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March 16, 2020 Dear CSS Community, I hope that this communication finds all of our families healthy and that you and your children are managing to find joy during this stressful time. Our staff and administration have been gathering resources to support learning and fun in your household. Know that we will continue to share information regarding this school closure as soon as we receive it to minimize misinformation and rumors. All of our CSS teachers have been working hard today to prepare valuable lessons and resources for our students in addition to distributing assignments to parents. Students have begun accessing their assignments online and we are beginning to learn from the experience. Our students are amazingly adaptable internet users and have already learned to use Google Classroom to chat with one another. While we understand our students’ desire to connect, please let your children know that they should only be sending messages to their teacher during online learning. We are also mindful that not all families have access to the internet in their homes. Charter Cable and Comcast have announced that free internet (and installation) will be available to any families of school aged kids for 60 days. Companies are also opening internet hotspots for public use free of charge. Information is available by clicking on the links below: Spectrum Free Internet Comcast Free Internet If you know of a family that may be in need, please let me know and our ESUSD team will reach out to provide support. There are a plethora of educational resources available for students and adults, many of which are offering free access for the duration of school closures around the country. Here are a few that we shared with faculty. Libby/Overdrive for electronic or audio books using your library card ES Library Link ES Library Resources Link to CSS Library Page BrainPop Freckle (Grades 3-5) CalSNAP https://media.lacoe.edu/Home.aspx There are many resources available to our students here, including BrainPop and Kahn Academy Login: center Password: student Vooks parent resources Week 1 Week 2 Many parents came to school today to pick up assignments and resources for their students. Although our school is closed, Mr. Olesiuk and I will be in the office tomorrow. We will facilitate the pickup of assignments, books, ChromeBooks, etc. until 12 noon. After that time we will not be accessing teachers’ classrooms. Please arrange a pickup time tomorrow morning with your child’s teacher via email. I feel very fortunate to be a part of this very supportive community and know that you will all be there for one another throughout this challenging time. I hope that you find the time to read together as a family, play board games and card games, enjoy time outdoors and cook with your children. Please feel free to contact me via email at firstname.lastname@example.org and remember that your children are resilient. They are Cougars and Cougars CARE! Sláinte, Martha Monahan, Ed.D. Principal Click: Read Full Story for Links
Dear Center Street Families, With the health and safety of our students and families as our top priority, effective Monday, March 16, 2020, we will transition to remote instruction through April 3rd. Spring break is still scheduled for April 6th-10th. We understand the uncertainty and many questions that our families have regarding our plans to provide educational programs to our students during the school dismissal. Each child’s teacher will be emailing families or sending home information this afternoon or Monday morning on how they will continue to provide instruction through online platforms as well as offline activities. As you plan to support your child at home, know that it will be important to set aside ample time to complete the assignments that your child’s teacher provides. All teachers will be available via email during the hours of 8:30am - 2:00pm to answer any questions. Our teachers may also be accessible through video calls (FaceTime, Google Meet, etc.) as appropriate and necessary. Please contact Dr. Monahan or Mr. Olesiuk if you do not have internet access and/or a device that your child may use at home so that alternative arrangements may be made to ensure access to instructional materials. An important reminder is that the El Segundo Unified School District Technology and User Agreement still applies during the closure. Please monitor your child’s online activities. TLC before and after school care will also be closed. If your child participates in this program you will receive communication from them in the near future regarding tuition and payments. Please note that during this school closure, students should not be on campus for any reason. You will receive additional updates regarding possible extensions as information becomes available. This is a fluid situation and our district will continue to consult with the Los Angeles County Department of Education and the California Department of Public Health to determine the best measures to ensure our students are safe. We know that dismissing students has a significant impact on all of our families and we will provide as much support as we can. Thank you for your support and flexibility during this time as we all navigate how to safeguard our students and staff at our schools. Warm regards and wishing everyone health and wellness, Dr. Monahan, Principal
Dear Families, We are actively monitoring the COVID-19 situation and taking every precaution for our students and families. Please see Dr. Moore’s email below for the most recent up to date information. All of our directives are coming from Dr. Moore, who is closely in touch with the California Department of Public Health (CDPH) and LA County Office of Education (LACOE). As we receive updates, we will share the information with our families. For now, here are specific examples of how we are responding at our schools - Lunches are being staggered across the grade levels in order to promote social distancing - All large gatherings are being postponed (ie: Kinder Orientation, school assemblies) - All field trips and school assemblies have been postponed until after April 13th - Teachers and staff are self screening for fever and/ or respiratory symptoms each morning before coming to school - Students displaying respiratory issues or fever are being sent home We have worked with all of our staff on the importance of disinfecting all areas, specifically high touch areas - Tables and desks are being cleared and disinfected by custodial staff every afternoon, in addition to throughout the day by teachers - The Computer Lab has been closed in order to minimize the spread of germs - Students are given class time to wash hands before snack, lunch, and throughout the day - Noon supervisors are offering hand sanitizer as students enter the lunch area - Teachers are being given tools and time to craft virtual learning, should we move to school dismissal or closure - Books from the school library will be made available to students to check out so they have an ample supply of reading material in the case of school dismissal or closure Please know that our first priority is the safety and health of our students and staff. We are intentional about every decision toward this end, as well as continuing reevaluating our routine practices based upon the most current information regarding COVID-19. You can support us in these efforts by doing the following: Please keep students home who have a fever or are having respiratory issues and wait 24 hours after fever is gone before returning to school (no doctor’s notes are needed) - Practice thorough hand washing for 20 seconds at home: Attached is a great video to watch with your children about how to wash your hands. - Practice calm conversations with your children regarding COVID-19 We appreciate your support as we endeavor to remain agile in this ever evolving situation, while we keep “business as usual” with our excellent student learning models for the benefit of all. We will keep you updated as we receive updates from Dr. Moore and the DPH. Sincerely, Dr. Lee & Dr. Monahan RSS & CSS Principals Message from our Superintendent Dear Parent/Guardian: On March 5th, I sent a communication regarding Coronavirus (COVID-19). We are continuing to closely monitor notices from the Center for Disease Control (CDC), the L.A. County Department of Public Health (DPH) , and the L.A. County Office of Education on the status of the disease and what schools should do in the event of an infectious outbreak in our community. I apologize for the length of this communication, but there is a wealth of information important to share. Effective immediately, important mitigation measures are now in effect in ESUSD. State of COVID-19 As of the time of this writing, Los Angeles County has confirmed another case of COVID-19 with unknown exposure. This makes for a total of two cases of community transmission, putting us in Scenario II of the California Department of Public Health School Guidance on Novel Coronavirus or COVID-19 as outlined below. Scenario II: Measures to be taken if there are two or more community transmission cases of COVID-19, but no individuals within the school test positive. If the local public health department has confirmed two or more community transmission cases, but no individuals (staff or students) at the school have tested positive for COVID19, in addition to the items outlined in Phase I, LACDPH recommends school administrators implement the following steps. ESUSD’s specific actions are noted in bold font: Teachers and staff with any fever and/or respiratory infection symptoms should not come to work. Teachers and staff should self-screen (i.e., check themselves for subjective fever and/or respiratory symptoms such as cough) for respiratory infection symptoms each morning before interacting with students. ESUSD’s current sick leave policies allow for teachers and staff to stay home if they have symptoms of respiratory infection. Our employees understand the COVID-19 pandemic is an ever-evolving situation and will err on the side of caution and are directed to stay home if ill. Limit visitors to the school by not allowing those with symptoms of fever and/or respiratory infection or who have a travel history over the course of the last 14 days to an area identified by the CDC as Level 3 Travel Health Notice. ESUSD values and appreciates our countless volunteers who support our educational program. Volunteers scheduled to be in a classroom are directed to also self-screen for fever and/or respiratory symptoms such as cough each morning. If a volunteer is not feeling well, he/she is directed to notify the teacher and remain at home.. In addition, volunteers who have traveled over the course of the last 14 days to an area identified by the CDC as a Level 3 Travel Health Notice should also remain home. Consider alternates to congregate or group programming within the school including any large or communal activities such as assemblies. Alternate approaches which limit close contact may include conducting assemblies via webcasts or intercom announcements. ESUSD has suspended any assemblies, student performance or communal activities within our schools through April 13th. We will re-evaluate this practice at that point in time to determine if we need to extend the suspension based upon information received from LACOE and L.A. County Department of Public Health. ESUSD commends PTA Council for taking a leadership role by planning to meet virtually next week. Consider implementing staggered recess times to limit the number of students who are together; and, if possible, group recess by classrooms. (Also consider staggered lunch times.) ESUSD principals will ensure that large groups of over 250 students do not congregate in any one area at a time. Consider relaxing requirements for a doctor’s note for the child to return to school after illness. ESUSD will be instituting this practice. However, as educators, we are not qualified to assess your student’s medical condition and will refer parents to consult with Public Health or a medical professional when necessary. Field Trips LACOE has recommended to limit non-essential travel for students and staff on a short-term basis. Effective immediately, ESUSD will suspend school and district-sponsored field trips through April 13th as well. At this point in time, El Segundo High School athletics are not impacted. School Closures or Dismissal Los Angeles County superintendents are participating in a weekly call with Los Angeles County Office of Education. The county office provides support to all school districts within the county. Los Angeles County Public Health will contact, assess and work directly with individual school districts to determine if a school dismissal or school closure is necessary. LACOE has advised that the current understanding is that DPH would recommend closing a school if there is a confirmed case of COVID-19 at a school. Currently, there are no cases of any individuals with COVID-19 in ESUSD. Thus, at this time we will not be closing schools but are monitoring daily and determine the need for school dismissal or closure as follows: School Dismissal – School facilities are kept open for staff, while students stay home. Teachers would develop and deliver lessons to maintain continuity of learning. School Closure – School is closed, and all students and staff remain at home. Teachers would provide lessons for students. Impact to The Learning Connection (TLC) Childcare Program – If school dismissal or closure is ordered at a location where one of the programs is hosted, the District has been advised that TLC there would also be required to close. Maintenance Practices Our custodians have shifted their focus and prioritized the cleaning and sanitizing of commonly touched surfaces in our schools. Every night, our staff are cleaning and sanitizing, to the highest degree possible, frequently touched surfaces including desks, cabinet tops, water fountains, faucets and doorknobs. We recognize and thank our custodians for making this shift and helping keep our entire school community safe. Contingency Plans: In Case of School Closures The CDC recently shared that COVID-19 has been spreading in communities in the U.S., and that preparations for possible school closures that could last weeks or longer should begin now. We are working with County school and health officials to establish protocols for our schools in the event of a closure. I have every reason to believe that if a school closure is directed by the County Department of Public Health, that ESUSD will receive funding for these days. On March 6th, our principals and teachers worked collaboratively to prepare lessons and plans regarding alternative learning plans. Secondary students (Grades 6th-12th) will work mostly virtually. Elementary students will have assignments developed by teachers that they can do at home. Hopefully we will not have to utilize the contingency plans, but if we do, we will be ready. Precautions and Recommended Practices In closing, students and school staff should go about their daily lives, practice, and same precautions they normally take during cold and flu season. As with other respiratory illnesses, there are daily steps that everyone can do to reduce the risk of getting sick or infecting others with circulating viruses: Staff and students who are ill should remain home. Persons who have been ill should stay home and be fever-free for 24 hours without fever-reducing medication before returning to school. Please abide by this. It is critical in prevention. I have witnessed first-hand how it makes others feel when there is a sick student or staff member on campus. Please follow this guideline! In addition to being fever-free, the County has recently advised that students and staff be free of a "productive moist cough spewing respiratory droplets." Persons who have such a cough should stay home and be cough-free before returning to school. Wash hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, especially after going to the bathroom, before eating, and after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing. Help young children do the same. If soap and water are not readily available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol. Avoid touching eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands. If possible, limit close contact with people who are sick. Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces. Cover coughs or sneezes with a tissue or sleeve (not your hands). Get a flu shot – it’s not too late to be protected against influenza. ESUSD will continue to monitor the situation and provide updates as needed. I wish all our families, teachers, and staff good health. You can get the most accurate information on the DPH website here. Thank you for your support of our school community. Take care, Melissa Moore, Ed.D. Superintendent El Segundo Unified School District
Center Street School has been named a California Green Ribbon School. PTA president, Tracey Miller-Zarneke and our principal, Ms. Monahan, accepted our Bronze Level award from State Superintendent of Instruction Tom Torlakson at a statewide event. Changes that we have made to our practices, including: recycling, composting, eliminating single use water bottles, planting drought tolerant gardens, encouraging walking to school and trash free lunches all contributed to our eligibility for this award. Only 17 public schools in California received the CA Green Ribbon School Award - so we feel very proud of our accomplishment. Our Green Team and all of the ecologically minded faculty, parents and staff continue to build earth consciousness in the next generation of citizens of our planet.
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