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The Pupil Services department implements proactive educational, curricular and behavioral interventions to create a safe and productive learning environment for all SDUHSD students. 
Listed below are services and programs overseen by the Pupil Services Department:
Name Title Phone
Rick Ayala   Director of Pupil Services & Alternative Programs (760) 753-3860 ext. 5601
Cathy Shroyer Administrative Secretary (760) 753-6491 ext. 5596
Joe Olesky READI Program (858) 755-1558 ext. 6183
Rick Ayala
Director of Pupil Services & Alternative Programs
 Liaison for Homeless Students

We do everything in our power to provide quality education, opportunities, and services to children and youth facing homelessness. Our district ensures that homeless students and their families know their legal rights to receive those services.  To learn more about federal law specifically protecting the rights of students facing homelessness, and district supports under the law, read about the McKinney-Vento Homeless Assistance Act.

School Attendance Review Board (SARB)

The SARB supports the individual schools by involving families in attempting to resolve students' attendance problems. Meetings are held once a month at the District office. Individual cases are heard by a panel of professionals that may include law enforcement, San Diego County Office of Education Child Welfare Officer, a San Diego County Probation Officer, as well as district office and school staff.


SDUHSD students are disciplined by the use of detention, suspension and expulsion. Pupil Services processes suspensions and expulsions, while detention is totally an individual school function. At the beginning of each year, all students are made aware of the discipline rules and the consequences for not following them. Suspension is utilized for semi-serious to serious violations while expulsion removes a student from the school district. Suspension can be from 1-5 days. A parent conference must be held with the school administration before a student returns to school.