March 17 Update to Parents

Update on School Closure

March 17, 2020

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Dear Parents, Guardians and Community Members:

Thank you so much for your continuing understanding and patience during the unprecedented times we are experiencing. I am hopeful that you and your family members are able to adjust to these ever-changing times. As we have new information, I’ll keep you updated.

For those participating in our meal service program, we have expanded our service to Anaverde Hills School and to the Del Sur area. Service, which includes a grab and go lunch and breakfast for anyone under 18 years old, is from 11:00 a.m.-noon at the following locations:

·      Anaverde Hills School—served in the valet parking area at the front of the school

·      Del Sur School Area—served from the business parking lot located at E-8 and 90th Street (this is a change from our original post)

·      Hillview Middle School—served from the front turnaround area

·      Joe Walker Middle School—served from the front parking lot

You may also live closer to some of the other food service locations throughout the Antelope Valley, and note that all districts in the Antelope Valley are working together to ensure our students remain healthy. I’d like to specifically thank Nancy Hemstreet, Director of Child Nutrition and her staff for providing meals to our students under new and unique circumstances. I also want to thank our principals and vice principals for serving student meals yesterday. I am very appreciative of everyone’s efforts to make sure we are meeting the needs of our students as well as possible.

Our schools and most district facilities will remain closed through at least Friday, March 20, 2020. During spring break which begins on March 23, 2020, and ends on April 3, 2020, our schools will remain closed. In earlier updates, it was shared that all school activities, including intersession classes are cancelled until May 24, 2020.

Alternative educational opportunities are being developed, and I am hopeful those will be posted late Wednesday (March 18, 2020) for you to help your children stay engaged in learning activities during the closure period. Some of you received independent study packets or class work to complete from your child’s teacher just before our closure occurred. I encourage you to have your child complete those assignments, and we will provide additional information about how to submit the completed work in the coming days. Also, many online opportunities are available as well from companies and agencies such as Scholastic, Google, Museums, and zoos just to name a few. In addition, companies such as Spectrum may be providing Internet services for free or at reduced costs, if that is a need for your family. Please check our website for a listing of some resources you may find helpful.

Progress reports that were scheduled to be sent home on Friday, March 20, 2020, have been postponed. When a confirmed date for delivery of the progress reports is determined, I will provide that information.

We appreciate your patience with all of these changes as well as those yet to come. Please know that I am attending teleconferences with the Los Angeles County Office of Education and other agencies throughout the state, and will share pertinent information with you as I receive it. You may find online resources such as the LACOE website and many other helpful addresses on our webpages.

Please remember that the following hygiene practices are best to control the spread of COVID-19:

·      Keep your hands off your face

·      Wash your hands often, but especially after using the restroom, before touching your face including your eyes, lips or nose, before and after eating. Soap and water hand washing is best, but if that is not available, the use of hand sanitizer that contains 50-75% alcohol is an alternative

·      Stay at home. If you must go out, please do not congregate in groups of more than ten people. Practice “social distancing” by staying at least 6 feet away from others

Again, thank you for all you are doing to help keep our community safe. Thanks also for your extreme patience in responding to this illness that is spreading rapidly across our country. This is a time that requires our utmost patience, kindness, compassion, calm, and many other attributes. Thanks for all you are doing to keep your family safe, and for helping us keep our school community safe. Please take care, and know we are doing all that is possible to stem the spread of COVID-19.

For additional information on the novel COVID-19 and what you can do to stay healthy please visit the following websites.

·      California Department of Public Health

·      Centers for Disease Control

·      CDC's "Cover Your Cough" page

·      Los Angeles County Department of Public Health

Additional Resources

·      ISP Resources

·      Charter/Spectrum

·      Comcast

·      Kajeet

·      ISPs Raise Speeds & Suspend Data Caps in Response to the Coronavirus Pandemic

·      www.xfinity.com/wifi

·      Comcast Comprehensive COVID-19 Response

·      Scholastic - Learn at Home

 At-Home & Staff Resources

·      How 'Regular School' Parents can Homeschool Their Kids

·      7 Tips for Working From Home with Your Kids During the COVID-19 Outbreak

·      Lesley University Kentucky Center for Mathematics - Caregiver Math Resources for COVID-19 School Closure

·      CA State Parks PORTS Program

 

Sincerely,

Regina L. Rossall, Superintendent