“Putting Kids First”
Dear Parents and Community Members,
PVPUSD Return to School Updates:
On Friday, January 8th, the Los Angeles Department of Public Health (LADPH) issued the following memo in which they strongly recommended that in-person instruction and activities for the month of January be suspended due to the surge in COVID cases in our region, with few exceptions based on high need student populations where virtual learning is not possible (click to view memo or see attachment).
As such, the district will remain in remote learning for our K-2 classes and our high school athletics programs until Monday, February 1st. High need programs, such as day care and identified special education classes, will reopen on January 19th.
Also on Friday, January 8th, Governor Newsom released his 2021 Budget Proposal, which included two billion dollars allocated to K-12 education, for elementary grades to offer in-person instruction, beginning in February (grades K-2) and March (grades 3-5). This funding and timeline, with local approvals, would allow for all elementary schools (K-5) to be open in a Hybrid Program by March of 2021.
Based on the governor's plan, and based on similar prioritization by our local county, our district's middle and high schools would be the next phase to return to school after K-5. Middle and high school programs would require revised health orders to accommodate expanded numbers of students in classes and on campus. The district continues to prepare for this possibility and is looking at ways to creatively and safely bring back middle and high school students to campus.
Educators have been identified in Phase 1B of the State's Vaccination Program and will begin receiving their vaccination shots in early February. This is very positive news. We are hopeful that the vaccination of educators in February will speed up the process of returning all students to school.
High School Clubs and Other Programs
Our high schools are working to develop a schedule for clubs and other programs to offer in-person learning opportunities at the appropriate time. These extracurricular programs would be offered after school and on weekends and would not be part of a formal class.
Alex Cherniss, Ed.D.
Superintendent of Schools
Palos Verdes Peninsula Unified School District
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