Protest caravan planned for Aug. 29
A plan for a vehicle caravan protestin Scripps Ranch supporting the Black Lives Matter movement has circulated on social media. According to posts, the event will begin in Scripps Community Park, 11452 Blue Cypress Drive at 2 p.m. on Saturday, Aug. 29.The social media post stated there will be an open mic for anyone who wishes to speak, and paint will be available for those who want to paint messages on their cars for the parade demonstration. The exact organizer was not identified.

District provides back-to-school guide
The San Diego Unified School District (SDUSD) provided a back-to-school guide for families as the new school year opens Monday, Aug. 31, with online learning due to the threat of COVID-19. Here is the SDUSD message:
Students, parents, friends and members of the San Diego Unified community,
Welcome to the official start of the 2020-21 academic year! Our professional educators, administrators and support staff are excited to see you, even if it’s only online for the time being. The new school year will start online for all students this Monday, Aug. 31.

The COVID-19 crisis has created so much uncertainty in our country, and the purpose of this letter is to create clarity for our students and families. I want to start by being clear about what you can expect for the year ahead. Students are going to have exciting opportunities to continue their education, despite the fact learning will begin online.

I encourage you to check out our comprehensive Back-to-School guide (, hosted here on our new district website. It describes some of the ways we are working to make this year a success.

We’ve put together an exciting first week of learning for students, as well as dozens of useful lessons for parents, available here: (Parent options ( These learning opportunities were created in response to hundreds of hours of conversations we had over the summer with students and parents on how to make online learning better for everyone.

As you may have read, we have been working with some of the world’s leading experts on health and science from the University of California, San Diego on our plan to physically reopen schools. Together we have established standards for reopening that are even more strict than those adopted by the County of San Diego, which means our schools will be reopening in phases with the health and safety of all students in mind. This week, we announced the first group of students could begin returning to campus by the end of September.

Our full plan for reopening in the safest, most responsible way possible is available online here:

To prepare for the new school year, please make sure your student is properly enrolling in the school he/she plans to attend. Schools are reaching out now to make sure your student has a computer and a good WIFI connection, so it’s very important to make sure your new student is enrolled. Middle and high school students can expect to receive information about class schedules from their schools.

  • If your student was enrolled in a San Diego Unified school last year, you do not need to re-register again this year. Your child’s enrollment will automatically roll over to the new school year.
  • If you have a change of address or other demographic information, you may make those changes through the Parent Portal in PowerSchool. Your child’s school can assist you with setting up the Parent Portal account.
  • If your student is a kindergartner, or new to our schools, you can enroll online by visiting our district website and clicking on the Enrollment tab. On this page you will find information for remote enrollment of your child in your neighborhood school and also in schools of Choice.

Once enrolled, please make sure you have filled out these essential forms. They will help our schools prepare to support your student’s success.

Once again, Aug. 31st is the first day of school, and all students will start online, learning from home until it is safe for schools to physically reopen. I wish you and your family a relaxing end to your summer and a successful start to the 2020-21 school year.

Cindy Marten
San Diego Unified School District

Yanni’s patios open again
Yanni’s Bar & Grill, 12015 Scripps Highlands Drive, has reopened its patios for customer dining following a brief closure out of an abundance of caution after one of its employees tested positive for COVID-19. Yanni’s team disinfected the restaurant from top to bottom and the whole team tested for COVID-19. Every result so far has been negative.

COVID-19 cases in 92131 ZIP Code area
Total cases of coronavirus reported in the Scripps Ranch 92131 ZIP Code area this week rose to 145 cases. That’s an increase of six cases in the past week in Scripps Ranch. The county reported 455 total cases in Mira Mesa and 230 cases in Poway. San Diego County reports the cases, broken down by community residence listed for each patient.

Here is a little about the upcoming week; Aug. 30-Sept. 5, 2020:
Sunday, Aug. 30 is National Toasted Marshmallow Day, National Grief Awareness Day and National Beach Day.
Monday, Aug. 31 is National Matchmaker Day and National Trail Mix Day.
Tuesday, Sept. 1 is National No Rhyme (Nor Reason) Day.
Wednesday, Sept. 2 is National Blueberry Popsicle Day and National V-J Day.
Thursday, Sept. 3 is U.S. Bowling League Day.
Friday, Sept. 4 is National Chianti Day, National Wildlife Day, National Newspaper Carrier Day, National Macadamia Nut Day, National Lazy Mom’s Day, National Food Bank Day and National College Colors Day.
Saturday, Sept. 5 is National Cheese Pizza Day, National Be Late For Something Day, National Tailgating Day and World Beard Day.

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