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March 24, 2020

Dear Loma Portal Families,

As Principals in the Point Loma Cluster we are committed to sharing as much information as possible with our community during this difficult time. The purpose of this letter is to update you on the work that has taken place during the last week as well as what to expect in the upcoming days.

Our first step as a district was to address the health and safety needs of our children. The district developed strategies to insure food distribution was conducted in a safe and orderly manner. Multiple locations were opened during the last week to serve families in need and continue to be developed as the need increases. 

Our attention was concurrently focused on supporting our student’s academic needs. Our SDUSD team worked to provide a list of enrichment activities which could be facilitated at home with independence.  Phase one of home learning was intended to keep students' minds active with engaging activities that can be used anytime.  It will continue to be a valuable supplement to learning moving forward. If you have not done so already, please take a moment to follow this link to view a list of enrichment activities:


The resources are designed to engage and enrich. Basically, keeping our students' minds active during this time. Your student will not be graded based upon their completion of this work. This phase was designed to be an immediate response and was never intended as a long-term solution.

The San Diego Unified School District has been exploring options for how distance learning may be offered to students in the event the school closures extend beyond April 6th. Principals have been told we will have a better understanding of what the future may hold for this topic shortly. 

Our district has developed a website with detailed information on how to help your students continue to learn, where to find food assistance, and how to keep your family safe. Please continue to visit this website for the latest information related to school closures:


The Point Loma Cluster Schools value vertical alignment and consistent communication. We will keep our parents updated via our school messenger, school website and eBlast tools as more information becomes available. Thank you for your continued support and patience during these times. Our community spirit is part of what makes us strong. That spirit will help us all get through these challenging times together.


Rebecca Vogel - Cabrillo Elementary
Jonathan McDade - Correia Middle
Scott Irwin - Dana Middle
Tanya McMillin - Dewey Elementary
Mark Morici - Loma Portal Elementary
Marco Drapeau - Ocean Beach Elementary
Hans Becker - Point Loma High
Maria Vidal-Fowler - Silver Gate Elementary
Melanie Baier - Sunset View Elementary


March 13, 2020

The San Diego Unified School District will close all schools effective Monday, March 16. With suspected community spread of coronavirus (COVID-19) in San Diego County, it has been determined that closing all schools is a prudent public health and safety measure we hope will help slow the spread of this virus. Classes will resume Monday, April 6, unless conditions call for an extended closure. 

This decision was not made lightly, and it is understood that this order significantly impacts our families and stakeholders. We know our schools build and foster community for students, staff, families, and neighbors throughout San Diego. The district is working diligently to develop specific measures to ease the burden on San Diego Unified’s students, families and employees:

·        San Diego Unified, in collaboration with community partners, is committed to ensuring a nutritious breakfast and lunch remain available to students who rely on school meals. We are developing a drive-thru/walk-up daily meal distribution service at designated schools to be posted on our coronavirus COVID-19 website. The health and well-being of our students is our top priority, and we want to do our part to keep students well fed.

·        We are working with community organizations and districts across the state to provide learning opportunities to students during the closure. We will post information on our website with educational resources by content area and grade level.

·        The district understands that many working parents will need child care, and we are working with community partners to offer safe and supervised settings for children to gather.

·        Additional details about these programs will be communicated to families through School Messenger.         

In addition to the above actions, public health experts continue to emphasize the critical importance of adjusting personal behavior. Wash hands frequently with warm water and soap for 20 seconds and regularly clean frequently touched surfaces (e.g., door knobs, phones). When soap and water are not available, use hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol. At home, try to avoid relying on older relatives or those with underlying health conditions to care for young children who may expose them to the virus.

District staff will remain available to answer questions, and any new information will be shared quickly on the district’s new informational website. Together, we can all help slow the spread of this pandemic to protect those among us who are most vulnerable to this virus.

For information on suggested OPTIONAL instructional resources for your child during this hiatus, check out our district's Instructional Resources page located HERE or contact your child's teacher directly.  You can access a large database of free instructional resources HERE as well. Feel free to contact me if you have any questions - mmorici@sandi.net.  Looking forward to seeing you all soon!  --Principal Mark Morici

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