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Student Workload, Grades, and Graduation
Posted 4/27/20

Good Evening CUSD Families,

We wanted to share a few important updates early this week. On Friday we shared new Distance Learning Standards with our families. As we apply Distance Learning standards across our District, we have received questions about how much time students should be working on different subjects and assignments. We have also included information about this week’s Board of Trustee meeting and upcoming entertainment and enrichment learning activities. You will find information below.


1:1 Student Support

For families or students requesting 1:1 support with their teachers, please understand that teachers will schedule these requests into their virtual office hours and will accommodate these requests in the order they are received. We appreciate your patience.


Total Student Workload

  • Focus on the core subject areas for elementary (ELA, Math, Science, Social Studies).
  • Includes time for reading/watching/listening, engaging with peers via discussion boards and/or Google docs, attending class virtually, assignments/learning tasks, independent work, projects, etc.
  • Elementary:
    • TK: Suggested maximum of 5 hours class work per week.
    • K: Suggested maximum of 8 hours class work per week with a primary focus on math and literacy.
    • Grades 1-3: Suggested maximum of 12 hours class work per week with a primary focus on math and literacy.
    • Grades 4-5: Suggested maximum of 14 hours class work per week in the core subject areas.
    • K-5: Provide students with suggestions for physical activity (PE) in lesson plans.
  • Secondary:
    • Suggested maximum of 3 hours of class work per subject area per week.

Board of Trustee Meeting Wednesday, April 29

The April 29 Board of Trustee meeting begins with Closed Session at 5:00 p.m. The public meeting will begin at 7:00 p.m. The agenda for the Board meeting is posted here. To access the livestream, please visit this link

  • To participate in the board meeting by providing public comment on specific agenda items via telephone, please register here. You will be asked to register your email address and select the agenda item on which you would like to speak. You will then receive an email with a link to access the meeting as a participant.
  • If you would like to send a comment to the Board of Trustees on an agenda item, please use this form. Responses to this form will be made available to the Board of Trustees prior to the Board meeting. As this form is for sharing feedback, you will not receive a reply. 

There are 39 items on the agenda, so you may wish to review each of them. Families and students have inquired about two of them in particular: 


Board Reports (Executive Summaries) and exhibits for each item are available at the link posted above. 


Entertainment and Enrichment Activities

This week we have a full line up of entertainment and supplemental enrichment activities planned for you on our Facebook and Instagram


This Week’s Schedule

Tuesday at 1PM: It’s Capo Toon Time. Join CUSD principal Curt Visca as he teaches kids and adults how to draw simple and silly cartoons in a step-by-step format! 


Wednesday at 1PM: Artist Spotlight Series with Music Preserves Foundation, featuring Corey McCormick, bassist for Lukas Nelson and Promise of the Real, and student artist Jasmine Seveah of San Juan Hills High School.


Thursday at 1PM: Anthony and the Smalltones. Anthony Small, a City of Dana Point Arts and Culture Commissioner and local music advocate, leads preschool and elementary students in a sing-along featuring classic and contemporary children’s songs.


Friday at 3PM: Virtual Dance Class | Evie White, a junior at Capistrano Valley High School leads a virtual dance lesson to “Dancing Queen” from Mamma Mia! The Movie Soundtrack. 


Have a great week!




Ryan Burris
Chief Communications Officer