Dear LCUSD Community,
I wanted to share with you a status update in relation to COVID-19, our school closures, and distance learning. This morning, members of the District Leadership Team and I were on a 7:30 a.m. teleconference with the Los Angeles County Office of Education (LACOE) and a 10:00 a.m. teleconference with the California Department of Education and the State Superintendent of Public Instruction, Tony Thurmond. We learned a few things, received some distance learning guidelines (of which LCUSD is already leading and implementing), but were left with many unanswered questions. I’d like to update you with: What we know; What we are waiting to learn; and Actions we are taking.
What we know:
What we are waiting to learn:
Actions we are taking:
Finally, LCUSD is committed to doing everything in its power to support students, staff, and families during this very difficult time. Please continue to communicate with me and other District Administration and your Principals. We appreciate the emails of support, but even more we need to hear from you regarding the student learning challenges you encounter. As a public school district, we face constraints imposed at the County, State, and Federal levels. However, we are determined to respond by thinking outside of the box to ensure that as a community we are at the fore of delivering a world class education despite any adversity. Our students, staff, and families deserve that, and more.
I will be in touch with answers to these questions and the articulation of our updated distance learning planning as soon as I am able. In the meantime, please continue with learning routines and schoolwork, family opportunities for togetherness and exploration, and healthy practices to ensure our community’s part in flattening the rate of this pandemic.
Sincerely and with gratitude,
Dear LCUSD Community,
Before we enter the weekend, I wanted to reach out to you with the most recent updates regarding LCUSD’s response to the coronavirus pandemic and our recent decision to engage in a school closure period to support community-wide efforts to flatten the infection curve.
This morning the Los Angeles County Department of Education (LACOE) held an emergency teleconference with its 80 school districts. LACOE recommended that all districts enact districtwide school closures commencing as early as today and extending through Friday, March 27, 2020. LCUSD had already taken action, exercising its local authority last night by taking action to close our schools beginning today through Monday, March 23. In response to LACOE’s recommendation and to ensure that we are doing everything possible to promote the health of families and staff and reduce the risk of exposure, the Governing Board again held an emergency meeting today at 3:30 p.m. and voted to extend our schools’ closures through the recommended date, Friday, March 27, 2020.
As you are all aware, this is a rapidly changing situation which requires us all to stay informed, be vigilant regarding healthful practices, and stand united in our efforts to combat the spread of COVID-19. La Canada Unified School District Offices will remain open and I will continue to communicate updates. Many reports indicate that it is likely school closures may extend for additional weeks, but we will assess and make our determinations for anything beyond our current window by March 26, 2020.
Many teachers have already shared distance learning experiences with students, but you will see enrichment, remediation, and reinforcement learning opportunities come to your students from all of our instructional staff by Tuesday. Staff at all of the school sites were amazing today. They were inventive, positive, and enthusiastic about engaging with students remotely. I am thankful to them for their professionalism and adaptability.
To our students, parents, and community, thank you for your understanding and support. We are allies in the mission to respond with care and prevention to this global health crisis.
Please rest, eat healthily, stay warm, and wash your hands while you enjoy a well-deserved weekend.
Sent on March 4, 2020
Sent on February 25, 2020
Dear LCUSD Community: