High Tech High

COVID-19 Information

Dear High Tech High Families,

In a previous email we outlined HTH's plan for implementing distance learning in the event we did not reopen schools on April 7th.  San Diego Unified School District released a press release last night, indicating that they will not be returning on April 6th and will be implementing distance learning for all of their schools through the month of April.  We have officially decided that we follow suit and will not return for in person instruction on April 7th.

When HTH teachers return on April 6th, they will spend that week designing and piloting plans for distance learning.  We will be reaching out for your thoughts and feedback as we do this work.

We will roll out our approach to distance learning the week of April 13th and you will receive detailed information from your child’s teachers about what to expect going forward.  We are asking teachers to plan for their first distance learning module from April 13th - May 8th. Our hope is that by that time, we may be able to return to school, but if that is not the case, we will begin a second module that will run until the end of the year.

Leaders and teachers from across High Tech High have been working to design a framework for distance learning at our schools and create the infrastructure necessary to support that plan.  We’ll continue to engage in this work over spring break using your input regarding your technology access to help us craft an approach tailored to our community’s needs.

If your family currently does not have reliable internet access, please see the options that local internet companies are offering as families try to stay informed.  Getting Internet Access: Available Plans https://www.cde.ca.gov/ls/he/hn/availableinternetplans.asp

Thank you for your patience and support. 




Estimadas HTH familias,

En un correo electrónico anterior, describimos el plan de HTH para implementar el aprendizaje a distancia en caso de que no volviéramos a abrir las escuelas el 7 de abril. El Distrito Escolar Unificado de San Diego lanzó un comunicado de prensa anoche, indicando que no regresarán el 6 de abril y que implementarán el aprendizaje a distancia para todas sus escuelas durante el mes de abril. Hemos decidido oficialmente que hacemos lo mismo y no volveremos para recibir instrucción en persona el 7 de abril.

Cuando los maestros de HTH regresan el 6 de abril, pasarán esa semana diseñando y poniendo a prueba planes para el aprendizaje a distancia. Nos pondremos en contacto para solicitar sus pensamientos y comentarios mientras hacemos este trabajo.

Implementaremos nuestro enfoque de la educación a distancia la semana del 13 de abril y su familia recibirá información detallada de los maestros de su hijo/a sobre qué esperar en el futuro. Estamos pidiendo a los maestros que planifiquen su primer módulo de aprendizaje a distancia para el 13 de abril al 8 de mayo. Nuestra esperanza es que para ese momento, podamos regresar a la escuela, pero si ese no es el caso, comenzaremos un segundo módulo que se ejecutará hasta el final del año escolar.

Los líderes y maestros de High Tech High han estado trabajando para diseñar un marco de referencia para el aprendizaje a distancia en nuestras escuelas y crear la infraestructura necesaria para apoyar ese plan. Continuaremos participando en este trabajo durante las vacaciones de primavera, utilizando su aportación con respecto a su acceso a la tecnología para ayudarnos a diseñar un enfoque adaptado a las necesidades de nuestra comunidad.

Si su familia actualmente no tiene acceso confiable a internet, vea las opciones que las compañías locales de internet ofrecen mientras las familias intentan mantenerse informadas. Obtención de acceso a Internet: planes disponibles https://www.cde.ca.gov/ls/he/hn/availableinternetplans.asp

Gracias por su paciencia y apoyo.

Please visit our COVID-19 (novel coronavirus) Updates page for all developments. - updated March 24, 2020
Food Service Sites Open During School Closures.
How do I know if I qualify for free or reduced lunch?

Below are the USDA Eligibility Guidelines.  Please use them to determine if your family qualifies for free or reduced lunch.

Income Eligibility Guidelines
July 1, 2016–June 30, 2017

Household Size



Twice Per Month

Every Two Weeks



$ 21,978

$ 1,832

$   916

$   846

$  423











































For each additional family member, add:

$  7,696

$    642

$    321

$   296

$   148

  • Household is synonymous with family and means a group of related or unrelated individuals who are not residents of an institution or boarding house, but who are living as one economic unit sharing housing and all significant income and expenses. This scale does not apply to households that receive CalFresh (formerly Food Stamps), Food Distribution Program on Indian Reservations (FDPIR) benefits, or children who are recipients of California Work Opportunity and Responsibility to Kids Program (CalWORKs). Those children are automatically eligible for free meal benefits.

If so, you must complete an application for free or reduced price lunches in order to receive benefits.  You can get an application at the front desk of your school, turn it in there and it will be processed.  You will receive a letter in the mail advising you of your family’s eligibility shortly after.  If you do not receive a letter advising you of your eligibility, please email lunch@hightechhigh.org.
Where can I get an application for the free or reduced lunch program? You can get an application at your school’s front desk or you can apply online. Find links on the HTH Lunch website.
What is the lunch that is served at High Tech High schools? Lunch will be provided by the following for each district.
Point Loma: San Diego Unified
Chula Vista: Top Notch Catering
North County: Top Notch Catering
How can I place an order for school lunch? We do not currently have the capability to pre-order lunches.  Lunches will be available to all interested students on a first come, first served basis.
What does my child have to do to get lunch on the first day of school
or for the first time?
Every enrolled student at an HTH school is given a lunch account.  If your child starts mid-year, it may take a few days for them to get into our system, but they can still eat lunch. All that students need to do on the first day they eat lunch is to join the lunch line and take a lunch. When they reach the cashier, they need to state their first and last name or student lunch pin number, which the cashier will use to enter their meal.  Then, the student can pay with cash in the line.
What options are there for students with allergies or special dietary needs? Our program has various options for students with different needs and tastes.  There are no special meals for students with dietary restrictions, but there is usually an option available that will meet their needs.
How do I pay for lunches? Each Village has its own payment methods:POINT LOMA Lunch Payment

  • Parents can give their student’s lunch payment to the Site Manager in an envelope with their student’s name, grade and amount in the envelope.
  • Students may pay for lunch in the lunch line.
  • Parents can also make a lunch payment with a check made out to High Tech High and mail the payment to:
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2861 Womble Road
San Diego, CA 92106


CHULA VISTA Lunch Payment

There are three ways to pay for lunches:
  • Parents can pre-pay for lunches by visiting www.mymealtime.com to pay with a credit card
  • Parents can pay by check by mail to the school ATTN: Lunch Program Payments
  • Or students can pay with cash in the lunch line.

NORTH COUNTY Lunch Payment

There are three ways to pay for lunches:
  • Parents can pre-pay for lunches by visiting www.mymealtime.com to pay with a credit card
  • Parents can pay by check by mail to the school ATTN: Lunch Program Payments
  • Or students can pay with cash in the lunch line.

Checks should be made payable to High Tech High.

Where can I find my student’s lunch pin? Your child’s lunch pin is only given out by the lunch staff.  Students can ask for their pins in the lunch line.
What are the breakfast/lunch schedules? Point Loma:
Breakfast is served from 8am-9am.
Lunch is served based on the schools’ schedule from 11:40am-1pm