- Community and Parents
Dear Westside Parents and Community Members,
As the holiday season is upon us, and we have been blessed with some of the most wonderful weather. I am hopeful that you have been able to view the celestial alignment of planets, a rare happening, but certainly an opportunity for learning about the solar system. I have seen some really beautiful pictures from local enthusiasts and some spectacular professional ones as well. If you haven’t had a chance to see it yet, our clear nights have made viewing very possible. I am also hopeful that you have had some down time from school work, allowing for your family to enjoy some special time together.
During this week, you should receive your children’s first semester report of progress. In addition, the most recent assessment of their academic progress from the NWEA will be sent to you. If you did not receive these documents by next week, please be sure to notify the staff at the school.
Our schools are closed for winter break, but classes will resume on January 11, 2021. At this point, we anticipate that some students will return to transitional kindergarten and kindergarten classes on campus. Some TK-6th grade students in mild/moderate special day classes will also return to classes on campus. Parents were afforded the opportunity to change their original choice for their children from hybrid classes to distance learning for the remainder of the school year. This necessitated a change in teacher assignments and in some cases school locations so that we could meet those requests. At this point, our face-to-face instruction class enrollments are at or near the maximum cohort size (12 students per session) permitted by the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health (LACDPH) and are also at or near the maximum 25% of enrollment waiver limit. So additional requests for movement into face-to-face instruction classes will be extremely limited.
We all know that COVID-19 cases continue to rise. At this point, LACDPH has allowed schools to remain open under some significant restrictions for cohort size and maximum enrollment. However, often Los Angeles Unified School District’s actions lead to confusion with schools in Los Angeles County. Our schools are under the guidance of the Los Angeles County Office of Education (LACOE), not under the direction of the Los Angeles Unified School District. Unless we are directed by or it is highly recommended by LACDPH or LACOE, our schools will open as planned on January 11, 2021. School principals are in the process of notifying families of class changes, school changes, hours of classes, etc. Some will also be back in touch during the week of January 4, 2021, if additional information needs to be communicated.
For those returning to face-to-face instruction classes, please be sure to follow the protocols under which we must operate to maintain safety for all on campus. Students will be screened daily before entering the campus. Students must remain in the car with their parents until the screening is completed. Masks must be worn at all times while on campus. We will not be serving any food, so there is no reason to remove the mask except to get a drink of water. Our water fountains will be unavailable, so if students want water during the school day, it is advisable to bring a water bottle, clearly labeled with the child’s name. Students must maintain a 6 foot distance from others, stay in their assigned seat area throughout the instructional day, and may only use their own supplies. Supplies students need for class will be provided. There can be no sharing of those supplies. Students must remain in their cohort for the duration of the time they are on campus. At the end of each day, students will be provided with a lunch prepared by our Child Nutrition Department. If your child is in the A.M. session, it is their lunch for the day provided. If your child is in the P.M. session, it is intended to be their lunch for the next day. If your child attends a school that has had a breakfast program, breakfast will also be provided, intended to be the next morning’s breakfast. Unless you provide notice to the school staff that you do not want your child to receive these meals, they will be distributed to all. Parents, it is critical that you do not drop your children off early or arrive late to pick them up. We must maintain separate cohorts and your timeliness will assist in that process.
Daycare has been available at several of our schools since the beginning of this school year. If you have a child care need, please contact the staff at your child’s school for more information. Additionally, if for any reason your child’s Back-to-School Information has not been completed or updated, he/she may not be on campus. Please take the next few weeks to make sure all the needed documents required for school are up-to-date. This can be done online, and with your child having a device at home, this can be completed on that device if needed.
I also remind you that if you are in need of food assistance, we have been posting distribution locations throughout the community on our district and school websites and Facebook page for your convenience. Please be sure to use these resources as needed.
Again, I wish you the best this holiday season. We have all learned so much about pandemics in the past 9 months, and this will certainly be a holiday season unlike what we might be used to. Thank you for your continued support, understanding, and cooperation.
Regina L. Rossall
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