Welcome Back Parents

2020-21 Welcome Back Letter To Parents
Welcome Back

Welcome Dana Families,


We would like to welcome you to the 2020 - 2021 school year. We hope you have found time to enjoy the recent summer with your family and loved ones. I believe you would agree our community has been navigating truly unique times. The San Diego Unified School District has been actively developing the opening of school plans. We would like to take this opportunity to share information that has been available so far.


We are currently validating our enrollment information. Please note that our clerical staff is currently off calendar until next week, they will respond to all correspondence as soon as possible upon their return to work.

Not Attending Dana Middle?

Families planning not to attend Dana should send an email to Mr. Peter Mazur ( Please include your child’s full name, grade they are entering, and the name of the school they will attend.  

Who Does NOT Need To Enroll?

4th grade students who attended one of the following neighborhood elementary schools last year are automatically enrolled at Dana for next year. No additional action is required.

  • Cabrillo Elementary
  • Dewey Elementary
  • Loma Portal Elementary

  •  Ocean Beach Elementary

  •  Silver Gate Elementary

  •  Sunset View Elementary

Who Needs To Enroll?

Families of 5th and 6th grade students who recently moved to our community should enroll their children at Dana. Please visit to verify you live within our school boundaries.


Our physical office is currently closed but we are working remotely. New families can use our online process for enrolling students. Please follow this link for more information. The district is developing alternative options for families who are unable to enroll online. More information to follow. 


Strong student/teacher relationships are critical to student success. This important work begins during student orientation. Our staff is working to develop a virtual orientation designed to introduce students to our school, our staff, and their online learning environment. This will include learning opportunities for students and parents regarding how to navigate our Learning Management System (LMS). More information to follow.

First Week Of School

The first day of school will be August 31. We will begin this school year online. Students will have access to differentiated, standards-based activities that build skills for online learning, develop social emotional skills, engage in content standards and provide an opportunity for voice and choice. While teachers are engaging in professional development they will also make contact with their students during this week. More information to follow shortly. 

Student Schedule / Class Placement

Our staff is currently working to develop student schedules for 2020-21. Many factors are involved in this process including master schedule development, evaluating academic history, teacher feedback, and student performance. You will receive an email on Friday, August 28, with your child’s placement information.

Student School Day Overview

The San Diego Unified School District is committed to providing custom learning experiences based on student needs five days a week. Students will not be expected to participate in six hours of continuous video conferencing each day. Each school day will include daily live, online instruction, independent learning, and opportunities to work with other students in small groups. Scheduled opportunities to communicate with teachers will be made available as well. Information regarding start/end times will be provided shortly.

Textbooks, Netbooks, and Other Supplies

We are developing a plan for distributing  textbooks, consumables, netbooks, and other supplies to all students. The process will include a strategy for collecting textbooks that have not been returned yet. We will send additional information to parents as soon as the plan is solidified.

Scheduled Return Date For Onsite Learning

The San Diego Unified School District continues to coordinate with UCSD and local and state health officials regarding a possible timeline for returning to onsite learning. We encourage you to visit the SDUSD website for more information.

Our Staff

Classified (Office) Staff will return to work on Monday, August 17th. Our Certificated (Teaching/Counseling) Staff will return to work on Wednesday, August 26th. Please see below for key contacts:

Other Items

  • The San Diego Unified School District has placed all school pictures on hold. The only exception is Senior Class Portraits. More information to follow.

  • Please continue to check our website ( for more information.

We are looking forward to working with your family this year. We will continue to share information as it becomes available. Thank you for your patience.




Scott Irwin

Dana Middle

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