November 8, 2020

Dear Carrillo Families,

We had a fantastic week with our Pre-K, TK, Kindergarten, 1st, 2nd, and 3rd graders on campus! So far, our processes and systems are working smoothly, and that is a big testament to our community working together. Parents, you are playing a significant role by completing the LumiSight pre-screening each morning, only sending your children to school if they are symptom-free, following the parking procedures, and everything else we are asking you to do. Thank you for your partnership!

We are looking forward to our 4th and 5th graders joining our in-person learning this week. I hope they are excited too!

New Play Structures for Kinder and 1st-5th

Great news! Our kindergarten and main/large play structures will both be replaced this month. The construction crew is scheduled to be at Carrillo tomorrow to set up their containment fencing and travel lanes. I will be meeting with them tomorrow and send more details this week regarding the construction schedule and what students should expect on campus. 

Marine Corps Food Drive Final Week!

Please see the message below from our wonderful PTO Volunteers, Lee Ann Shandle and Amy Wylder, who organized the food drive.

**The final day to donate food, diapers, or wipes is this Thursday, during student drop off. Marines from Camp Pendleton will be coming to Carrillo on Friday to pick up all of the donations. 

Thank you to all the families that donated to the Marines Food Drive! To show their appreciation, the Marines will drive through Carrillo neighborhoods on Friday, November 13th, at 3:30 pm.

If they aren't driving down your street, here are some great places to Park and Cheer (please observe all parking regulations and social distancing measures):

Carrillo Way- Between Melrose and Rancho Caballo

Rancho Poncho - Between Paseo Lunada and El Fuerte

Rancho Bravado - Between Melrose and Paseo Monona

Demonstrate Carrillo Pride:

• Wear your mask

• Practice Social Distancing


iReady Minutes & Progress

As a part of your student’s remote learning days or asynchronous learning time, students will be asked to complete 45-60 minutes of iReady Math and 45-60 minutes of iReady Reading on their MyPath weekly. This is an individualized program that works on lessons at the specific academic level of each student. If you would like to see how many minutes your student has completed or how they are doing on their lessons, please watch this video from Mrs. Williams or see the step-by-step directions below. The remote learning days are the perfect time to ensure these minutes are met, and the lessons are being completed. We appreciate your support at home!

How to Check iReady Progress for Families (English)

How to Check iReady Progress for Families (Spanish)

LumiSight Symptom Screening App

For parents that still need their children to sign up for LumiSight, please see the following flyers in both English and Spanish.


4th and 5th Graders are Back to School This Week!

Week of November 9: 4th and 5th-grade will begin in-person instruction on the A/B, two full days per week hybrid model.  Students will continue to engage in remote learning on Mondays from 8:30 to 10:10. In-person learning will begin at 8:45 and dismiss at 2:25 pm. Students have been assigned to either cohort A, Tuesday/Thursday, or Cohort B, Wednesday/Friday. If you did not receive your child’s cohort assignment, please email our office manager-

**There will be no school on Wednesday, November 11 in recognition of Veterans’ Day. Cohort B’s first day will be Friday, November 13.  

In preparation for your child’s return to school, we need all parents to do the following-

1.     Read and sign the SMUSD Parent Health and Safety Agreement.

2.     Read SMUSD’s Face Covering Policy and review it with your student.

3.     Activate your account for the LumiSight screener web app so that you will be ready for the required daily screenings to enter campus. On Friday, October 16th, your student should have received the account activation email from LumiSight. Follow the steps below to activate the account. Please remember that students must be screened in order to enter the campus. The LumiSight website allows for pre-screening at home and will greatly reduce the amount of time it will take to enter campuses.

  1. Open your student’s email account and find the email from “no-reply” with the subject,  "Account Activation: LumiSight for San Marcos Unified School District.”
  2. Click the purple “Reset your password” box
  3. Go back to the student email inbox to receive the activation code, enter the code, and create a new password. Click Reset
  4. You will then be asked to complete the student’s profile by entering a phone number and selecting the school site.
  5. Your activation should then be complete.

4.     Review the SMUSD COVID 19 Guide for Parents and the SMUSD COVID 19 Symptoms Guidance for Parents to aid you if your student becomes ill or is showing possible symptoms of COVID 19.

Safety Protocol** Updated for 2nd-5th Grade Procedures

Before School

It will be the parent's responsibility to ensure your child is not experiencing any COVID-related symptoms before sending them to school. Parents must complete the LumiSight symptom screening application for their child every morning they attend school before dropping them off. You can complete this at home on a Chromebook, or your phone, before dropping off your child.

We will have staff members ensuring all students have completed the LumiSight pre-screening. Parents can show the completed “badge” to a staff member in the drop off loop and students will receive a sticker to walk right onto campus. If a child walks up to the gate unaccompanied by a parent, staff members can look up the student’s name on the admin console with an iPad. Students that do not show a “clear” badge through the LumiSight application will need to be screened by staff members and have their temperature checked. This may cause major delays if many students are dropped off without completing the screening. Please complete this each morning to prevent a line-up and crowding at the front entrance.

Lastly, please make sure your child has an acceptable mask and a backup. If you do not have a mask, we will have extras.

Students will be required to bring their own school supplies to school since the sharing of materials will be prohibited. Your child's teacher will communicate what students should have with them. In addition to general school supplies, students in 2nd-5th grade will be required to bring their school-issued Chromebook, charger, and personal headphones. Please let me know if you don’t have headphones, and we will provide your child with a pair to use for the year. Please ensure your child's Chromebook is fully charged each night before school.

Parking Lot Reminders

One of the structural disadvantages of our facility is only having one driving lane into our parking lot. To avoid delays, please read through these procedures and timeframes carefully. Thank you for your cooperation!

Please do not park or exit your vehicle in the drop off loop for any reason. Cars should flow through the lot smoothly, and one parked car can cause delays for everyone.

  • 8 am- 8:15 am- AM PreK, TK, Kinder, and 1st-grade drop off ONLY. PreK through the KOC gate, kinder through the kinder gate, 1st grade through the main entrance. If you have a 2nd-5th grade sibling, you are welcome to drop off all children between 8-8:15 and the upper grader will wait in a designated area near the main gate.
  • 8:15-8:45 am- 2nd-5th grade drop off time. Please do not enter the parking lot until 8:15 to avoid delays for our K/1 drop-off. Students can enter through the main gate or back gate and will head directly to their classroom where their teacher will be waiting for them. 
  • 10:45 am- AM PreK, TK,, Kinder, and 1st grade pick up.
  • 11 am-1 pm- grab and go lunch in the KOC loop
  • 11:55 am- drop off for K-1 PM students who need to eat lunch before class
  • 12-12:15 pm - PM PreK, TK, Kinder, and 1st-grade drop-off only. PreK through the KOC gate, kinder through the kinder gate, 1st grade through the main entrance.
  • 2:25-2:35 pm - 2nd-5th grade Pick up. 2nd grade picks up at the KOC gate. 3rd-5th at the main entrance. All students will maintain a 6ft distance and wear their masks while waiting to be picked up. Students can also exit via the back gate/Carrillo Ranch. Feel free to enter the main lot early to line up in your respective zones. Siblings of 2nd-graders should meet them at the KOC gate unless they are utilizing the back gate. Siblings of PM kinder and 1st graders will wait near the main entrance.
  • 2:45-2:55- PreK, Kinder, and 1st grade pick up. Please do not enter the parking lot until 2:40 to avoid delays for 2nd-5th grade families. Kinder and 1st-grade families that line up too early are blocking 2nd-5th grade cars from getting through to their children.

I made a 15-minute video to explain our procedures for student arrival and dismissal. Parking Lot/Gate Video

**Additional Reminder- If you park in the side lot that runs parallel to Poinsettia, please use the sidewalk on that side of the road. There is a crosswalk near the stairs leading up to Poinsettia. Please do not cross in front of traffic to get to the other sidewalk.

During Classtime

Desks have been placed 6 ft apart, turned around so they cannot put their hands in the cubbies. We have also installed a clear plastic trifold at every student space for additional protection. For kindergarten students, we utilized the 6ft tables and are having students sit on opposite sides. Our PTO has helped purchase a sizeable amount of school supplies and storage containers for all classrooms to ensure students do not share supplies and pass germs.


2nd-5th grade will have a 10-minute recess. Students will be able to eat a snack and either walk around the track or enjoy some peaceful outdoor activities. 


I made a short video for students and families to explain lunch procedures for 2nd-5th grade. Hopefully, this helps you understand what to expect when students come back to school. Here is the link.

2nd-5th graders have been assigned a staggered 30-minute lunch (15-20 minutes of eating and 10-15 minutes of play). We have marked seats on all of our lunch tables to ensure students remain 6ft apart at all times. Students will eat with their cohort, play in an assigned area/zone, and frequent hand washing/sanitizing will be mandatory. Due to our requirements for contact tracing and isolating all “close contacts” in the event of a Covid positive case, keeping students with their cohort during lunch will prevent us from having to quarantine entire grade levels.

COVID Related Symptoms

If your child is experiencing one or more COVID related symptoms, please DO NOT send them to school. Please report the absence and symptoms to the attendance line. This includes; fever with or without chills (a fever is defined as a temperature greater than 100 degrees that does not resolve within 30 minutes without medication), cough, shortness of breath, nasal congestion/runny nose, sore throat, nausea, vomiting or diarrhea, fatigue, new loss of taste/smell, headache, muscle or body aches, and poor appetite. If your child has any chronic or pre-existing condition* Disregard this symptom if school personnel are already aware of a chronic, pre-existing condition that causes the symptom. The nature of the presenting symptom (e.g., duration, intensity) must be consistent with the underlying chronic condition. **If your child does have a pre-existing condition that isn’t well known to the school, it may be important to start speaking with your child’s health care provider now.

If your child is experiencing any of the above symptoms at school, they will be sent home. We will have a separate health room and medical tent to separate students experiencing these symptoms at school from students who use the health office for non-COVID-related needs (cuts/scrapes, medication/treatment, etc.). If your child is experiencing a symptom, it will be important that you pick up your child from school as soon as possible to reduce chances of transmission or any sickness on campus.

Please see the attached decision tree regarding when your child will be able to return to school.

Decision Tree chart.pdf 

Positive Cases

I will continue to notify all parents and staff members if anyone on campus reports a positive case of COVID. The person who tests positive must isolate at home. That person may return to school/work when:

  1. 24 hours without fever (no meds),
  2. symptoms are improving, AND
  3. it has been at least 10 days from symptom onset or test date.

I will continue to notify all close contacts/cohort members that came in contact with that person as well. All cohort members/close contacts will be required to isolate/quarantine at home for 14 days from the 1st day of last exposure to the "positive" individual.

Other Important Dates


9th English Learner Advisory Council (ELAC) meeting @ 2:30 pm – 3:30 pm

Join Zoom Meeting  (ID: 87641470541)


Discuss and approve the School Plan for Student Achievement

Discuss and approve the School Safety Plan

10th- First Day of in-person learning for 4th and 5th-grade students

11th- Veteran’s Day, no-school

12th - Final Camp Pendleton collection day during drop off.

12th School Site Council Meeting @ 5:30 pm - 7 pm

Join Zoom Meeting


Discuss and approve the School Plan for Student Achievement

Discuss and approve the School Safety Plan

13th Marine Corps Visit and Driving Parade


Thank you,


Gary Pope, Principal

Office- 760 290-2904

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