Dear ESUSD Families, Staff and Community,
The purpose of my communication is to provide an update regarding important actions the Board of Education approved on Tuesday, October 13th that may impact students and staff in particular grades.
Transitional Kindergarten through Second Grade (TK-2) Waiver
On October 23rd, I submitted the applications for Center Street and Richmond Street Schools for a TK-2 waiver. If a school’s waiver is approved, it would allow students in TK-2 who did not choose the full distance learning option to return for in-person hybrid instruction. I am pleased to share that the complete applications included all of the following items:
- Required Letter of Support from El Segundo Teachers Association, the exclusive representative for certificated employees in ESUSD
- Required Letter of Support from California School Employees Association and Its Chapter #71, the exclusive representative for classified personnel in ESUSD
- Required Parent Teacher Associations at Richmond and Center Street Schools
- Recommended Letter of Support from the following community partners:
- City of El Segundo
- El Segundo Chamber of Commerce
- El Segundo Education Foundation
- School Waiver Application Cover Sheet
- A completed Los Angeles County Department of Public Health K-12 reopening protocol checklist
I am grateful to all of these organizations for their support. ESUSD is one of a select few school districts in Los Angeles County to have obtained the required letters of support from both labor partners and PTA units for each school. In El Segundo it takes a village who is committed to our school district, and I truly appreciate the overwhelming support expressed in letters from our El Segundo City Council, Chamber of Commerce and Ed! Foundation as well!
The Los Angeles County Department of Public Health (LACDPH) has confirmed receipt of both applications and informed me that the initial review process will take approximately three weeks. During this timeframe, LACDPH will review the submissions for completion, collect and sort the applications by Supervisorial District, prioritize school applications by higher percentages of students qualifying for free and reduced meals, and consult with California Department of Public Health. The week of November 23rd is a scheduled break and thus, the best-case scenario if all goes in our favor is a projected start date of November 30th. It is important to note that the possibility exists that our applications will get waitlisted and are reconsidered each week.
Start of Limited Specialized Groups
I am also pleased to announce that ESUSD will begin offering limited in-person services for the first wave of high needs hybrid students starting next week. We are preparing to bring back the second wave of students starting the week of November 30th. You may see select students attending school at Center Street, El Segundo Middle and El Segundo High Schools. Identified Richmond Street students for the first wave have been assigned a classroom at the high school during the month of November and will return to Richmond when construction on the main building is complete. Stay tuned as principals are identifying additional students who may benefit from small group in-person hybrid instruction for specialized groups.
Reopening Limited Outdoor High School Sports Conditioning
You will also see select high school students returning to the high school in the afternoon for sports conditioning. Unfortunately, poor air quality from the fires in Orange County required us to cancel the limited sports conditioning for high school athletes a couple of days this week.
In closing, I would like to share a piece of good news. Congratulations to Phuong Uzoff, Project Lead the Way Teacher at Richmond Street School, for receiving a California Credit Union grant of $500 to support her Dream Builders project! Dr. Uzoff was one of ten teachers in Los Angeles County selected to receive the grant due to her amazing creativity and passion she brings to her virtual classroom. ESUSD is fortunate to be a destination school district due to the talented team of educators who work at our schools. Dr. Uzoff serves as one stellar example.
With gratitude that we are in this together,
Melissa Moore, Ed.D.
El Segundo Unified School District