December 6, 2020

Dear Carrillo Families,

Thank you for another great week of remote and in-person learning. The most recent announcement from the Governor did not change our status for offering in-person learning. Schools that have already opened can remain open, despite the recent uptick in cases. I’m happy to report that we will continue with our current model.

If your family is experiencing hardships due to the pandemic, please feel free to contact our School Social Worker, Martha Vargas (, or me. We have resources that can help and you and your children will remain anonymous.

Important Reminders:

Neither of the positive cases that occurred on campus led to any other infections among students or staff members. This means our procedures are working to reduce the risk of transmission on campus. Please continue to reinforce the following safety guidelines with your children to keep our community healthy. 

The Three Ws will keep us safe: Please remind your children to Wear a mask, Watch their distance from others (they should remain 6 ft away from others at all times), and Wash their hands frequently. Our greatest goal this year is to prevent any spread of the virus on campus. If all students and staff follow these rules, I'm confident we will remain safe and continue to minimize the risk of transmission on campus.

Symptom Screening: It’s also extremely important that no one is on campus if they are experiencing symptoms of COVID, tested positive, or have come in contact with anyone that has tested positive. Parents must screen their children for COVID-related symptoms each day your child attends school. Please complete the LumiSight questionnaire for each child coming to campus before you arrive at the school.

*Helpful Tip: If you are dropping your child off from your car or walking up to the gate, please have a screenshot of the LumiSight clearance badge generated after completing the screening. This allows your child to walk right onto campus.

Covid Symptoms Decision Tree:

Please review the symptom Decision Tree to be informed of the District procedures regarding COVID related symptoms:

Decision Tree chart.pdf 

It is very important that students aren’t sent to school with any COVID-related symptoms, which include:

  • Fever with or without chills/rigors (fever defined as T >100.0 that does not resolve within 30 min. without medication)
  • Cough
  • Shortness of breath
  • Nasal congestion/rhinorrhea (runny nose)
  • Sore throat
  • Nausea, vomiting, or diarrhea
  • Fatigue
  • New loss of taste/smell
  • Headache
  • Muscle or body aches
  • Poor feeding or poor appetite

If your child is experiencing any of the symptoms at school, they will be sent home. Any reported or observed symptom will require a 10-day isolation period and restriction from attending in-person learning. This isolation period can be lessened with proof of a negative COVID test. If your child receives a negative test, they may return to school 72 hours after their symptoms resolve. Our front office and health office teams are here to assist you with this process.


If your child does not attend school, even if it was a remote learning Monday, the reasons for their absence must be reported so we can determine when your child can return to school. Please call the attendance line (760) 290-2929 or complete the Attendance Reporting Form on the Carrillo Homepage.

Drop Off and Pick Up Times: **Please remember to display your dashboard signs during pickup to help increase our efficiency

AM PreK-1st- Drop Off @ 8 am-8:15 am, Pick up @ 10:45 am

PM PreK-1st Drop Off @ 12 pm-12:15 pm, Pick up @ 2:45 pm **Please do not enter the parking lot until 2:40 pm to avoid delays for 2nd-5th.


2nd-5th Grade- Drop Off @ 8:15 am- 8:45 am **Please do not enter the parking lot until 8:15 am to avoid delays for kinder-1st.

2nd-5th Pick up @ 2:25 pm **Try to arrive early or at least before 2:40 pm to avoid the kinder-1st queue. 2nd-grade is picked up at the KOC lot, 3rd-5th in the main lot.

2nd-5th graders can also use the back gate for walking to and from school or pick up from the Leo Carrillo Ranch parking lot.

Flag Salutes/Awards

Monday, December 7th

3rd-grade- 8:30 am

4th-grade- 9:00 am

5th-grade- 9:30 am

Giving Tree

Thank you to the families that have signed up to provide donations to the Carrillo Elementary  "Giving Tree" this Holiday Season. Your donations will help our very own Carrillo families in need.

There are still some donation slots available, click on the link below if your family would like to participate.

Don’t forget to drop off your donations in the office, in the blue snowflake wrapped box labeled “Giving Tree Donations”. 

All donations are requested to be dropped off no later than Friday 11 December, so the PTO committee can wrap the gifts and our social worker can deliver them to the families.

Thank you in advance for your generosity!

SignUpGenius link is below to donate and support Carrillo Families during this Holiday Season!

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Video Resource for Parents from our School Social Workers

Please enjoy our 4th video in the “Parenting in a Pandemic” series, brought to you by SMUSD school social workers. Supplemental resources are also included and all information is provided in both English and Spanish. 

This short episode is approximately 5 minutes and focuses on developing healthy habits with tips and ideas.

Healthy Habits - Video in English

Reflection Activity - English

Tip Sheet - English

Important Dates

December 7- Virtual Flag Salute for 3rd-5th

December 8- Virtual PTO Meeting:

December 17- PreK- Virtual Holiday Performance Ms. Adrienne at 11:20 and Ms. Jess at 1:30

December 18- Minimum Day Schedule

  • All PK, TK, K, 1 will be on a remote schedule, similar to a Monday (8:30-10:10) 
  • Hybrid Cohort B for Grades 2-5 will be in-person (8:45-12:30).

December 18- PreK Virtual Learning day and  Green Day!!!!

December 21- January 8th- No School, Winter Recess

January 21 and 22- School Picture Days


Thank you,


Gary Pope, Principal

Office- 760 290-2904

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