Westside Academy

School Plan for Safe Reopening




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



As always, the safety of our students and staff is of the highest priority.  Unfortunately, the latest variant of COVID has once again spread rapidly across our county.  While we anticipated receiving promised at-home COVID tests for our students from the Los Angeles County Office of Education, at this date they have not been delivered.  Based on the communication we received yesterday, they may be delivered late next week, but will not be received this week.  Rest assured that as soon as we receive the tests, they will be distributed at each school site.  Testing is not a requirement at this time, but we know many parents want the opportunity to administer the tests to their children. 

For parents who want the assurance from their children receiving a negative COVID test prior to the start of 2nd semester, the District will make available PCR tests.  From 8-11 am on Thursday, January 6th at the Maintenance and Operations Facility located on the District Office Complex, 41910 50th St. W, Quartz Hill, staff will be available to help with testing which is on a walk-in basis.  Once the testing session is complete, tests will be sent to a lab for processing and parents will receive the results via email from the lab.  The results are usually received within 48-72 hours.  Again, testing is not being required for students to return to school, however, parents have asked about providing testing especially since the over the counter tests will not arrive before Monday.


The rain was a welcome sight to help with the statewide drought, but rainy days are always different at school. The sleet reminded us that it can get really cold in the Antelope Valley, but it sure looked a bit like snow for just a while. 

December 17th will be our final day for the first semester, and at the conclusion of our minimum day (an hour earlier dismissal), our schools will be closed until January 10, 2022 for Winter Break.

During the week of December 21st, please check your mail for your children’s first semester progress report. A new session of after school intervention classes to improve reading performance for our students will begin after Spring Break.

When your children return to school in January, we will be discontinuing the use of the STOPit SafeScreen.

The District recognizes that students utilize social media or text to communicate with their peers. Parents are encouraged to have a discussion with their children regarding the importance of appropriate online citizenship and the consequences of cyberbullying. When school reconvenes on January 10, 2022, the District may consider discipline against any student who has engaged in cyberbullying during the Winter Break.


Vaccine Clinic at Westside Union School District on November 20th | December 4, 11, 18 | January 8, 15, 22, from 9am - 1pm register for COVID vaccine at myturn.ca.gov


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.

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Welcome to Westside Academy! With all of the wonderful things happening here, it seemed appropriate to prominently post the uniform guidelines as well as other important things students are expected to do daily. You will find these items on the PARENT INFO page.

Westside Academy is an alternative education setting that was designed for and around the needs of students who have difficulty with the traditional setting, or students who just prefer a small and personalized environment. Class sizes do not exceed 25 students and

Westside Academy school entrance

the principal spends about 90% of his time in the class, meaning there are two instructors in the room. All curriculum is online in a virtual environment and can be accessed anywhere there is a connection to the internet. Students have the freedom and flexibility to attend class, work from home or any combination of the two. Our program focuses on student success.

Students who meet grade, behavior, and merit requirements are allowed to attend dances, clubs, and events and are eligible to enroll in band at Joe Walker. For fast workers there are also online electives that students can enroll in.

Our 8th grade graduation rate is 100%. We only accept current Westside Union School District students at this time.

Students are admitted to Westside Academy through an intake process that involves meeting to review student records, consider current student progress, and determine specific student needs. Required parental support includes a commitment to regularly check email, since progress reports, school news, and teacher communications are sent electronically.

Westside Academy offers two sessions daily. Students are placed in sessions based on their specific needs and grade level. In most cases, parents are not able to choose a session, but we will do our best to accommodate your needs. Most 6th and 7th graders are placed in the AM session.

Daily Sessions

First Session: 7:45-10:45

  • Breakfast at Joe Walker 7:15-7:45 (optional)
  • Lunch: 10:35-11:05 (optional)

Second Session: 10:45-1:45

  • Lunch: 1:30-2:00 (optional)

Students eat at the end of their session and are released after they are finished eating.

Westside Academy School Uniform

Students in uniforms

Westside Academy is a uniform school. Please remember that all students MUST be in uniform, and all clothing that is worn in the classroom must comply including outerwear. Uniforms can be purchased at almost all local stores including K-Mart, Walmart, Target, and Gen-X. Here is a list of acceptable clothing.

Please note that students are not let into class out of uniform! We will try to reach you via telephone and/or email to bring a change of clothes. If we cannot reach you, your student will be working in an alternate location. It's important to check your child's clothing, because we make no exceptions to the policy after the first week of school.

  • PANTS: Uniform style long pants (dark blue or black). Blue jeans (Levis) are not allowed.
  • SHORTS: Uniform style "board" shorts (dark blue or black). These are the shorts that go below the knee. Regular shorts are not allowed.
  • SKIRTS: Uniform style skirts (dark blue or black). These are skirts that have built in shorts and are longer than regular shorts.
  • SHIRTS: Short sleeved, collared polo shirt with no logos (white or grey). A collared, button-up white dress shirt is also allowed.
  • SWEATSHIRTS: Sweatshirt with no logo (dark blue, black, white, grey). Sweatshirts can be pull-over or zip up. Students should have a sweatshirt available even in hot weather due to the airflow from the A/C vents.
  • OUTDOOR COATS: There are no restriction on heavy coats, but coats cannot be worn indoors.
  • SOCKS: Socks should be a solid color.
  • SHOES: No flip flops, sandals without backs, or house slippers are allowed.


Attendance Policy

Attendance Policy checkmarks

Students at Westside Academy are on an Independent Study contract for the school year, but we expect most students to attend school daily and to do a minimum of one hour of their online studies from home each day as homework. We can easily arrange for modified attendance based on a student's needs, but supporting work is mandatory to issue attendance credit. Students who do not attend school daily, and do not work from home, will be marked absent. Students who are continually absent are subject to return to their home school.

Please be aware that students are REQUIRED to attend school for all testing days, and they will not receive attendance credit if they miss school during their testing window.


  • Students should know how they are getting home daily and have the proper amount of money if they are taking the city bus.
  • Students must leave campus immediately. Students are not allowed to be in the park next door before or after school, even if their school day has ended. This was a request from park personnel and our neighboring school. The sheriff regularly patrols the park. In the past, deputies have ticketed students from Westside Academy for truancy when found in the park during school hours.


  • Cell phones and devices
    All phones must be off and away. Students may not keep cell phones on vibrate without prior permission.
  • Cell phones must be stored in the student's backpack, which is kept with them at their seat.
  • If a student does not have a backpack, cell phones are stored in a locked file cabinet for security.
  • Students may not have their cellphones during class or lunch unless given specific permission to do so for that specific day.
  • Students may NEVER take photos at school.
  • Please see the handbook, which is available in the "Student Life" section, for specific information about the cell phone policy.


  • Get in the game with school lunch!
    CLICK HERE to access menus and online meal apps on the School Nutrition website. If you have a CalFresh number, have that number handy.
  • ALL students who are on free/reduced need to fill out a new application each year. Your qualification will carry over from last year, but will end at the end of August. If a new application has not been received by that time, meals will be charged, so be sure and reapply ASAP at the beginning of each new school year.
  • If your child will be regularly eating at school, it is suggested that you set up an account in "Meal Pay" so they have money on their account. Your child's account number does not change as you move to different schools in the district.
  • Optional breakfast is offered in the Joe Walker cafeteria at 7:25.
  • An optional lunch period is available at the end of their session (10:45 & 1:45).
  • If you would like to apply for the meal program, you can apply online. Go to the district website, click on "Child Nutrition". On the next page, there is a big "meal application" icon on the left side. Click on that. On the next page, click on the text that says "online meal application".
  • Just follow the prompts to fill out the application. If you have a CalFresh number, have that number handy.

Student Handbook

First page of the PDF file: Student_Handbook


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