Serving nearly 9,000 students spread across 346 square miles, Westside Union School District prides itself on being “The District of Choice” with more choice-based programs than any other district in the Antelope Valley. The District operates 13 schools, providing world-class education to students from kindergarten to 8th grade. Continuing a tradition of high academic achievement, Westside has seven schools that have earned California Distinguished School, CSBA Golden Bell or Gold Ribbon School status. Importantly, all WUSD schools are also accredited by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC).
The District proudly serves the communities of Antelope Acres, Anaverde, Leona Valley, Quartz Hill, West Lancaster and West Palmdale. A caring, supportive and motivating learning environment is evident throughout all of the schools. Our primary goal is to ensure each student’s academic success by carefully assessing their individual needs. All Westside schools maintain a positive school climate that promotes student progress. Westside is proud of the active parental participation that the schools receive through the PTAs, School Site Councils, School Advisory Councils, parent volunteer programs and the West Antelope Valley Educational Trust Foundation (WAVE).
Free! Online Activities! Kinder to 8th Grade:
IXL Summer Skill Boosters
SORA Reading and Audio books for kids
Brainingcamp Summer Interactive Math Concepts
National Geographics Kids Animals, Weird Facts, and DIY Experiments
Hour of Code games and activities for the young coder
Dear Westside Parents and Community Members,
As we approach the end of the third quarter and the beginning of spring break, we have some information to share with you about upcoming changes related to COVID-19 as well as some updates. Effective for our students and our staff, wearing masks in Los Angeles County remains strongly recommended in schools, however, this will no longer be a requirement. So, when students and staff return to school on Monday, March 14th, mask wearing will be optional.
More topics in this letter include:
• Job Fair
• Kindergarten Round Up
• Upcoming Middle School Events
• Intra-district Transfers
• Progress Reports
• Spring Break
• Upcoming Board Meetings
NOTICE OF PUBLIC HEARING
February 11, 2022
NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN in accordance with California Government Code Section 4217.10 et seq., Westside Union School District will conduct a public hearing to consider entering into an Energy Service Contract with PacificWest Energy Solutions to implement energy related improvements.
The time and place set for the public hearing is 6:00pm, which will take place at 40525 Peonza Ln, Palmdale, CA 93551 and/or teleconference (https://www.youtube.com/c/westsideunionschooldistrict/live) on March 1, 2022 or as soon thereafter as practical.
We invite you to take a moment to read the 14th Edition of the Los Angeles County Superintendent's School News Roll Call featuring our very own Superintendent, Gina Rossall.
The Palmdale General Plan Update continues! The City of Palmdale is seeking community input on their preferred land use alternative and General Plan Land Use map, which is the blueprint for land uses across Palmdale. A survey is available online at https://Palmdale2045.org and a live presentation with questions and answers will be held virtually on Thursday, February 4, 2021 from 5:00 PM - 7:00 PM.
Several agencies throughout the Antelope Valley are currently open for distribution during the pandemic. Attached is a schedule of available distribution. Please call the respective agency for more information or questions.
The Local Control and Accountability Plan (LCAP) shall be used to provide details regarding local educational agencies (LEAs) actions and expenditures to support pupil outcomes and overall performance pursuant to Education Code sections 52060, 52066, 47605, 47605.5, and 47606.5. The LCAP must be completed by all LEAs each year. For school districts, pursuant to Education Code section 52060, the LCAP must describe, for the school district and each school within the district, goals and specific actions to achieve those goals for all pupils and each subgroup of pupils identified in Education Code section 52052, including pupils with disabilities, for each of the state priorities and any locally identified priorities.
Elementary and Secondary School Emergency Relief (ESSER)
School districts, county offices of education, or charter schools, collectively known as LEAs, that receive Elementary and Secondary School Emergency Relief (ESSER) funds under the American Rescue Plan Act, referred to as ESSER III funds, are required to develop a plan for how they will use their ESSER III funds. In the plan, an LEA must explain how it intends to use its ESSER III funds to address students' academic, social, emotional, and mental health needs, as well as any opportunity gaps that existed before, and were worsened by, the COVID-19 pandemic. An LEA may also use its ESSER III funds in other ways, as detailed in the Fiscal Requirements section of the Instructions. In developing the plan, the LEA has flexibility to include community input and/or actions included in other planning documents, such as the Local Control and Accountability Plan (LCAP), provided that the input and actions are relevant to the LEA's Plan to support students.
Expanded Learning Opportunities Grant Plan (ELO)
The following is the local educational agency's (LEA's) plan for providing supplemental instruction and support to students, including those identified as needing academic, social-emotional, and other supports, including the provision of meals and snacks. The plan will explain how the LEA will use the funds it receives through the Expanded Learning Opportunities (ELO) Grant to implement a learning recovery program for at least the students included in one or more of the following groups: low-income students, English learners, foster youth, homeless students, students with disabilities, students at risk of abuse, neglect, or exploitation, disengaged students, and students who are below grade level, including, but not limited to, those who did not enroll in kindergarten in the 2020–21 school year, credit-deficient students, high school students at risk of not graduating, and other students identified by certificated staff.
Learning Continuity Plan
Senate Bill 98, Section 43509, established the Learning Continuity and Attendance Plan (Learning Continuity Plan), which is intended to balance the needs of all stakeholders, including educators, parents, students and community members, while streamlining meaningful stakeholder engagement and condensing several preexisting plans. The LCP combines the intent behind Executive Order N-56-20, which extends the timeline for the 2020-21 Local Control and Accountability Plan (LCAP), provides a required written report to the community, and outlines the formal plan for the 2020–21 school year amid the uncertainty caused by the COVID-19 pandemic.
LCAP Budget Overview for Parents
SB 820 required the California Department of Education, in consultation with the executive director of the state board, to revise the template for the Budget Overview for Parents, for this year only, to require reporting of both expenditures connected to the 2019-20 LCAP and budgeted expenditures connected to the 2020-21 Learning Continuity and Attendance Plan (Learning Continuity Plan). SB 820 also required that the Budget Overview for Parents specify the amount of funds allocated through the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act.