1650 Exploration Falls Drive
Chula Vista, CA 91915
Phone: 619-591-5500
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School Information

School Support Staff

For a complete list of Camarena staff, please refer to the 'Staff' page.



Phone Extension

Debra McLaren, Ed.D.
Associate Principal
School Secretary Maria Martinez Ponce
Attendance Health Specialist Shawna Margetts
Nurse Mary-Jane Vicente
Psychologist Yolanda Gaudet
Language, Speech and Hearing Specialist Kathy Bruton 630323
Library & Media Center Rachel Murphy 630170
Cafeteria Katherine Rutledge 630180 or 630181



Daily Schedule

School Hours

School begins at 8:15 a.m. daily.  Students should not arrive on campus earlier than 8:00 a.m. unless they are participating in the breakfast program.


Starting Time  --  Ending Time

Friday & Modified Days

​Kindergarten​8:15 am - 2:30 pm
​8:15 am - 1:00 pm
1st Grade - 6th Grade 8:15 am - 2:45 pm
8:15 am - 1:15 pm


Lunch/Recess Times


Monday - Thursday

Rainy Day

10:15 am - 11:15 am
10:15 am - 11:00 am
1st Grade
11:15 am - 12:00 pm
11:15 am - 11:45 am
2nd Grade 11:30 am - 12:15 pm
11:30 am - 12:00 pm
3rd Grade
11:45 am - 12:30 pm
11:45 am - 12:15 pm
4th Grade
12:00 pm - 12:45 pm
12:00 pm - 12:30 pm
5th Grade
12:15 pm - 1:00 pm
12:15 pm - 12:45 pm
6th Grade 12:30 pm - 1:15 pm
12:30 pm - 1:00 pm


PE Schedule


Recess Time

1st Grade
8:25 am - 8:50 am
​2nd Grade
​9:50 am - 10:15 am
​3rd Grade
​1:15 pm - 1:40 pm
​4th Grade
​1:30 pm - 1:55 pm
5th Grade 1:55 pm - 2:20 pm
6th Grade2:20 pm - 2:45 pm


Quick Date List

 Note: The full calendar is available in printable form here.

2019 - 2020 School Year

  • First Day of School
July 22, 2019
  • Labor Day - NO SCHOOL
September 2, 2019
  • Parent Teacher Conferences (Minimum Days)
September 12-19
  • Fall Break - NO SCHOOL
September 23 - October 7/ School Resumes on October 8
  • Veterans Day - NO SCHOOL
November 11
  • Thanksgiving Holiday - NO SCHOOL
November 25 - 29
  • Winter Break - NO SCHOOL
December 23 - January 13/ School Resumes on January 14
  • Martin Luther King Day - NO SCHOOL
January 20
  • Presidents' Holiday - NO SCHOOL
February 14, 17
  • Parent Teacher Conferences (Minimum Days)
March 12 - 19
  • Spring Break - NO SCHOOL
March 23 - April 3 / School Resumes on April 6
  • Memorial Day - NO SCHOOL
May 25
  • Last Day of School
June 3, 2020


School Rules

Camarena​ functions under three overarching rules:

  • Be Safe
  • Be Responsible
  • Be Respectful


Emerge​n​cy Rele​ase Plan


School safety is our number one priority. In case of a school emergency or natural disaster, such as an earthquake, you need to be aware of our school’s plan for releasing your child. Instructions for reunification with your child will be communicated to you by the school or District. Please do not take it upon yourself to come to the school based upon media reports, which may be erroneous. 

Our concern is for the safe and orderly dismissal of our students. If as many as 400 to 500 parents arrive at our school at approximately the same time to pick up students, your cooperation and patience are essential to our plan. 

Parking will be very limited, so be prepared to park away from the school and under the direction of first responders. DO NOT DOUBLE PARK as it may interfere with getting emergency vehicles into our school site. 

For the safety of your child, before allowing you to take him/her home, we must document to whom each child is released. When you arrive at school, you will be directed to our “Request Gate/Check in area.” A runner will be sent to the student supervision area, and escort your child to the “Release Gate,” where you can reunite with your child. In extreme circumstances, a student reunification area may be set up off-campus, and generally in collaboration with emergency responders. 

You will be required to sign for the release of your child. This is extremely important as it is our only means of ensuring that all students are accounted for at all times. Be prepared to present a picture identification card if requested. Please do not just take your child from the center without signing for their release. We recognize that you may be worried and want to be reunited with your child as quickly as possible. However, this system has been established to ensure your child’s safety. 

It is imperative that you keep all information on your child’s Emergency Card up-to-date. Your child will only be released to those listed on the card. These procedures should be shared with everyone you list on the Emergency Card so they are familiar with our procedures. 

Thank you for your cooperation.​​



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