The O'Farrell Charter School

Winner of the National Excellence in Urban Education Award

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Dear Parents and Students:

Thank you for your patience and dedication during this difficult time. O'Farrell staff are working hard to make sure that students are able to learn during the school closure and continue their studies.

  • During the week of April 6th, your teacher will reach out with preparation activities for you to prepare for your new online activities.  You will learn how to use the online resources being shared with you and will be given directions on how to access your assigned work.
  • Starting the week of April 13th, we will launch into assigned lessons.  You will be expected to complete these lessons and stay in communication with your teacher if/when you need help.
  • Starting the week of April 13th, you will begin to earn grades for the lessons you complete.

We do not know if we’ll be able to return to physical classrooms this school year and so it is difficult to answer specific end-of-year questions right now. Please know that you will be kept up-to-date as soon as we know information.  Below is a sample schedule of how you can organize your days. This schedule can be changed to suit your individual needs. Your teacher will explain more as lessons begin. Stay in communication with your teacher to stay on top of your classwork.


Optional Daily Student Schedule

8:00 - 8:30


8:30 - 8:45

Check Google Classroom/Learning Platform for messages/assignments from my teacher

8:45 - 9:30

  • Complete math assignment
  • Online practice on a math program of my choice if I finish early

9:30 - 10:00

Break - do something active!

10:00 - 11:00

  • ELA
  • Online practice on a reading program of my choice if I finish early

11:00 - 11:30

Break or preferred activity time

11:30 - 12:00


12:00 - 12:30

Silent reading or read with a family member

12:30 - 1:00

  • Science
  • Online practice on a reading program of my choice if I finish early

1:00 -1:30

Break - do something active!

1:30 - 2:00

  • Social Studies
  • Online practice on a reading program of my choice if I finish early

2:00 -2:15


2:15 - 3:00

Art or computers - choose your own activity

3:00 - 4:00

Preferred activity time - choose from list



Distance Learning Study Steps to Success

  • Work space: 
    1. Be prepared to work! Prepare your workspace and have all your materials ready (charged or plugged in Chromebook, pen, notebook, etc.)
  • “Block” distractions:
    1.  Do not open non-school work related tabs and keep your cell phone away from easy access.
  • Create a schedule:
    1. Spread out your work between days with enough time to get help.
    2. Break down weekly assignments into daily goals.
  • Get help: 
    1. Ask for help when you need it.  You can attend homework help sessions or your teacher may assign you tutoring sessions.
  • Set rewards: 
    1. Reward yourself any time you reach a goal.  Have a snack, check in with some friends, get some fresh air, play a game, etc.
  • Give yourself a break: 
    1. Remember: sleep, food, and exercise are all essential for good brain function. If you feel your focus is slipping it may be time to take a break and do something physical.
  • Ask your teacher: 
    1. You are not alone. Your teachers are here to help.  Email them!
Students will be graded based on the work assigned to them.  The following grading policies will be in place:
  1. All work may be revised at any time for a higher grade.
  2. Assignments will all have a due date, but work may turned in late at any time without penalty.
  3. Once a student earns 85% on an assignment, they will be assigned full credit for that assignment.
For families who are in need of assistance with internet, please see the following information:
Cox Connect2Compete: Cox is helping get families in need connected to the internet through the Connect2Compete program.  They are providing the following:
  1. First 2 months free of Connect2Compete service, $9.95/month thereafter
  2. Resources for discounted, refurbished equipment through their association with PCs for People
  3. Instructions on how to fast-track eligible students without internet access.
  4. To apply for Connect2Compete click here.
Charter Communications: Charter has reported that they are offering free access to Spectrum Broadband and Wi-Fi For 60 Days For New K-12 and College Students. To enroll call 1-844-488-8395. Installation fees will be waived for new student households.
AT&T Access: AT&T is offering low-cost wireline home Internet service to qualifying households.  To see details and to apply, click here.
Socio-Emotional Support For Students and Families
Student Guidelines for ZOOM Meetings with Teachers:


  • Click here for Zoom directions for students.
  • Prior to your call, go to to set up for your call. Your teacher will send you the numeric code to access your call.
  • Students must be in free dress guidelines, or school uniform. 
  • Be aware of what is in the background of your video. It should be school appropriate. 
  • Use school appropriate language. All normal school behavior expectations still apply.
  • Please contact your teacher via email if you have any questions prior to your scheduled Zoom meeting. 


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News and Events

1st Day of School-August 19-Distance Learning

July 18, 2020

Dear Parents/Guardians,

As you may have heard, Governor Gavin Newsom issued an order about California's school reopening plan. This order requires all districts that are located in counties on the state’s public watch list to start the school year with distance learning until certain conditions are met. This includes San Diego County. Therefore, The O’Farrell Charter School will begin the school year fully online.

We are carefully reviewing the new order to determine what this means for our schools. We recognize that continuing distance learning poses challenges for families and we will continue to work diligently to develop plans that have at their center, the academic, social, and emotional well-being of all students and families. We will spend the remaining summer weeks ensuring we have a quality distance learning program to serve all of our students until public health conditions improve.

O’Farrell will begin our new year with a distance learning program that is much more robust than before. Last spring was a response to the pandemic with little time to transition online and address technology needs. Although O’Farrell adapted quickly to provide instruction, meals, and socio-emotional support during the initial stage of the pandemic, we are more confident in our plans for the fall. As required by state law, students will all now be required to adhere to daily live interaction with staff, attend required classes, and complete and submit work. We will be submitting our new required Learning Continuity and Attendance Plan to the Board for public comment and approval by no later than September 30, 2020. We will continue to provide your child with a high quality education in an online environment until we are able to safely return to our campus. Our first day of online instruction is August 19, 2020. We will be in touch with specific school information as it relates to your child.

We will communicate with you throughout the summer as additional information and details are available and we encourage you to communicate with us your needs and questions through this process as well. Now is the time to show the strength of our entire school community. We appreciate your flexibility and understanding as we adjust to these ever-changing conditions to keep students and staff safe and emerge from this pandemic stronger than ever.

Susan Cuttitta
Interim Superintendent

Meal Distribution-Breakfast, Lunch, & Supper

ALL Summer Long!!
Meals are being distributed Monday through Friday between 11:00 a.m. and 1:00 p.m. in the school parking lot, 6130 Skyline Drive. Please have the student ID or a picture of each student for whom you are picking up meals.
On Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday you will receive a breakfast, lunch, and a supper for each student. Thursdays and Fridays will include a breakfast, lunch, and additional items for the weekend. The San Diego Food Bank also provides extra food on Tuesdays.

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