As we move toward our goals of a safe return to in-person instruction for our students, we thought it would be important to tell you about our progress on having our campus ready! In today’s letter, I hope to give you a sense of the scope and breadth of our work in this area.
As you are now aware, we have relied on the leadership and guidance of:
The Los Angeles County Health Department Protocols and Procedures
The Department of Social Services Guidelines
Our observations and discussions with other schools’ as they have re-opened
As we continue our research and conversations with experts in the field, we also continue to work to complete the list of things that need to be accomplished on campus. This preparation includes things like producing and installing signage, equipment modifications, ordering and modifying new portable handwashing stations, ordering and stockpiling of PPE Equipment, ordering of COVID compliant cleaning supplies and equipment for application of those supplies, training sessions for faculty and staff, ordering of technology for teaching, on-campus physical distancing and contact tracing, taking temperatures, and apps for completion of mandatory daily health screenings. Click here for a visual experience!
According to the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health’s current order, all K-12 schools in California counties that are in Tier 1 of the State’s Framework for Recovery, including Los Angeles County, are prohibited from reopening for in-person instruction except to address the needs of students requiring specialized support and services, primarily special education services and services provided to ESL students or those with special needs. In compliance with this order and except for students needing specific services provided on the campus, K-12 schools in Los Angeles County may open only for remote learning. During this period, employees and staff may report to the school campus for work in order to support essential operations, implementation of remote learning, and to serve children whoqualify for specialized services. Waivers for the opening of elementary (TK through grade 6) education are not currently being offered or permitted.
Additionally, according to the same guidance, the reopening protocol for K-12 Schools indicates that even schools permitted to serve special needs students are only able to have up to 10% of the total student body on campus at any one time. We continue to look forward to the day that we are able to welcome students back on campus. Unfortunately, we aren’t there yet. We will keep you informed as things develop.
Photo Day Success We were thrilled to see so many of you this weekend for our Drive-Through School Photo Days last weekend! Almost 300 students came to campus excited, wearing masks, and keeping their distance. Stay tuned as we will schedule a make-up day for those of you who would like to participate! Additionally, we are also already starting to receive great photos from families who are choosing to submit photos instead.
Community Engagement and Education: Social Justice & Equity Please join us for our event with Dean Pedro Noguera of the USC Rossier School of Education. The focus of this conversation will be 'Talking About Race: Overcoming Racism in Schools'. We have invited the Heads of School of the other California independent schools to join our seminar. Please make sure that you join us next Wednesday, October 14th at 7:30 pm. This is sure to be an interesting and enlightening experience for all of us! All adult Center community members are invited to join us for this important discussion.
Remote Learning Pulse Check Parents, please remember to complete your Remote Learning Pulse Check survey which was shared via email. Your feedback is important and will help us continue to enhance our remote learning program.
Pre-Election Activities Our activities and discussions with students as we are rapidly approaching Election Day continue. We are making preparations for our own age-appropriate elections for students. Click here to see the wonderful “VOTE” postcards Penny’s students are designing. They have an important reminder on the reverse side that says, “I am an upper elementary age student in Los Angeles. Our state has recently been devastated by wildfires and we believe in Climate Change as a threat to the water we drink and the air we breathe. Please VOTE.”
We hope that all of you will enjoy the extra day this weekend and find time to relax with family.
Please remember that you will receive a link for our next morning assembly which will be on Tuesday, October 13th since we are closed on Monday. Remember also to remind your children to wear their masks for the beginning of the assembly. One of the important things we learned in speaking with our Pediatric Consultant this week is that parents who model wearing their masks will help younger children feel better about wearing their own masks. A little practice at home wearing, putting on, and taking off masks will be enormously helpful when students return to campus.
While we cannot be together in person, CEE students are engaging in learning and curriculum from home. Core and specialist teachers are teaching live (“synchronous”) online class sessions in full groups and small breakout learning groups. Lessons include both online and physical coursework, and social and one-on-one teacher/student interaction is built into the remote learning schedule each week. Learn more on our remote learning page.
Support is available for students and families suffering from stress, anxiety, or depression during this challenging period. For additional information and resources, please visit our health and wellness page.
The Center values Service Learning and Community Service as integral to our core values. Now, more than ever, service is needed!
The CEE Parent Community Service committee has compiled an extensive list of ways to serve the community (log in to view Covid-19 resources). Please reach out to the Community Service Chairs at email@example.com if you would like to get involved or share another opportunity to help.
Reopening and Reentry
The 2020-21 school year is currently underway in remote learning mode.
For the most recent updates about our campus closure, please view updates from Reveta Bowers, Interim Head of School, on the left.
The Center for Early Education, a socio-economically and culturally diverse independent school for children, toddlers through grade six, strives to graduate students who are joyful, resilient, life-long learners. The Center embraces a philosophy of education that combines a nurturing, inclusive learning environment with an increasingly challenging academic program that addresses the developmental needs of each child.