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Whittier Elementary School

Newport-Mesa Unified School District

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    Please call the Whittier absence line, 949-515-6816, when your child is absent from school.

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    AB 130 alternative education (independent Study)

    Recent legislation requires that we inform you of your right to enroll your student in either an in-person instruction setting in our local district school or in an independent study program for students whose health would be put at risk by in-person instruction during the 2021-2022 school year. The traditional independent study program for students in grades 9-12 in the Newport Mesa Unified School District is offered through Monte Vista High School. NMUSD also has the Cloud School which is a virtual program that is available for students who would like an online learning option.

    Parents choosing an Independent Study option have the right to request a pupil-parent-educator conference meeting before enrollment to review the academic program delivery, student support, enrollment process, specific academic expectations as well as the withdrawal process.

    Along with many of our program support opportunities, each Independent Study program will offer:

    • A plan to provide opportunities for at least weekly synchronous instruction for all pupils throughout the school year. Synchronous instruction means classroom-style instruction or designated small group or one-on-one instruction delivered in person, or in the form of internet or telephonic communications, and involving live two-way communication between the teacher and pupil. Synchronous instruction shall be provided by the teacher of record.
    • A plan to transition pupils whose families wish to return to in-person instruction from independent study expeditiously, and, in no case, later than five instructional days.

    If you’d like to learn more about Independent Study options, please contact your school principal.

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    Location: Whittier Elementary (Front Office). Please contact the office during school hours. 

    Do not drop off Chromebooks or workbooks. 

     2021-2022 Updates

    The school office will still remain closed until further notice.  There is a telephone number posted on the front door that you can dial to reach the office assistants that will gladly help you.

    Health Office: 
    If a child becomes sick at school, we will have an area for them to rest and call family to come pick them up. If a child has a temperature of 100 degrees or higher, they must stay home until they are fever free for 24 hours without medication to reduce the fever. 

    Gates to enter school will open at 7:40 for playground use. More information will be provided prior to the start of school to help with drop off/pick up procedures. 

    Breakfast and Lunch: 
    Breakfast will be served at 7:25 - 7:50 prior to school starting. Students will enter through the Cafeteria Multipurpose room in the front of the school, will be served breakfast and then proceed outside to the outdoor tables. 

    Lunch will be served through the cafeteria and will be eaten at the outdoor lunch tables. Lunch will be served in grade level blocks.


    Mask wearing for students and all adults are mandated at the site unless there is a medical exemption.    Masks are not required while outside.

    Students will be able to use drinking fountains however, students can bring a personal water bottle each day. Filling stations are available.  

    Hand sanitizer bottles will be placed in each classroom and areas being utilized by students.  

    Air purifiers will remain in classrooms



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    About Our School

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    Whittier School is located at 1800 Whittier Avenue within the City of Costa Mesa. Our school serves 434transitional kindergarten through sixth grade students. In addition, 32 preschool students are served in an on-campus preschool setting. Whittier also offers a Spanish Dual Immersion Program beginning in kindergarten. We have an active parent community participating in PTA and ELAC. We also partner with local community organizations and churches to support our students, parents, and staff.

    Whittier staff believes that each child belongs to all of us. We work together to support students in developing as healthy, confident, life-long learners and leaders. 

    All students at Whittier School will receive continuous support so they can access the core curriculum and become successful students within a safe environment. They will leave Whittier Elementary School with a solid foundation in reading, writing, mathematics, and citizenship. Our families will understand the important role they serve as a partner in their child's education and how they can work as a team member in helping their child reach his or her full potential.