District Wide Alert



Please take a moment to fill out the Durham Unified School District Parent survey.  The survey is brief and will only take a couple of minutes of your time. It will provide us with answers to core questions that let us know about your son or daughter’s experience in our schools.  The responses will help us to improve our services to the students and parents of the Durham community.

Thank you very much!

Lloyd Webb  

A Message from the Superintendent 12/3/18Top of Page


School resumed today, and we welcomed Ponderosa students and parents to Durham Elementary.

Here are a couple of details that remain the same as previously stated

  • DES’ schedule and calendar will remain unchanged for the remainder of this year.

  • DES’ recess, breakfast/lunch times will remain unchanged.

  • The starting and ending times for Ponderosa students and staff will be approximately 30 minutes later than for DES. This will avoid morning and afternoon crowding, as the kids come and go.

  • Subsequently, recess and breakfast/lunch service times for Ponderosa will also be different than DES.  We have available increased socio-emotional support staff for Durham students who are struggling emotionally with the Camp Fire and related events.  Our entire staff received training yesterday on how to recognize and support students who are struggling. I strongly encourage any parent, who feels that their son or daughter is struggling, to immediately let the Principal of the pertinent school know so support can begin immediately.

Note:  As stated prior, current Durham students remain enrolled here and no process or paperwork is required for their enrollment to remain in effect.  

Take care,

Lloyd Webb 



    Durham Elementary School is a Kindergarten through 5th grade school. We are the proud recipients of a 2014 California Distinguished School award.  The two signature practices that we highlighted in our application were our reading intervention groups and our great core of volunteers: parents, community members, high school tutors and others.

    Starting in 2012-2013 we have a Transitional Kindergarten class, which so far has been a TK/K combination class.  We currently have 438 students, with an average class size of 22 in the kindergarten through third grades and and average class size of 30 for fourth and fifth grades.  We have a wonderful staff in a close knit community with very supportive families and community members.

    We are fortunate to have paraprofessionals that assist with reading interventions, a full time physical education teacher and a half time visual and performing arts teacher. In addition, fifth graders are able to participate in band, choosing a musical instrument and receiving instruction by the award winning high school music teacher.

    The Durham Park and Recreation offers after school child care.