Dear ESUSD Parents and Community,
Today was the first day of ESUSD’s school closure and launch of remote learning to help reduce the spread of the coronavirus both locally and as a statewide effort. All ESUSD school sites are closed from March 16 through April 3, 2020, followed by spring break April 6-10. Just as a point of clarification, during spring break, there will be no teachers on virtual/remote duty.
During this unprecedented time, we plan to provide information, tools, and resources to help ESUSD families navigate remote learning, and hopefully ease stress and anxiety for all family members.
All secondary teachers in sixth through twelfth grade will reach out to students today. All elementary teachers will be sending out a communication to parents today. We recognize that this is new for all of us involved. We recognize that troubleshooting issues will likely need to occur. Thus, I would like to cover whom to contact with questions or concerns regarding remote learning. Your first contact should remain your child’s teacher(s). If the situation involves an issue such as student well-being, due increased stress or anxiety or difficulty managing assignments, it would be appropriate to contact the school’s counselor. If the situation is not resolved with the teacher, then contact the school’s principal or assistant principal. If you or your child have any need for technology support or assistance, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org. Below please find a list outlining counselors’, site administrators’, and district administrators’ email contact information.
The tip I’d like to share today provides some recommendations, courtesy of ESUSD’s wellness partner South Bay families Connected, for creating normalcy and connection for students during this period of remote learning. The article at the link below includes tips from experts on how to discuss coronavirus with your children, develop a daily schedule, address your own anxiety, and create a productive home environment.
We are all in this together. May we all practice health safety measures, patience, social consciousness, and compassion as we navigate these next several weeks.
Melissa Moore, Ed.D.
El Segundo Unified School District
3/16/20; updated 3/21/20