- Community and Parents
Dear Westside Parents and Community Members,
On Monday, we celebrated the work, legacy and life of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. In our community this has been a day of service commemorating the service that he did for so many people. This year, those projects that are often done during this holiday were not possible due to our current COVID-19 restrictions, however, I hope your children read about the life of Dr. King and were involved in some service activities that could be done. Dr. King was quoted as saying, “The time is always right to do what is right,” a sentiment to which we can all relate.
Today, your children may have watched the inauguration of President Biden and Vice President Harris. Again, this is an important historical event established by our Constitution that occurs every four years, resulting in the peaceful transfer of power in our government. Many of our teachers included lessons about this process in their Social Science lessons, and I am sure many of you also discussed this with your children as well.
Tuesday our Board of Trustees met to discuss the return of our TK, Kindergarten and Special Day Class (mild/moderate) TK-6th grade students to face-to-face instruction. As you know, COVID-19 continues to spread in our county and state. Our goal is for the students and staff to return to campus when it is safe for them to do so. However, based on the recommendation from Los Angeles County Department of Public Health as well as the current proposal for returning to face-to-face instruction from Governor Newsom, our schools will not open as planned on January 25, 2021. We are working to update our health plans to meet the latest protocols issued by the state last Thursday, January 14th, working with our labor partners to address the changes in working conditions these new protocols may have created, and working to establish a weekly COVID-19 testing program as may be required for students and staff. In compliance with the Governor’s timeline, we now plan to reopen with groups covered by our original waiver, on Tuesday, February 16th. Again, this reopening date is based on LACDPH, CDPH, and Governor Newsom’s plan for opening schools. It is believed that there may be more direction from our state legislature as well as the federal government coming in the near future.
My personal apologies for the confusion and disruption that this unprecedented event has caused our students, staff, parents, and community. However, as always the safety and health of those who attend and work in our schools must be of paramount importance, and the ever-changing progression of this virus has made a safe return to school impossible for now. None of us imagined when our schools closed on March 13, 2020, we would still be on distance learning over 10 months later. I thank you for your patience, and I thank our staff for their dedication in providing instruction to our students to continue their learning.
If you have any questions, please feel free to contact me via our Let’s Talk App. Again, thank you for your support.
Regina L. Rossall
- Superintendent Summary