COVID-19 Update for Parents and Guardians – May 22, 2020
From Gregory A. Franklin, Ed.D., Superintendent
Tustin Unified School District
This has been a truly unprecedented time for all of us and the Tustin Unified School District wants to thank you for your patience and understanding as we worked through the many details related to the COVID-19 pandemic. It’s hard to believe the end of the school year is next week.
Monday, May 25, is Memorial Day (holiday) and the last day of school is Thursday, May 28.
As a reminder to parents, elementary school principals are coordinating with each of their classroom teachers to select a time for the students in their class to drive through the school parking lot in order to pick up any personal items left in their classroom. Middle and high school principals are coordinating with 8th graders and 12th graders for collection of their locker belongings. Students in grades 6, 7, 9, 10 and 11 will collect their belongings upon physical return to schools in the 2020-21 school year. TUSD wishes you and your family a happy, safe and healthy summer.
Grab-and-Go Meals Continue in June and July
Good news for TUSD students and parents! Due to the USDA extending its National School Lunch waivers, the Tustin Unified School District will continue providing Grab-and-Go breakfast and lunch meals throughout the summer at
- Robert Heideman Elementary School, 15571 Williams Street
- Columbus Tustin Middle School, 17952 Beneta Way;
- A.G. Currie Middle School, 1401 Sycamore Avenue
- Tustin High School, 1171 El Camino Real
Here is the Grab-and-Go meals schedule for the coming months:
- Monday, May 25 – No meal service due to the Memorial Day holiday.
May 26 through 28 – 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. (Monday, Tuesday and Thursday)
On Tuesdays and Thursdays, students receive four meals – two for the current day and two for the next day.
- June 1 through July 29, Monday and Wednesday – 9 a.m. to 11 a.m.
On Mondays, students receive four meals (two breakfasts and two lunches) – two for the current day and two for the next day. On Wednesdays, students receive six meals (three breakfasts and three lunches) – two for the current day and four for the next two days.
The meals are provided at no cost to all children 18 years and younger (it is not necessary for them to be in the free and reduced lunch program). Service is set up as a drive-thru style for pickup; however, walk-ups are accepted.
For more information, call the TUSD Nutrition Services Department at (714) 730-7301, extension 396.
Pandemic EBT Benefits Program
In response to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, California has a new program that will allow families who qualify for free and reduced meals to receive an additional $365 per child on a Coronavirus Pandemic Electronic Benefit Transfer (P-EBT) card, according to the TUSD Nutrition Services Department.
The initiative provides assistance to families with children who are no longer able to access free or reduced-price meals due to school closures following the coronavirus outbreak. The benefits are issued in the form of a debit card which is distributed to households approved for the program. If parents have lost their jobs or wages have decreased, they may now be eligible for the P-EBT program.
Due to the current circumstances, Tustin Unified is aware that families’ financial situations may have changed and, consequently, the District is providing this information to the entire school community. Please see attached flyer for more details.
High School Graduations Update
High school seniors and their families are excited about the Tustin Unified School District planning to hold traditional graduation ceremonies during such an unusual school year. At this time, the District is still planning to hold high school graduations in early August.
Tentatively, graduations will be held on August 4, 5 and 6, with two schools per day. Below is the high school graduation schedule:
- Tuesday, August 4 – Tustin Connect at 4 p.m. and Tustin Adult School at 6 p.m.
- Wednesday, August 5 – Foothill at 10 a.m. and Beckman at 6 p.m.
- Thursday, August 6 – Hillview at 10 a.m. and Tustin at 6 p.m.
Beckman, Foothill, Hillview and Tustin graduation ceremonies will be held at Tustin High School’s Northrup Stadium, 1171 El Camino Real, Tustin. Tustin Connect and Tustin Adult School graduation ceremonies will be held in the Beckman High School Performing Arts Center, 3588 Bryan Avenue, Irvine.
The District’s high school graduation ceremonies will be conducted under the social distancing guidelines in place at that time. More information will be provided in the weeks ahead as plans are finalized.
TUSD Website COVID-19 Section
Please continue to visit the COVID-19 section on the Tustin Unified School District’s website for regular updates at https://www.tustin.k12.ca.us
Tustin Unified School District 300 South C Street Tustin, CA 92780
TEL: 714-730-7301 FAX: 714-731-5399
District Administration Office FAX: 714-832-9087
Special Education Office Monday-Friday 7:30 A.M. - 4:30 P.M.
Be safe and stay healthy