distance learning continue through the end of the school year. Orange County Department of Education Superintendent Dr. Al Mijares also made a similar recommendation. This is part of the statewide effort to flatten the curve and reduce the spread of COVID-19.

Our district will follow these recommendations and continue with Distance Learning through the 2019/2020 school year and schools will not physically re-open until further notice.

We remain committed to support our students' needs, providing Distance Learning, school counseling services, mental health and wellness supports, grab-and-go meals, Chromebooks and connectivity supports, as well as other services.

Among other things, we also are currently exploring:

  • Options to ensure that high school seniors are on track to graduate
  • Options for end of year activities, including graduations
  • An agreement that the Governor mentioned between the State of California and California universities to waive certain requirements for admissions.  

Spring Recess & Student Meals:

As a reminder, next week (April 6-10) is Spring recess and no instruction will be occurring. However, student meals will continue. Beginning April 6, breakfast meals will be provided with each lunch. Learn more at the Student Meals webpage

Thank you:

Our teachers and staff have done an incredible job navigating this difficult situation and we appreciate everyone’s understanding and support as we continue to prepare our students for future success. We know this is a lot of work for our staff, students and parents, but please know that we are all in this together and we are here to support you.

As always, we will continue to diligently monitor the situation and keep you informed of any updates. You also may visit the School Closure- Distance Learning webpage for additional information and resources.

At its Board of Education meeting on March 31, 2020, the Newport-Mesa Unified School District Board of Education took action to extend Distance Learning through May 29. As of now, schools are expected to reopen on Monday, June 1, 2020. Please know that this date is subject to change, even through the remainder of the 2019-2020 school year. 

We will continue to diligently monitor the situation and keep you informed of any updates.

Distance Learning 

Now that Distance learning is underway and entering week two, there will be a shift to greater levels of instructional interaction between teachers and students, and available resources. With the extension to May 29, teachers will plan new instruction for learning based on where students left off in the curriculum during in-class instruction. Teachers will have flexibility to determine the content of their instruction, based on grade level standards and student needs.

Please keep in mind that beyond the instruction provided by teachers, there are multiple learning opportunities available in the NMUSD Distance Learning Toolkit

There are many intricacies with Distance Learning that make a few areas a bit more challenging to support, but we will work through them and do all we can to provide the best instruction possible for all our students. Teachers will be in contact with parents and students regarding specifics of “classroom” instruction and expectations. We very much appreciate your ongoing patience and flexibility as our schools work toward making the most of Distance Learning.

Technology Access

WiFi resources:

  • ATT: English - 855.220.5211; Spanish - 855.220.5225
  • Spectrum: Spectrum Internet Assist Program
  • Charter: 844-488-8395
  • Comcast: English - 855-846-8376; Spanish - 855-765-6995

To request an eligibility letter confirming free-reduced lunch, to obtain free or discounted services, please email the following information to campuscatering@nmusd.us:

  • Student’s name(s)
  • Student ID number or date of birth
  • Name of guardian requesting the letter

Meals

Free student lunches will continue to be available, for pick-up only, from 11 am to 12:30 pm., Monday through Friday. Lunches may be picked up at the front of select schools. Lunch is limited to one per student. Lunches also will be provided during spring recess (April 3-6). For additional information and a list of participating schools, visit the Student Meals Webpage.

Social/Emotional Support

Resources and support for students and families related to mental health, housing, food, suicide prevention, and substance abuse will continue. If families need additional mental health and wellness resources, contact the Support and Care phone number at 714-424-7538.

Support & Care Resources for Students & Families (English) 

Thank You

We know the huge change this has been for everyone and we continue to be grateful for our school community as we navigate this challenging time together. As things continue to evolve, we know it can be frustrating for all of us, however, we will continue to update you as more information becomes available. 

We also cannot stress enough how important it is for families to remain at home except for essential activities, until further notice from our local health department and government officials.

Once again, thank you all.

3/30/2020

At the March 31 Board of Education Meeting, Superintendent Dr. Fred Navarro will recommend to the Board of Education that Distance Learning continue until May 8, with classes tentatively scheduled to return to the classroom on May 11.

Now that Distance learning is underway and entering week two, there will be a shift to greater levels of instructional interaction between teachers and students, and available resources. With the anticipated extension to May 8, teachers will plan new instruction for learning based on where students left off in the curriculum during in-class instruction. Teachers will have flexibility to determine the content of their instruction, based on grade level standards and student needs.

Please keep in mind that beyond the instruction provided by teachers, there are multiple learning opportunities available in the NMUSD Distance Learning Toolkit

There are many intricacies with Distance Learning that make a few areas a bit more challenging to support, but we will work through them and do all we can to provide the best instruction possible for all our students. Teachers will be in contact with parents and students regarding specifics of “classroom” instruction and expectations.  

We very much appreciate your ongoing patience and flexibility as our schools work toward making the most of Distance Learning.

 

Video Update to Newport-Mesa Community

Dear Newport-Mesa Community, 

We want to extend a heartfelt thank you to you for your ongoing understanding and flexibility during this unique and unprecedented time. We want to encourage our community to pause, slow down, and check-in with family, friends and loved ones, as the information regarding this situation has been changing by the hour. The Newport-Mesa Community is a very special place and I know that we will get through this together.

As you likely know, Governor Newsom issued a “stay-at-home” order on March 19 to prevent the spread of COVID-19. At this time, the order does not change or impact our role as educational providers, as we are delivering essential services, such as Distance Learning and student meals. We continue on a path forward to provide Distance Learning for our students starting the week of March 23.

Please see below for documents with updates regarding our plan to begin Distance Learning for students next week and see below for other updates. 


Distance Learning: Student & Parent Orientation
(See details in links below)

  • Monday, March 23, 2020 
  • Tuesday, March 24, 2020

Distance Learning: Student & Parent Orientation - English

Distance Learning: Student & Parent Orientation - Spanish


STUDENT MEALS - List of Participating Schools

To provide better service to areas of greater need, we will continue to provide student meals at the following 16 schools:

  • Adams Elementary | 2850 Club House Road, Costa Mesa, CA 92626
  • College Park Elementary| 2380 Notre Dame Road, Costa Mesa, CA 92626
  • Kaiser Elementary | 2130 Santa Ana Avenue, Costa Mesa, CA 92627
  • Killybrooke Elementary | 3155 Killybrooke Ln., Costa Mesa, CA 92626 
  • Newport Heights Elementary | 300 E. 15th Street, Newport Beach, CA 92663
  • Paularino Elementary | 1060 Paularino, Costa Mesa , CA 92626 
  • Pomona Elementary | 2051 Pomona Avenue, Costa Mesa, CA 92627
  • Rea Elementary | 661 Hamilton Street, Costa Mesa, CA 92627
  • Sonora Elementary | 966 Sonora Road, Costa Mesa, CA 92626
  • Victoria Elementary | 1025 Victoria Street, Costa Mesa, CA 92627
  • Whittier Elementary |1800 Whittier Avenue, Costa Mesa, CA 92627 
  • Wilson Elementary | 801 Wilson Street, Costa Mesa, CA 92627
  • TeWinkle Intermediate | 3224 California Avenue, Costa Mesa, CA 92626 
  • Corona del Mar High School | 2101 Eastbluff Drive, Newport Beach, CA 92660
  • Costa Mesa High School | 2650 Fairview Road, Costa Mesa, CA 92626
  • Estancia High School |2323 Placentia Avenue, Costa Mesa, CA 92627

Students from any school can pick up grab-and-go lunch at any of these sites, from 11:00 am to 12:30 pm, Monday through Friday. Lunch is limited to one per student.

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

Please review the list of Frequently Asked Questions, check your email and the School Closure Webpage for updates and helpful information.  

Thank you
Dr. Fred NavarroSuperintendent
Newport-Mesa Unified School District

We are following up with you regarding the status of the closure of our schools, which will remain closed through April 3, with spring recess as scheduled April 6-10. 

It is important for everyone to continue to follow the health guidelines, including the social distancing measures, to reduce the transmission of the virus and help reduce the burden on our health care system, which is why Newport-Mesa Unified School District (NMUSD) made the decision to dismiss schools. 

Please know that this is a fluid situation and the following information could change as we move forward. For now, we expect to launch Distance Learning the week of March 23. See below for responses to frequently asked questions. 

Frequently Asked Questions

As you know these are unprecedented times and this is a fluid situation, so please be diligent about checking your email and phone as the current plan for school dismissal may change.

I want to extend a heartfelt thank you to the Newport-Mesa Community for your ongoing understanding and flexibility during this unique and unprecedented time. We want to encourage our community to pause, slow down, and check-in with family, friends and loved ones, as the information regarding this situation has been changing by the hour. The Newport-Mesa Community is a very special place and I know that we will get through this together. 

Student Learning (for now)

We are currently in the process of collaboratively creating a cohesive distance learning program that will meet the needs of all of our learners. In the meantime, we created an NMUSD Distance Learning Toolkit to enrich students' learning opportunities while we finalize our Distance Learning Program. Please review the toolkit link below. 

NMUSD Learning Toolkit

Technology and Internet Access

We want to know about your level of technology and internet access at home. We ask parents to please take this questionnaire on any electronic device no later than 4 pm Thursday, March 19th.  

Technology Access Survey

Please note that staff will be following up with parents that don’t respond to ensure that they have the appropriate technology.

Ongoing Communication 

We will continue to keep you informed with ongoing messages and updates from our district and site principals. In addition, please continue to check our website at www.nmusd.us

We realize that coping with an abrupt change like this presents an extraordinary challenge for all of us and that it would not be possible without your steadfast patience and trust in our efforts. Given the rapidly evolving nature of this crisis, we cannot be certain about the weeks ahead, but we know that together we will do our absolute best for our students!

-Superintendent Dr. Fred Navarro

Thank you for your support and understanding as we navigate our response to this unprecedented coronavirus (COVID-19).

Due to new and rapidly changing information, Newport-Mesa Unified School District has decided to close all District operations, except for a few essential operations. Therefore, the start for Distance Learning for students is yet to be determined. 

Student lunches will continue to be available at all schools, for pick-up only, from 11:00 am to 12:30 pm., Monday through Friday. Lunches may be picked up at the front of all schools. Lunch is limited to one per student. 

We continue to monitor the situation and are working diligently as we navigate through this. We will update you once we know more. Thank you for your patience and understanding. 

Student Meals Information

Dear Newport-Mesa Community, 

The Newport-Mesa Unified School District Board of Education took action today to prevent a COVID-19 spread into our schools and made the following difficult decisions. These decisions were made during a special emergency Board Meeting today, and in consultation with the Orange County Department of Education.

  • District Schools and Offices Closed: Monday, March 16, 2020  No students or staff report to school/work (with the exception of management and administrative staff, or at the direction of your supervisor)
  • School Dismissed: March 17 - April 3, 2020  Students do not report to school; All staff reports to work as usual
  • Anticipated Distance Learning: March 20 - April 3, 2020   All staff reports to work as usual; Students learn from home.  Spring break remains unaffected, April 6-10, 2020
  • As of now, all students are expected to return to school on April 13, 2020.

Staff will work on finalizing plans and training to move to distance learning. We ask parents/guardians to make the rest of the arrangements for their student(s) to stay home during this time.

  • Anticipated Distance Learning (March 20 - April 3, 2020)
    We anticipate implementing a Distance Learning Plan (DLP) March 20 - April 3, 2020. Staff reports to work; students learn from home. While distance learning is new and different for many of us, it is essential in continuing students’ education at this time of great uncertainty. 
    Schools will share additional information regarding distance learning as soon as possible. 
     
  • Meals (UPDATED 3/14/2020)

    Free student lunches are available, for pick-up only, from 11 am to 12:30 pm., Monday through Friday. Lunches may be picked up at the front of the schools, as noted below. Lunch is limited to one per student. 

    Monday, March 16:
    Student lunches will be available at California, Kaiser, Killybrooke, Paularino, Pomona, Sonora, Whittier and Wilson Elementary Schools. 

    Tuesday, March 17 - April 3:
    Student lunches will be available at all schools.

Please know that we are mindful of the challenges for a number of our families, the disruption of routines, and the technological and logistical challenges of implementing a distance learning plan. However, the health and safety of our school community has been, and will continue to be our number one priority. This decision is made out of great respect for our schools community. Please give our schools and District time to plan accordingly and know that our schools will reach out to parents next week with additional information.

Dr. Fred Navarro

Superintendent

Newport-Mesa Unified School District

Contact Us

Support and Care Line: (714) 424-5050

feedback@nmusd.us

Distance Learning Resources

Student Meals

Free student lunches are available for, pick-up only, from 11 am to 12:30 pm., Monday through Friday. Lunches may be picked up at the front of select NMUSD schools. Lunch is limited to one per student. Learn more at on the Student Meals Webpage .