Superintendent's Weekly Summary - September 13th

  • Community and Parents

Dear Westside Parents and Community Members,

Last Friday marked the 19th anniversary of the 9/11 attack on New York City and an area of Pennsylvania. None of our current students were alive when this took place, but our school staff did take time to remember this day in our history, and you may have noticed that by Presidential Order, our flags were flown at half-mast. Our hearts and thoughts still go to those families who lost loved ones in or because of this attack.

Thanks to the terrific work of our Maintenance and Operations staff for the terrific work in reducing our emissions with our various equipment. As a result we are receiving the following recognition from the Antelope Valley Air Quality Management District: “Congratulations to Westside Union School District, which was honored by @AVAQMD with the annual William J. Pete Knight Achievement In Reducing Emissions (AIRE) award. Read the full details here: https://avaqmd.ca.gov/westside-union-school-district-wins-environmental-award.” Thanks to our staff for looking for many opportunities to reduce our impact on the environment!

Our students have now finished their 20-21 baseline assessment with NWEA. If you haven’t already received results of your child’s academic performance and growth, it should be coming to you soon.

Just a reminder that the Board will hold its semi-monthly meeting on Tuesday, September 15th. Items on the agenda include recognition of additional retirees, a presentation of the ACSA Golden Apple Award to an IDEA Academy volunteer, a school presentation about IDEA Academy, and a presentation of the Unaudited Actuals for our income/expenditures for 19-20. The Board will also vote on the Learning Continuity Plan (LCP) for the 20-21 year, which is the substitute document for our Local Control and Accountability Plan (LCAP) for this school year only. Another item on the agenda is a discussion of the current orders from Los Angeles County Public Health relative to schools. For a copy of the agenda and meeting attendance information, please check the Online Agenda.

Don’t forget that lunch is served daily at each of our school sites. Sites that have traditionally participated in the breakfast program will be sending a next day breakfast meal home with each lunch picked up. The service is from 11:00 a.m-noon, and is provided for anyone 18 and younger. You may pick up the food from any of our service sites or at school sites serving meals within the Antelope Valley.

Attendance Information

Please be reminded that students need to attend their distance learning classes. Attendance is one of the most important indicators in predicting school success, so your assistance in ensuring your child is in attendance for the entire class period will be appreciated. As we continue to monitor school attendance, our staff is working diligently to support the needs of your family if this is an issue. Our counseling staff at each school is reaching out to our families at least once per month to provide assistance and to check on how your school-aged family members are doing during this continual distance learning. In addition, we will be contacting you whenever your child is absent from distance learning participation for three or more days consecutively. By law, students over six years of age must attend school, and the school district is responsible for reminding parents when attendance is lacking. The reminders will come in the form of phone calls, letters and home visits as necessary. If there are medical conditions that prevent school attendance, please contact the Health Services staff or the school principal at your child’s school to discuss the situation. In our state, students who miss over 18 days of school for any reason are considered chronic absentees, and in our district, students may be retained for excessive absences as well. We want your children to participate actively in distance learning so that they can continue to make yearly progress in their academics and other areas of the curriculum. Please help us with getting your children to class on time every day and staying engaged for the entire class period. Together we can help keep our students on target for a successful school year. Thanks for your help.

Members of our staff continue to partner with All It Takes to pilot social-emotional learning programs for our students and families. In the near future, staff members will be featured with some notable experts in education and social-emotional learning in a film called A Trusted Space. Our staff was pleased to participate in the development of the upcoming video presentation, which is expected to be featured on PBS, and we are hopeful that you will take time to review it when it is available. Please check our website for more information as it becomes available.

Congratulations to Kristin Studt, Gregg Anderson Academy teacher and WUSD alum, on the publication of her book Masks or No Masks. We are proud of her work in helping students feel safer and included.

Again, we appreciate all that you are doing to help our students stay on track with their academics, physical fitness and social-emotional health. Please take care while staying safe and healthy.

Sincerely,

Regina L. Rossall
Superintendent

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