Joe Walker Middle School STEALTH Academy

School Plan for Safe Reopening


 

LOS ANGELES COUNTY DEPARTMENT OF PUBLIC HEALTH

UPDATES FOR PARENTS OF SCHOOL-AGED CHILDREN

Preventing the Spread of COVID-19 in TK-12 Schools

This document reviews current policies and important action steps to keep children safe in Los Angeles County’s 3,040 TK-12 schools. At the end you will find resources you can turn to, including where to call, if you want further information or need assistance with COVID-19 prevention or care.

Parent Updates TK-12

First Day of School for the 2021/2022 School Year is August 4, 2021


 

Announcements

Thank you for your continued support and cooperation throughout this first quarter of the school year.  While we are learning to manage the COVID-19 related issues, your patience has helped us to implement the ever changing health directives as expeditiously as possible.  It has also helped keep our focus on ensuring that our students continue to learn, while also addressing the social-emotional needs created by this unprecedented time.

In this article:

* PARENT CONFERENCES

* COVID-19 UPDATE

* TIKTOK CHALLENGES

* VOLUNTEERS

* BOARD MEETINGS

* EMPLOYMENT

* SURVEY

* INDEPENDENT STUDY

As we end our 2nd week of school, we are so pleased to have your children back in our classrooms.  We have had a busy first week of school, but so appreciate your help and support in having your children arrive at school on time, with their SafeScreener completed, and ready to learn.  We also thank you for attending the Back to School Night Programs that have already been held or upcoming.

We continue to monitor our staff and students to control the spread of the COVID virus, so being thorough and thoughtful when completing the SafeScreener for your children is a key.  

The County of Los Angeles Department of Public Health is adopting a staged approach, supported by science and public health expertise, to enable schools serving students from transitional kindergarten through grade12 to reopen safely. In addition to the conditions imposed on schools by the State Public Health Officer and the California Department of Education, schools must also be in compliance with these employee and student safety and infection control protocols.

We are so excited and looking forward to welcoming our students back to school on August 4th.  Be looking for specific information such as start time, teacher assignments, lunch and breakfast schedules, and opening activities from the principal of your child’s school this week.   

During the past few months, several changes were made and others reinforced by legislation and regulation in our state.  So, here are some answers to frequently requested information: 

School Meals * School Hours * Transportation* Distance Learning  * Transitional Kindergarten

COVID-19 Testing * Vaccinations  * Masks 

School Activities * Volunteers * Meetings of the Board 

School Dress* Counseling Services * Attendance *After School Care

News

The Palmdale General Plan Update continues! The City of Palmdale is seeking community input on their preferred land use alternative and General Plan Land Use map, which is the blueprint for land uses across Palmdale. A survey is available online at https://Palmdale2045.org and a live presentation with questions and answers will be held virtually on Thursday, February 4, 2021 from 5:00 PM - 7:00 PM.

About

Joe Walker Middle School is located in the southwest portion of the Antelope Valley at the intersection of 57th Street West and Avenue L-8. Our enrollment is 880 students in grades seven through eight. Students from Valley View Elementary, Quartz Hill Elementary and Sundown Elementary feed into Joe Walker Middle School.

The school includes 3 main buildings composed of 11 classrooms each, a shop/homemaking building, gymnasium, multipurpose cafeteria with band room and stage, and boy’s and girl’s locker rooms. There are also 10 permanent re-relocatable classrooms. Included on campus are specialized rooms to accommodate library, computer lab, and Hi Tech Lab. The school also includes a concrete play area with equipment, grass athletic fields, quarter mile all-weather track and outdoor picnic tables.

Joe Walker's Vision

At the 1972 dedication of Joe Walker Middle School, then-member of the Westside Union School District School Board, James Skalicky stated, “We all want the best education possible for our children; an education that creates enthusiasm and pride in one’s accomplishments; one that stimulates the inner self for a desire of understanding people, cultures, society, and education itself.” To fulfill this vision, Joe Walker Middle School creates a culture of success by partnering with community organizations to promote instructional relevance in our educational program. In order to best prepare our students for success with twenty-first century skills, we provide a balanced curriculum that educates the whole child combining science, technology, engineering, and mathematics with the arts and humanities. Every child will receive a STEALTH education at Joe Walker Middle School.