Superintendent's Message Regarding 7/13/20 Los Angeles County Department of Public Health Order on School Reopening Protocol

July 15, 2020

 

Dear ESUSD Parents, Employees and Community,

Yesterday, the health order from the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health (LACDPH) was released to the public.  The health order clearly outlines the initial reopening protocols that ESUSD will be required to follow, as this is an Order of the Health Officer and not simply a recommendation or guidance document.

You probably heard the announcement that Los Angeles Unified School District intends to open school next month with Distance Learning only. With August 26th as ESUSD’s first day of school, I believe it is premature to make a change in our course of action at this point in time. Thus, it remains our school district’s intent to offer both a Hybrid Learning and a Full Distance Learning options this fall. However, LACDPH stressed to all school districts that the school district’s ability to offer a Hybrid option may not be allowed when school begins and school districts may be required to offer Distance Learning only to all students TK through 12th grade until COVID-19 cases stabilize.

I will continue to monitor this situation and will update you, if such a shift to Distance Learning only is mandated. I implore each of you to do your part by wearing your face covering and avoiding the three C’s: Crowded places, Confined spaces, Close contact with others not in your household.

Our administrators and teachers are actively planning for both scenarios: Hybrid and Distance Learning.  Although we continue to hope for the best, we must remain responsible and plan for the worst. The safety of our students and staff is nonnegotiable. Thank you for your patience, grace and understanding as we navigate this extraordinary challenge ahead.

With gratitude that we are in this together,

Melissa Moore, Ed.D.

Superintendent

El Segundo Unified School District