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The Antelope Valley Special Education Local Plan Area (AVSELPA) hereby gives notice that a public hearing will be held as follows:

TOPIC OF HEARING:

he California Department of Education (CDE) requires that each SELPA annually obtain approval from its Governing Council for the Local Plan for Special Education, and budget and service plans following a public hearing. The Local Plan and budget/service plans must then be submitted to the CDE, prior to June 30, 2020, for final approval.

To view the plans, please click here:

DATE: May 28, 2020
TIME: 8:30 a.m.
LOCATION: Virtual via Zoom
1-669-900-6833
Meeting ID: 983 0934 1975 # Participant ID/Code: #

Public Comment/Hearing:

Pursuant to Government Code Section 54954.3 and Education Code Section 35145.5, any person wishing to speak, will be heard at this time. Three (3) minutes is allocated to each speaker, no more than fifteen (15) minutes on the same subject. If you are having trouble accessing the plans, please contact Lisa Reasoner – lareasoner@palmdalesd.org

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COVID-19 continues to be a major concern across our country. Los Angeles County has seen the increase in cases over the past week, and while there are no cases identified by Public Health in the Antelope Valley, we are taking additional steps to keep our school safe for the students, staff and community.

Dear Westside Families,

All of us remain concerned about the spread of COVID-19,how it will impact our daily routines and what will be the long-term impacts to our community, country and the world. The health and safety of our community including our students and staff remain utmost in importance and we have been working diligently to address all of the issues we can related to our schools, community and the COVID-19 virus.

As a District, we are monitoring a number of sources every day including Los Angeles County Office of Education, Los Angeles County Public Health Department,Center for Disease Control, California Department of Education, California Governor's Office, and many others. We do not make decisions in a vacuum. In many cases decisions are made by other authorities. That said, you can rest assured that the safety of our students is the singular highest priority in those decisions and that we are all working together toward that objective.

Given the importance of keeping schools safe and healthy, we have taken numerous proactive and precautionary steps, including:

1.Establishing a committee to steer efforts related to keeping our campus sites open while serving our students in as safe, healthy and effective a manner as possible. We do not lose sight of the fact that schools are very safe locations for children. This issue will be discussed in greater detail below.

2.Increasing our school cleaning protocols to include extra weekend cleaning to help sanitize our classrooms, restrooms and other shared areas. This added cleaning is on top of an already rigorous effort to maintain clean, sterile facilities.

3.Monitoring the various agencies involved in handling COVID-19 for new guidance, which included the initial recommendations on hand washing, covering your cough, staying home when you are ill with a fever, etc. As new guidance is provided, we will share that as well.

4.As of today, we along with districts throughout the AV have begun to cancel a variety of events, activities, and limiting access to our sites.

5.We have provided hand washing instruction and supplies to all teachers to help students do what has been identified as the single best-known way to reduce the spread of this virus.

6.Effective yesterday, we implemented numerous additional steps to help ensure the safety of all on campus, including:

  • All field trips are cancelled through May 25, 2020
  • All events on campus such as Open House, Assemblies, or special events such as carnivals or festivals are cancelled
  • Middle school after-school sports are cancelled
  • Practices for groups such as cheerleading, robotics, mathletes, etc. are cancelled
  • All efforts are being made to make student gatherings such as lunch and recesses limited to as few a number of students at a time as is feasible
  • Visitors and volunteers will not be allowed in our classrooms so that we can continue to limit those who come into contact with our students. This will include community volunteers for things like career days as well as parents who volunteer in our classes
  • 7.Non-essential travel and professional development efforts are being postponed or cancelled for all district staff to avoid travel-related transmission
  • 8.While schools remain a safe environment for children, Independent Study is being offered for parents who prefer their children to be home at this time.
  • 9.Activities that draw a large crowd have either been postponed or cancelled, such as the 6th grade orientation at Joe Walker and Hillview Middle Schools to decrease potential exposure.
  • 10.Though not district sponsored, the annual Washington, DC and the Europe Trip have been postponed and the trip organizers are working with parents on those events.

As always, I remain concerned about the health and safety of each of our students, staff and members of the community. I appreciate your understanding and assistance in helping to address this issue that impacts all of us. We are now receiving more information and direction from the various agencies as well as our local agencies such as the cities of Palmdale and Lancaster. Local events are being cancelled as well as many other events in the Los Angeles area.

I wanted to also take a moment to discuss an issue on many peoples' minds. Why are schools not closing?

The current guidance for the Los Angeles County Office of Education is to only close a school at the direction of the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health. At this time, LADPH is not recommending any of our sites be closed. I and other members of our staff are monitoring information and directives from LADPH, LACOE, and CDE throughout the day to ensure that we have the most-timely information on which to make decisions.

It is my goal that we all remain safe and healthy. It is also my goal to keep you informed if there are further recommendations or directives that we need to follow. Thanks again for your understanding, cooperation, and continue dedication to our students.

Sincerely,

Regina L. Rossall, Superintendent

Westside Union School District

The health and wellness of students, staff, volunteers and families is our highest priority. When any alarming incident like the 2019 novel COVID-19 occurs, we all want honest information. I am writing today to update you on the state of the COVID-19 from our perspective. I also want to share information regarding steps that we are taking to minimize the chance of transmission at our school sites.

The novel COVID-19 has garnered extensive attention worldwide. There are only a very limited number of cases in the United States, but we can expect the number of domestic cases to increase over coming weeks.

At this time, the risk of exposure to Westside students, staff and volunteers is extremely limited but caution should, nonetheless, be observed.

Dear Westside Families,

The health and wellness of students, staff, volunteers and families is our highest priority. When any alarming incident like the 2019 novel COVID-19 occurs, we all want honest information. I am writing today to update you on the state of the COVID-19 from our perspective. I also want to share information regarding steps that we are taking to minimize the chance of transmission at our school sites.

The novel COVID-19 has garnered extensive attention worldwide. There are only a very limited number of cases in the United States, but we can expect the number of domestic cases to increase over coming weeks.

At this time, the risk of exposure to Westside students, staff and volunteers is extremely limited but caution should, nonetheless, be observed. We can all take common-sense precautions to minimize the chances of transmission within our community. Importantly, these precautions will help prevent the spread of communicable illnesses which our schools are far more likely to encounter, such as the common cold, various flu strains and gastroenteritis.

Actions by Westside Union School District to Keep Our Schools Healthy

Although there are no plans to cancel school days at this time, we are carefully monitoring this situation in conjunction with the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health. We are actively working to keep our schools as healthy as possible in other ways, including:

  • Regular Interaction with Health Partners. We remain in regular contact with health officials for new guidance. We will maintain ongoing communications within the district as this situation evolves and we can share new information.
  • Respiratory Etiquette Instruction. All teachers are being instructed to teach their students about the most hygienic way to manage oral and nasal discharge when they sneeze and cough. They are also being instructed to encourage students to frequently wash their hands and maintain heightened hygiene.
  • Limiting Exposure Among Students. Should any student arrive at school and report feeling ill, they will be cared for in the Health Office, away from other students until their families arrive to bring them home.
  • Safe and Clean Environment. Sanitary supplies such as hand soap, tissues, paper towels and hand sanitizer are available throughout school sites. Donations of disposable tissues from Westside families and businesses are greatly appreciated.

In addition to these steps to maintain a healthy environment, there are many steps that families can take to help keep our children healthy.

Recommendations to Help Keep Schools Healthy

  • Stay home when sick. If cold and flu-like symptoms emerge, students, staff and volunteers should remain home until fever has been gone for at least 24 hours without the use of fever-reducing medicines.
  • Seek medical care if cold or flu-like symptoms become severe (e.g., high fever or difficulty breathing). In such cases, families should call their doctor before arriving at their office so they can prepare for the visit and provide a sanitary mask to avoid transmission of any pathogens.
  • When coughing or sneezing, turn away from others and cover the mouth with a tissue, a sleeve or elbow. Never use a hand to cover a cough because this will only make transmission more likely. When using a tissue, immediately discard it in a waste bin.
  • Wash hands frequently throughout the day, including backs of hands and fingernails.
  • Avoid touching eyes, nose and mouth as this increases the chances of transmission.
  • DO NOT utilize surgical masks to prevent exposure to the virus because they do not work. Such masks are only effective in preventing the sick person wearing them from transmitting the virus to others.

For additional information on the novel COVID-19 and what you can do to stay healthy please visit the following websites.

Thank you for your ongoing commitment to the health and wellness of the students of Westside Union School District. Please do not hesitate to reach out if we can provide any additional information.

Sincerely,

Regina Rossall
Superintendent
Westside Union School District

The most current School Accountability Report Card (SARC) for Joe Walker Middle School is now available on Westside Union School District's website. SARCs provide background information about the school and its students, including the school's mission, goals and accomplishments. Also included is information on the school's demographics, student performance, curriculum and staff. SARCs for your child's school as well as all schools in Westside Union School District are available via our website at: http://www.westside.k12.ca.us then Parent Resources. You may also contact your child's school office to request a hard copy.

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Thu, Apr 30
Fri, May 1
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Regular Board Meeting
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Wed, May 6
Thu, May 7
Fri, May 8
Sat, May 9
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Mon, May 11
Tue, May 12
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Thu, May 14
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Regular Board Meeting
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Wed, May 20
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