Updates from the Interim Head of School

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  • Letter from Reveta Bowers (7/31)

    Dear CEE Community,
    This week we are unveiling our new remote learning programs and schedule details. Nassim Shandy, our Director of Teaching and Learning, and Matt Arguello, Director of Innovation, have worked tirelessly this entire summer developing our remote and hybrid learning scenarios and working with Program Administrators to schedule planning and training sessions for the return of our faculty next week. As we begin our final days of preparation for the beginning of the new school year remotely, we owe thanks to so many others who have been on campus for much of the summer in the offices, and on our tech and facilities teams working diligently on preparations without really knowing how the school year would begin.
     
    Our intent is to begin this year engaging with students and families fully as their new teachers get to know the students in their classes. We, like all of you, are fully aware of the uncertainty and sense of displacement this virus has caused in our lives. Your children long to be with friends and we will do everything we can to make the beginning of this new year feel joyful, hopeful, and engaging. 
     
    We are also working under the guidance of a world-renowned epidemiologist advising us on our reopening plans, the return of faculty, and the preparations of our campus for the return of students. Although the COVID-19 data in and around Los Angeles seems to be beginning to plateau, we are not yet seeing the positive trend lines we need to see to be confident about bringing back our students, thus the reason for our students’ remote start to the school year. 
     
    Our COVID Response Board Subcommittee and Internal COVID Response committee are both continuing their work as supplies arrive and important modifications to signs and furniture arrangements are taking place across the campus. Nothing has changed in our determination to be guided by the data and the regulations from the County Health Department, the state and the CDC. With the faculty’s return next week, we will be involved in programmatic professional development as well as initial training on the important health and safety protocols necessary for the safety and wellbeing of our community members. I know that as you hear from us, you are also hearing what other schools are doing in preparation for the start of their school year. Our actions will only be guided by what is right for The Center, its staff, students and families.
     
    Lots of documents will be coming your way next week. On Monday, you will receive your accurate class lists by grade level. Please understand that we will not be taking any requests for changes or making any alterations to class lists unless we go to our wait pool to fill unforeseen vacancies. Individual grade level meetings were completed today and there are now links on the Parent Resource Board for recordings of those meetings. As stated at those meetings, you will be updated regularly about supplies and when they will be ready for collection on campus. We will also be sending you Remote Learning Norms to guide student engagement for our older elementary students detailing standards for their participation in remote learning. Toward the middle of the week, we will send you a calendar of important school and vacation dates. With our earlier than usual start to this school year, we hope that you will appreciate having the entire week of Thanksgiving for vacation this year.  

    Please enjoy the remaining days of your summer. We look forward to kicking off a new year filled with enthusiasm, connection, engagement, and stimulation for all of your children. Thank you for your questions during our grade level sessions and your helpful comments about the new schedules and programs. We will be preparing information about After School Program opportunities in several weeks.
     
    Your trust and belief in our school and its mission are very important and we value the understanding and acceptance you have shown in the difficult decisions we have made and will have to make going forward. I remain committed to working with our board and our entire staff to make decisions in the best interests of our community. 
     
    Yours truly,
     
    Reveta Bowers
    Interim Head of School

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Reopening and Reentry

We have moved the first day of the 2020-21 school year 2 weeks early. Our new first day of 2020-21 will be August 18. 

On July 17, Interim Head of School Reveta Bowers announced that students will begin the school year in August remotely.
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.