Dear ESUSD Families, Employees and Community,
With Los Angeles County entering the Red Tier this week, the reopening of hybrid school for sixth through twelfth grade is imminent! Our Secondary School Reopening Task Force has developed a schedule that meets the physical distancing and stable group requirements outlined in the
I would like to provide an update regarding all of ESUSD’s re-opening efforts:
I would also like to congratulate ESHS principal, assistant principal and activities director, the faculty and student leaders for the successful return of our Seniors as well on March 8th. Board President Tracey Miller-Zarneke, Vice President Emilee Layne and Member Dieema Wheaton stopped by to greet students with me and feel the excitement in the air. Students were grouped in pods of 14 and participated in reimagined Senior activities planned by their fellow classmates. The inflatable eagle was out front and many commented how great it was to hear the drumline for the first time in a year! This extraordinary event was featured on Good Day LA and will continue on specially scheduled Mondays throughout the school year.
Return of All Secondary Students to Hybrid School
A special Board meeting is scheduled for March 18th at 6:30 pm when the Board of Education will be hearing a presentation from Dr. Melissa Gooden, Chairperson of the Secondary Reopening Task Force and Principal at El Segundo High School, regarding reopening hybrid school for sixth through twelfth grade. While we have reached a long-awaited milestone in the school reopening process, it is important to note that we are in the Red Tier with substantial levels of community transmission. Thus, all school districts are required to follow the
- Students are required to wear face coverings at all times while at school
- Stable groups limit student and teacher exposures
- Physical distancing of at least six feet is used in classrooms or at a minimum, spacing is four feet with partitions
- A block schedule has been used to reduce the number of courses in-person a student participates in on any one day and minimizes interactions
- Outdoor tents have been installed and ventilation systems have been assessed
- Hand hygiene is promoted through use of hand sanitizer or hand washing
- Staggered arrival times and passing periods have been established
- Directional hallways and stairwells have been labeled
- Assigned seating of students assists in the event contract tracing is necessary
- Symptom and close contact exposure screening will occur daily
- All students will be able to participate in the Grab and Go lunch program at the conclusion upon dismissal from hybrid school
- ESUSD offers weekly COVID-19 testing for employees
Our required COVID-19 Safety Plan will be updated accordingly and needs to be accepted by Public Health. Stay tuned as information will be forthcoming from the high school and middle school principals regarding the transition schedule for students to return to campus the end of next week.
On March 1st, the vaccination distribution plan was opened up to all school district employees. We are grateful to the Beach Cities Health District for partnering with 11 local school districts to assist with vaccine distribution in the South Bay. I am pleased to share that vaccine distribution was faster than expected and 87% of all ESUSD employees have received their first vaccine. I believe that every ESUSD employee who wants a vaccine received the first dose and is scheduled for the second vaccine by the end of the month.
DPH Spring Break Travel Advisory
- Notify your school administration and/or child’s teacher if you plan to travel.
- California, even if you have a negative COVID-19 test.
Fields and Outdoor Space
At the March 9th Board meeting, the Board of Education approved the reopening of school fields. The Los Angeles County Department of Public Health recent authorization stated, “
ESUSD has never wavered in our commitment to safely reopen schools and has demonstrated that our health and safety protocols and practices work, as evident by no community transmission on campus.
With gratitude that we are in this together,
Melissa Moore, Ed.D.
El Segundo Unified School District