The Tustin Unified School District welcomed approximately 23,400 students for the 2019-20 school year. The first day of school wasTuesday, Aug. 13.
During the year, Tustin Unified will continue to focus on student achievement, student wellness, quality facilities, highly qualified employees, fiscal responsibility and parent/community partnerships.
Among this year's changes and additions, full-day kindergarten is being offered at all TUSD elementary schools, the District's Spanish Dual Language Immersion Program has moved to Jeane Thorman Elementary School, Hillview High School has been relocated to the former Veeh School campus and construction has begun on the new state-of-the art middle and high school, Legacy Magnet Academy, which will open in August 2020.
Additionally, the TUSD Kindergarten Readiness Program has expanded with half-day preschool classes at Guin Foss and Tustin Ranch elementary schools, and a full-day preschool class at Hicks Canyon Elementary School.
Several administrators joined TUSD or moved to new sites for the 2019-20 school year. New or newly assigned principals are Ashly McNamara at Benjamin Beswick Elementary School, Dr. Dustin O'Malley at Ladera Elementary School, Shannon James at W.R. Nelson Elementary School, Mindy Smith at Orchard Hills School, Rafael Plascencia at A.G. Currie Middle School, Erick Fineberg at Tustin Connect K-12 Online School and Dr. Jennifer Harrison at the new Legacy Magnet Academy opening next year.
Special dates and holidays during the 2019-20 school year include: Labor Day, Sept. 2; Veterans' Day, Nov. 11; fall recess, Nov. 25 through 29; winter recess, Dec. 23 through Jan. 3; Martin Luther King Day, Jan. 20; Lincoln Day, Feb. 10; Washington Day, Feb. 17; spring recess, March 16 through 20; and Memorial Day, May 25.
Additionally, there will be a staff development day (no students) on Oct. 4 and a teacher work day (no students) on Dec. 20.
The last day of school will be May 28 for grades K-12.
For more information, call your local school or the TUSD Communications Office at (714) 730-7339. Individuals can also follow the District on Twitter: @TUSDschools and @SuptFranklin, and Facebook: TUSDschools.