RBUSD COVID-19 Updates


November 24, 2020

Hello, RBUSD Learning Community:

Happy Thanksgiving.  Today, we received confirmation that our Transition Kindergarten through Second Grade (TK-2) waiver was approved by the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health (LACDPH).  LACDPH approved all eight elementary schools.  This will allow our TK-2 students to return to campus for our hybrid program if that is the desire of the parent(s)/guardian(s).  We are already in the process of returning our TK-K students to campus the week of December 14.  At this time, we do not have a confirmed start date for grades 1-2.  At the December 8 Board meeting, the Board will select and confirm a start date for grades 1-2.  After the December 8 Board meeting, we will send all staff and parents a letter with the necessary details.

As you know, we have returned over 1,000 students to our campuses already and have a very successful health and safety protocol per the LACDPH directives.  We have had our Child Development Center program open since June and each week we improve our program, processes, and focus on safety for staff, students, and families.  Due to our CDC’s success, you will see nearly identical processes and protocols in place for the TK-2 return.  A proven track-record, performed by our employees already, is a key asset moving forward.  We also continue to work closely with the LACDPH, especially given the recent surge of COVID-19 cases in LA County.

Over the last several weeks, we have already made steady progress moving furniture and supplies in our TK-2 classrooms, as well as implementing safety protocols, anticipating this news would arrive.

Have a happy and safe Thanksgiving.

Sincerely,

Steven E. Keller, Ed.D.
Proud Superintendent of Schools
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November 20, 2020
 
Dear RBUSD Learning Community:
 
On the heels of Thanksgiving, we would all be remiss not to thank the adults who have been driving this distance learning train from the beginning. Our parents and teachers have certainly been the heavy lifters since the beginning. Without your diligence and relentlessness, RBUSD’s 10,000 students’ learning experiences would have been greatly compromised. Thank you!
RBUSD is committed to continuing to provide high-quality instruction during the COVID-19 pandemic for each and every student. We understand that during this time, the needs of our students and families are unique and varied, which is why we are providing multiple instructional options for the 2020-21 school year. Over the past few months, we have listened carefully to feedback from the RBUSD community, and working collaboratively with our unions, have modified our instructional models to best fit the needs of our students.

  • Option 1: Hybrid Learning Model – Option 1 is a blend of in-person and distance learning, based on the cohort requirements and guidance from the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health (LACDPH). Under this model, students receive instruction from their classroom teacher, in-person 2-3 days per week, on a modified school day schedule. On non-campus days, students continue distance learning at home. Note: This model now includes students wishing to remain with their teacher and classroom, however health concerns prohibit a return to campus at this time. These students remain home on their assigned cohort days. With students in-person with the teacher, immediate accessibility to the teacher for students at home may be limited.
  • Option 2: 100% Online Learning/Schools PLP – Option 2 is a 100% virtual learning model wherein students are fully enrolled in a digital curriculum. This model is designed for families who do not intend to return their student to campus during the 2020-21 school year. This model runs similar to independent learning wherein students receive all instruction through the digital curriculum. Students are assigned to an online teacher who provides daily, live check-ins for attendance, social/emotional lessons, and intervention as needed. SchoolsPLP is unavailable for Transitional Kindergarten and Dual Immersion programs. This Option essentially remains the same.

Over the last week, we have upgraded our RBUSD website. We met with a few parents who provided excellent input and suggestions. We took many of their ideas and elevated our website’s information, its user friendliness, and we added a COVID-19 dashboard with updated information regarding RBUSD COVID-19 cases. You will also see each and every Reopening Think Tank agenda and attachment. To date, this is approximately 250 pages of detailed information to transparently share with our learning community. Finally, we have completely updated our RBUSD Reopening Plan. All of this is a click away at www.rbusd.org.

We continue to return students to our school sites slowly, methodically, and safely. We have returned over 1,000 students thus far. The next group to return will be our TK-K students the week of December 14. As of today, we have not heard any formal news from LACDPH regarding our TK-2 waiver, which now focuses on grades 1-2. When we learn more about the waiver from LACDPH, we will let you know. In the meantime, please take four minutes to watch our return to school video specific to our elementary school families https://youtu.be/CL9rYH0JIlk
Please enjoy your Thanksgiving safely. As we continue to highlight, it is the actions of the larger community that impact the level of reopening for schools. Let’s continue to work together to do all that we can to minimize the transmission of COVID-19 by practicing physical distancing, wearing a mask, washing our hands often, and using common sense this holiday season. Thank you.

Sincerely,

Steven E. Keller, Ed.D.
Proud Superintendent of Schools
Please follow us on Instagram @redondobeachusd