Superintendent's Letter - April 30th 2021

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April 30, 2021

Dear Westside Parents and Community Members,

These past few months have been busy as we’ve welcomed back students of in-person learning.  Initially we anticipated that all the students who’d chosen hybrid learning would return when LACDPH allowed reopening, many families preferred to remain on distance learning for the remainder of this school year.  Though this change resulted in some teacher changes, we were able to accommodate the choices of most families, and I thank our staff for their tireless efforts to make those changes possible.  We are pleased to have students back on campus and have appreciated all of your support and cooperation in making this transition.

As we move into summer, most of our schools will be offering summer programs for our students, TK-8th grade.  Some of our schools are slated for maintenance projects this summer, and while summer school will not be on those sites, the staff has partnered with nearby schools to provide a summer program for all interested students.   Schools will be sending home enrollment information in the coming weeks.  However, if you have questions, please contact the staff at the school your child attends.

We thank the parents who were able to join us for the Superintendent’s Advisory Meeting this past week.  Your input was helpful in the planning of our Local Control and Accountability Plan (LCAP) for the coming school years.  One of our primary goals is to ensure that our students are reading at grade level when they complete 2nd grade, that they are fluent readers who read to learn when they complete 6th grade, and as they end their 8th grade year they are ready to be successful students in 9th grade and beyond.  It will also focus on the social-emotional health of our students, providing counseling services at each school.  The LCAP will be presented for approval in June and will be implemented throughout the next 3 school years. 

Additional input meeting opportunities for the 2021-2022 LCAP include both the District English Language Advisory (DELAC) meeting on May 14 at 10:00 and/or the Superintendent’s Advisory meeting on May 25 at 12:15.  If you would like to attend either meeting, please click on Let's Talk to request the Zoom link.  

Our middle schools are preparing for promotion ceremonies in June for our 8th grade students.  Each school will be sending information about the planned program to parents.  Continuing the need to protect the health of our staff, students and families, we will be following protocols from LACDPH related to these ceremonies.  

Another addition to our in person program offerings for families next year will be a year long distance learning platform.  Over this past year, some of our families found distance learning to be a successful option for their children, and in a survey conducted earlier this spring, indicated a preference to continue that learning process.  If your survey response indicated an interest in this program, you should expect an additional survey in the coming week to provide more specific feedback about how this program can best support your child.  Please respond by the deadline date provided.  In addition, many parents requested to participate in planning the program, and you, too, will be contacted for your input.  

Many of you have asked about the 21-22 school year plan for students.  It is our intention to return to full day instructional programs next year.  Of course, that decision will be based upon any protocols or restrictions required by either LACDPH or CDPH.  Currently we are accepting registration for next school year, which can be done online.  Please check the District’s Enrollment webpage for more information.  Also, if you are interested in a transfer to another school, forms and information may be found on the Transfers website

Just a reminder that the Westside Union School District Board of Trustees will hold its regular meetings on May 4th and May 18th; public session beginning at 6 p.m.  Please check the District’s website for the agenda and information about how to join the meeting via YouTube.  

May and June are months that we honor the service of our employees and we invite you to join in celebrating the great work our staff continues to do.  Teachers will be honored by the Board on May 4th, including saluting the service of those who will be retiring at the end of this school year.  Classified employees will be celebrated by the Board on May 18th, and will also include recognition of those retiring over the summer.  Lastly, Management employees will be recognized by the Board at the June 8th meeting, and will also include special recognition of retiring staff.  Our employees have continued to make exceptional contributions to the students of our community, and I appreciate all that they have done, especially in this unprecedented year to make learning possible for our students.  I thank them for a job well done.

Earlier this month the Board recognized the volunteers who’ve been involved in our schools and on District committees.  This is a year where there were also many shout-outs from our principals to the tireless parents who’ve also been engaged with their students at home while we’ve been on distance learning.  In case you missed the remarks of our principals and trustees, please know that we have appreciated the partnership with each of you as we’ve navigated new challenges to keep students progressing.  Thank you so much for all you’ve done.

Congratulations to Valley View School and Gregg Anderson Academy on achieving their initial WASC Accreditation as announced yesterday!  We are looking forward to Esperanza, Sundown and Leona Valley Schools achieving their WASC Accreditation in June as well.  At that point, all schools in the District will be WASC Accredited, which is not usual for an elementary district.  I am proud of the work all of our schools have done to achieve this designation, and thank the parents who have been a part of the process at each school.  

If you haven’t had a chance to check out the latest Westside Wire, which is now digital, please see our Facebook page.  Also, thanks to our PTA and PTSA’s for their continued sharing of information over their various pages.  

Thanks for all that you have done this past year to help us navigate a challenging time.  Also, please know that if your child is struggling with the change to returning to school or any other school issues, our staff is available to help.   Each school has access to counseling, psychology and nursing staff should you have need of those services.  Just call your child’s school for assistance. 

Again, thanks for your patience and understanding throughout this year.  Your support has made a difference to us all.

Sincerely,

Regina L. Rossall
Superintendent
 

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