Tuesday, September 3, 2013

Welcome to the 2013-14 San Diego Unified School District

It's back to work today, Sept. 3, for more than 130,000 students in the San Diego Unified School District.

It's back to work The district welcomes its new Superintendent, Cindy Marten, formerly principal of Central Elementary School. Marten replaced Bill Kowba, who retired in July after more than seven years with the district, three as Superintendent.

Parents/guardians should double-check their student's schedule to make sure that they're at school on time the first day of school – and every day.

Students at Barnard Elementary School should make sure they go to the new location, 2445 Fogg Street (92109). The award-winning Mandarin Chinese Magnet School is moving to the site of the former Bayview Terrace Elementary School, expanding to become the Barnard Asian Pacific Language Magnet School.

Parents unsure of their child's school can use the convenient SchoolFinder.

More information on back to school

  • Enrollment: Students who are new to the district have to be enrolled at their neighborhood school. No enrollment is necessary for students who are returning; or for students enrolled in the district last year that reached the highest grade level of the current school and will be continuing to the next level (they were automatically matriculated to the next school level). To find your neighborhood school, please use the School Finder. All neighborhood schools will be accepting enrollments beginning Thursday, August 22. Complete enrollment requirements.
  • Tdap Immunization: Don't forget that students in grades 7-12 must show proof of their Tdap immunization against pertussis (whooping cough) prior to the first day of school. Your student will not be allowed to attend school unless you provide the proof of vaccine or sign the Tdap consent. The consent form will be available at school on Tuesday morning and is available here in English and Spanish. Then your child may receive a FREE Tdap booster at school and the requirement will be met. Please read this information statement about Tdap. (English) (Spanish).
  • Uniforms: A few of our schools recommend that students wear uniforms. To find a school's uniform policy, check the school's website, or, beginning Aug. 22, call or visit the school.
  • Back to School Supply Lists: In California, public schools cannot charge fees or require parents to purchase supplies -- with a few exceptions. Many schools have recommended supply lists, but all necessary materials will be supplied by your school. Read more.
  • Free and Reduced Price Meals: This state and federal program offers lunch and breakfast at reduced cost, depending on family income. Applications are now being accepted. Read more.