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Principal's Message

     I would like to extend a warm welcome to all of our 2014-2015 Valley Center Primary School families! I hope you all had a restful summer vacation spending time with loved ones and friends.  My name is José Hernández and I am the proud principal of the Valley Center Primary School. 

     Valley Center has been my home since 1986. I attended the Valley Center schools from third to eight grade.  After graduating from Orange Glen High School, I spent four years at the University of California, Irvine, where I earned a B.A in Political Science.  In preparation for my teaching credential from California State University, San Marcos, I played different roles at the Valley Center-Pauma Unified School District. I started as a noontime supervisor, an instructional aide, an ELD teacher, and then a substitute teacher in grades K-12 from 2001 to 2004.  I completed my student teaching in kindergarten at the Valley Center Primary School and in third grade at the Valley Center Elementary School.

      In 2004, I had the great opportunity to work as a full time teacher in the opening of Farr Avenue Elementary School in the Escondido Union School District.  I taught third and fourth grade and then I worked as a Technology Resource Teacher teaching students and coaching teachers in grades kindergarten through fifth grade.  In 2010 I began working as an Assistant Principal at Mission Middle School, and now I am privileged to be the Principal at Valley Center Primary School.

      You may contact me via email at or you may stop by the office to talk to me.

Mr. Hernandez

Drop off and Pick Up Procedures

The Primary School has new transportation procedures in place.

Bus Pick-up/Drop-off - All bus pick up and drop off will be along Fruitvale Rd. Only students arriving on the buses will be admitted through the gates on Fruitvale Road. Buses arriving before 8:00a.m. will unload as usual at the curb in the school parking lot.

Parent Drop Off - All parent/family vehicles must drop-off and pick-up students in the school parking lot.   The curb along the right side of the loop will be for student loading and unloading only.  A school employee will be present to greet the students in the morning and direct them where they need to go.  The intent is that the parent/family vehicle will simply stop and allow their student to exit the vehicle.  Drop-off time in the morning is after 7:30 am.

Parent Pick Up - In the afternoon, parent/family vehicles should pull into the parking lot and line up in a single line along the right side of the loop.  Vehicles will move forward to the student loading zone near the large gate area at the back side of the loop.  Students will only be released to cars in this lane.    An employee will be present to ask your student’s name, and radio ahead for your student to be ready for pick up in the loading zone.  The intent is that the parent/family vehicle will simply stop in the loading zone and allow their student to enter the vehicle, then proceed out of the parking lot.  Parents may also park in the spaces, get out of their car, and enter the school to pick up their child if they choose. The parents are asked to carefully use the crosswalk to walk back to the parking lot to get back into their car.

The lane on the left side of the loop is for vehicles to either turn in to park in the spaces, or to pass thru the parking lot to exit on the east side.   Buses will also be using this lane to pass through the parking lot.  There is no stopping in this lane. 

Please be advised that “No U-turn” signs and “No Stopping Any Time” signs are also being installed along Fruitvale Road by the County of San Diego. 

These changes have been implemented to help ensure the safety of the students, staff, and parents of Valley Center Primary School.  We appreciate your patience and cooperation as we implement these new procedures.  


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