Principal's Welcome

August 5th, 2020

Dear Tubman Student-Leaders and Parents, 

Welcome to the 2020-21 School Year! First, let me thank you for your support and understanding as we did our best to respond quickly and effectively to the unexpected pandemic of COVID-19 during the last few months of the previous school year. I am very proud of the way our Tubman student-leaders, parents, staff, and community handled the demands we were faced with to protect everyone as we continued to educate and feed our students during the most unusual of circumstances. As you know, there continues to be concerns and questions related to COVID-19 and how we are going to educate students. While our passion is educating, our first priority is the safety of our student-leaders and our staff. Rest assured, we have been working diligently on our School Reopening Plan. Due to the recent announcement by Governor Newsom, we will begin the school year virtually (online). However, we must be proactive and be prepared during these ever-changing times.

After gathering input and surveys from parents, staff, student-leaders, community members, and county and state leaders, we are presenting three educational options for the upcoming school year:


Virtual Learning- As per Governor Newsom’s order, all public, charter, and private schools in San Diego County will start the school year online only until San Diego County is cleared from the COVID-19 watchlist. Therefore, all students will participate in the learning of new material, continued standard pacing, interactive lessons, graded assignments, and assessments. 


If San Diego County is in the clear of new COVID-19 cases and is off the watchlist, we would offer two options for parents to choose: 

  1. Virtual Learning & Enhanced Traditional On-Campus Plan-(1) Continue with Virtual Learning or (2) Traditional On-Campus Learning. Parents would have the option to continue with Virtual Learning from home or have the option to have their child(ren) come back to school with enhanced safety precautions. This would include increased hand sanitizer availability, increased frequency of cleaning of high touch areas, wearing facemasks, temperature scanning everyday before school starts, and limited visitation to campuses, etc.,
  2. Virtual Learning & Hybrid Learning Plan- (1) Continue to Virtual Learning or (2) Hybrid Learning based on a gradual release model directed by Governor Newsom. Parents would have the option to continue with Virtual Learning from home or have the option to have their child(ren) come back to school with a Hybrid Learning option that would be a combination of virtual learning and face-to-face instruction with increased safety and disinfecting measures as listed above. Students would attend school on campus 2 days a week and work from home the other 3 days a week. Students would be in either an “A” or “B” cohort to limit the amount of students on campus at one time.

I encourage everyone to frequently visit our webpage, follow our social media, and check Class Dojo for up to date and accurate information. Our priority is to keep everyone safe while not making life more difficult for our parents. Each family situation is uniquely different. We fully understand your varied concerns about health and safety and virtual learning. We recognize the importance of face-to-face instruction, parents needing to work, the unknown economy, and all of the other unexpected consequences of not being in school. Our goal is to find the best way to have our student-leaders safely in our buildings as frequently as possible to ensure the health and well-being of all. 

Finally, we have some new hires at Tubman to announce for the upcoming school year. We are excited about the positive leadership and commitment they will bring to our village. These hires include: 

  1. Maria Bringas- 8th Grade Teacher
  2. Melissa Frye- 7th Grade Teacher
  3. Sarah Lopez- Kindergarten Teacher
  4. Connie Bledsoe- ASES Assistant Site Director 
  5. Jacqueline Cardenas- School Registrar
  6. Zury Dominguez- Health Technician

Thank you for your continued support and positivity as we strive to do what is best for ALL of our student-leaders and employees during these challenging times. We will make the best of this situation and rise above to Build Leaders Together!


Ryan Woodard

CEO & Principal

Harriet Tubman Village Charter School