Dear ESUSD Parents, Community and Staff,
At an emergency board meeting of the El Segundo Unified School District (ESUSD) Board of Education on March 17, 2020, the Board affirmed my action to declare a state of emergency for ESUSD. The declared resolution at the link below mirrors similar ones approved at the national, state, and local levels, and renders ESUSD eligible for future assistance, lifts spending restrictions and expands the District’s ability to move quickly in response to this evolving situation. The link to the Emergency Resolution is below:
On March 4, 2020, Governor Gavin Newsom declared a statewide emergency arising from the Coronavirus (COVID-19), and the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors and the Department of Public Health declared the existence of a local and public health emergency arising from the Coronavirus. The Los Angeles County Office of Education advised all school districts to prepare for school closures resulting from the Coronavirus outbreak. On March 12, 2020, Governor Newsom issued an executive order directing Californians to cancel large public gatherings (over 250 people) and to enforce social distancing. On March 13, 2020, the Los Angeles County Office of Education recommended school closure in response to COVID-19.
ESUSD Board Policy 3516.5 delegates board authority to the Superintendent to close schools and any necessary actions when emergencies warrant such action. The purpose of this emergency resolution is to express support and confidence in the actions of the Superintendent during this emergency.
On March 17, 2020, the school district took measures to secure school campuses and the District office by significantly limiting the number of staff reporting to work at ESUSD locations in an effort to reduce risk of exposure to COVID-19. Site administrators and support staff will be on site from 8 a.m. to 12 p.m., Monday through Friday. Afternoon communications will be managed remotely. We ask parents and the public to avoid unnecessary person-to-person interactions; meetings will be by appointment only and primarily handled through remote means. Please limit school business to phone and email communication when possible.
I want to thank each member of the ESUSD faculty and staff for your hard work and patience as we address the challenges posed by the COVID-19 outbreak. Thank you for your teamwork and collaboration to provide valuable input during these challenging times.
To ESUSD families, please continue to practice all the health safety measures being imparted from our national, state, and local governments. I will continue to keep you updated on ESUSD’s response to this rapidly changing situation, as well provide resources for remote learning and coping tools.
Melissa Moore, Ed.D.
El Segundo Unified School District