Yesterday afternoon we had our weekly call with Dr. Barbara Ferrer and the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health regarding the current guidance for elementary schools and the overall spread of the virus. I am sure many of you heard the media reports that Dr. Barbara Ferrer is strongly urging and asking K-12 schools not to gather for in-person learning for the next several weeks.
As cases remain high and the current surge ongoing, we remain committed to protecting our students, our families, our faculty and our staff by doing everything in our power to minimize the spread.
Therefore, we have made the decision to continue with the distance learning program for our 1st – 5th grade for at least one more week. There will be no in-person learning for 1st-5th for the week of January 11th. While we know it is not ideal for our 1st through 5th grades to be online, they have shown tremendous grit, resiliency and an amazing work ethic during these challenging times.
Our ECE and Kindergarten will remain in person as we begin next week, but we are consulting with the Health Department, medical experts and our colleagues in other schools regarding a decision about both divisions of the school going forward for these upcoming weeks.
In addition to the travel quarantine, we want to point out that the State’s current Regional Stay at Home Order,requires that you do not gather at all with anyone outside of your household. This applies to playdates, enrichment classes, birthday celebrations, masked and distanced visits – everything except for essential activities. If you are engaging in these types of activities and gathering with those outside of your household you should quarantine:
We recognize how challenging this is and we appreciate your help. It remains our primary objective to provide in person learning for our students, but we continue to need your assistance. We are working hard to keep our school open, but this can only continue to occur through our collective partnership and communal responsibility.
Please know that we do not take these decisions lightly and are always taking into consideration the health and safety of our students, teachers, staff, and families.