Principal Cristina Buss preparing for 2022 graduation

Dear King Family, 

It is with mixed emotions that I write this letter to inform you that I have resigned my position as King High Principal, effective 6/30/22, in order to pursue positions that offer more flexibility for my family. I truly love King High, and being a part of the King Family has been one of the most important parts of my life for the past six years. Thank you for your support of our school, and for sharing your students with me. 

King students are resilient and inspiring, and I am grateful to have gotten to know each of them. They remind me that the paths we walk in life are not always straight or easy, that our destinations can change during the journey, and that even when we don’t know what lies ahead, the best thing to do is to keep moving forward. 

I have notified the District leadership team of this decision, and they will be working with the excellent King staff to begin the hiring process to find a new principal.  I am grateful to know that the dedicated staff will continue keeping the King spirit alive, and will carry on this important work. 

Although I will be gone from this role, I suspect that King will always have a piece of my heart. I encourage students and families to reach out in the future if I can provide support, or just to say hello. I will miss my daily student interactions most of all. Thank you for your support and understanding; this was a very difficult decision to make. I wish all of you the best. 

Please feel free to reach out with questions or concerns. Information to confirm the plans for summer school and for returning 5th year seniors will be coming soon.

With appreciation,

Cristina Buss


Principal in King High mask

August 20, 2021 

Dear King High Students and Families,

Welcome to the 2021-2022 school year! The King team is excited to see our students in-person this year, and we are committed to making school safe and engaging. Our goal, as always, is to help all students reach their own goals. King is special because we have the flexibility, resources, expertise, and compassion to allow all students to find success. We enter this year with a focus on prioritizing the “3 P’s”: students and staff will be Present, Positive, Productive in school and in their lives. In 2020 we also added an unofficial “4th P,” and we thank our community in advance for being Patient as we continue to navigate the changing world of education during the COVID-19 pandemic. We will continue to hold high expectations for all students, including no use of cell phones during the school day.

I’m excited to welcome our new Science teacher, Jolanda Blackwell, to the King team this year. Jolanda has been at Harper Junior High School most recently, and is excited to reconnect with some familiar students and to join our community. We are also looking forward to reopening the Wellness Center this year! We will have a Nurse Practitioner from Communicare on campus one day per week to provide all students with free and confidential healthcare, including Teen Clinic services. Stay tuned for information about paperwork that will be required in order for students to access these services.

The first day of school is Wednesday, August 25. All students should attend AM session from 8:30-11:30 a.m. on Wednesday, August 25, even if they may be enrolled in PM schedule this year

Schedule: King High is offering full in-person instruction with our regular daily schedule of AM students attending 8:30-11:30 a.m, and PM students attending 12:30-3:30 p.m., five days a week. Students will be assigned to AM or PM scheduled based on the classes they need. If a student has a strong preference for AM or PM session, we will try to accommodate that, but may require verification of the need (i.e. proof of a current work schedule). Students may make a schedule request on the form linked at the end of this letter, or by talking to their Advisor.

  1. COVID-19: The safety of our community is a top priority this year. Please review the information on the DJUSD Healthy Behavior and Healthy Campuses webpages for detailed information and safety plans. A few of the major points are below:
  2. Everyone should stay home when sick. Use the Daily Illness Screening Checklist to check for symptoms before attending school. Communicate with King staff if the student is sick, or about other absences, by calling King or emailing Maricela ([email protected]). All students, staff, and visitors must wear face coverings on campus, indoors and outdoors, except while eatin
  3.  Eating will be done outdoors (weather and air quality permitting), with as much distancing as possible.
  4. We highly encourage everyone in the King Family to get the COVID-19 vaccine and to participate in Healthy Davis Together saliva testing weekly. The HDT testing schedule is available here, and we are hoping to have testing available on campus. 

Technology: Students who need access to their own device may check out a DJUSD Chromebook for use at home. Chromebook checkout will likely occur at King during the first few weeks of school. We also have Chromebooks available at King for student use during the day.  We will continue to utilize Canvas for class home pages and most assignments, so that students will have access to homework options at any time. Students will review their digital Credit Card with advisors every Monday to see their progress each week. Parents/guardians may request access to view their student’s Credit Card.

WASC:  We will be completing our WASC (Western Association of Schools and Colleges) self-study report this Fall and hosting an accreditation visit in February 2022. WASC accreditation allows us to offer a full high school diploma to King students, and shows the community and institutes of higher education that King graduates are well-prepared for their futures. This self-study year is a great opportunity for staff, students, families, and the community to come together and discuss past and future goals for King High school. We need lots of representation from both students and parents in our focus groups to prepare for and host this visit! Please indicate how you would like to be involved by filling out the form at the end of this letter. 

Important Dates for Back-to-School:

Tuesday, August 24: Quarter 1 Welcome Night, 6:00-7:00 p.m., via Zoom (use this link to join). This is mandatory for students who have not previously attended King High. All new students and their parents/guardians should attend. If you cannot attend and you are a new student, please contact Cristina as soon as possible. Returning students and/or their parents/guardians are also welcome to attend! We will introduce the staff, review the expectations and credit-earning system and King, and have time to answer your questions.

Wednesday, August 25: First Day of School! Double Up Day Schedule = ALL students attend morning session, starting at 8:30 a.m. Please plan to arrive a few minutes early so that we can begin right at 8:30 a.m. Returning students will meet with Advisors to review credits, set goals, and build their schedules. New students will participate in Orientation. Students will receive their finalized AM/PM schedules before they leave on Wednesday 8/25. 

Thursday, August 26: Students begin their regular AM or PM schedules (final schedules will be handed out on  Wed 8/25).

Monday, September 6: Labor Day Holiday – No School

Please complete this Back to School Survey before Monday. Let us know if you have any questions.
We can’t wait to see you!

Cristina Buss, King High School Principal