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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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    Upcoming Dates for ELAC/PTA/SSC and DELAC

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    Dear Whittier Families,

    I just want to take a moment to welcome you back to Level 1-100% in-person instruction for the remainder of the 2020-2021 school year. Although it has not been the typical school year due to COVID, I am proud of all of the staff members and Whittier families that have worked so hard to create a safe and nurturing environment for our dolphins. We are eager and excited to go into Level 1 instruction beginning Wednesday, April 21, 2021. I want to assure you that we have taken precautionary measures in all aspects to create a safe learning environment for your children. I know that there are a lot of questions about what school will look for the remainder of the year, however, rest assured that the Whittier staff is here to support you and your children as we transition back to 100% in-person instruction.  I wanted to highlight some changes that will be taking place when we return to school; 


    • 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. 


    • At the beginning of the day at 7:40 AM there will be an aide assigned to each grade level gate to supervise students until the gates open at 7:50 AM.    

    Breakfast and Lunch: 

    • Breakfast will not be served prior to school starting. For the remainder of the school year breakfast will be provided at the end of the day.  Each child will receive a breakfast bag to take home for the following day.  

    • Lunch will be served outside at lunch tables, there will be physical distancing and 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.    

    • Students will not be able to use drinking fountains.  Students should bring a personal water bottle each day. Filling stations will be available.  

    • Hand sanitizer bottles will be placed in each classroom and areas being utilized by students.  Aides that will be assisting students during lunch and recess will have hand sanitizer bottles at their disposal. 

    We do not enjoy having to place these restrictions and requirements on our students, families, and staff. However, to mitigate the spread of COVID and provide the safest environment possible, these measures need to be implemented and practiced. I am confident,  we will have an incredibly positive and successful rest of the year! Thank you all for your amazing support during these difficult times.  

    Go Dolphins!
    Dr. Santa Acuña
    Principal for Whittier Elementary

    Welcome Back dolphins!  Level one instruction begins April 21, 2021

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    Whittier Elementary Dolphins are a community of life-long learners leading through Whittier PRIDE!

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    Whittier students are recognized at Trimester Awards Assemblies featuring awards for: Accelerated Reader, Language Arts, Math, Writing, Effort, Citizenship and more.

    Join us each Friday morning for Whittier Flag Decks and each month for our PRIDE Assemblies!


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    Please visit the Spanish Dual Immersion Program webpage for additional information about Whittier Elementary's program, enrollment, and frequently asked questions.

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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.