Dear TUSD Families,
We hope this communication finds you and your family healthy and doing well. Over the summer and since the academic year began, we have continued to plan and prepare for the eventual return of our students to their classrooms. At the end of September, within guidelines set by Los Angeles County Department of Public Health (LACDPH), we were able to welcome back a limited number of students to our campuses for in-person learning and special services. Over the past six weeks, nearly 800 students have been attending small learning cohorts (Special Education, English Language Learners, Homeless, Foster Youth, and other students). Additionally, over 400 student-athletes have returned for small group conditioning with their teammates and coaches at each high school.
At last night’s meeting, our Board gave direction to bring back our TK-K and 1st grade students to begin in-person instruction. These classes would continue to follow the current Blended AM/PM schedule. We will be expanding our TK-1 focused Working Group to finalize plans related to reopening for these younger students. We are anticipating a return to school for TK and K students on December 7 and after winter break for 1st graders. Additional information with an important questionnaire will be sent to TK-1 parents from school principals by tomorrow.
In addition, the Board also decided to apply for a TK-2 waiver from L.A. County DPH. This would allow us to bring back 2nd grade students as well. The waiver process prioritizes schools with higher percentages of “free and reduced lunch” counts (TUSD’s percentage ranges from 10%-61% depending on the school site) and allows for only ten schools each week to be considered within the 4th District of the County Board of Supervisors. TUSD has 17 elementary schools and we cannot anticipate the timing of when our elementary schools will be approved for the waiver. We will keep parents informed of further details as we move through the process.
We are working with public health orders to bring back students as we are allowed to do so, safely. We will continue to prepare for the return of more grades as those processes are approved by L.A. County DPH. Thank you for continuing to support and partner with us to give your students the best education possible in the current environment.
Tim Stowe, Ed. D.
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