Superintendent of Schools
As the 2020-21 school year comes to a close, it is an opportune time to thank Redondo Beach Unified School District staff, students, and families for their loyalty and dedication to our district and to our schools. This was a year like no other and, as always, Team RBUSD continues to demonstrate how great we really are. We appreciate your ongoing trust, as an overwhelming majority of our students returned to in-person instruction in our schools. If you have yet to thank your child's teacher(s), please do so. Not only do we have the best staff, but we recognize they returned to the classroom with passion and care, embracing live instruction with your children. There are several school districts in Southern California who have yet to reopen their school campuses. RBUSD did so safely and with unparalleled success.
Each day we move closer to a version of normal. Again, let me be clear. All plans are focused on a return to pre-COVID/traditional school schedules this fall for full-day, in-person instruction. At this time, we have not been provided the required safety protocols for the next school year from the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health (LACDPH). Whatever those instructions are, we will closely adhere to them as this allows us to return together to in-person learning at our school sites. If masking is again required to allow our students to learn in our schools, we will follow this requirement, as we strongly believe students learn best when they are in-person and present daily with their teachers. Finally, we are still learning more about the parameters regarding a virtual learning/Independent Studies model for 2021-2022 for those families choosing to remain at home. We will be sure to update our families as we are provided additional guidance from the California Department of Education regarding this learning model.
As another example of our safe return to regular school events, next week we will see graduation and promotion ceremonies at all levels that will strictly follow LACDPH's guidelines. If you are attending one of these events, congratulations to your student and please follow all safety protocols as instructed by your child's school administrator.
We would also like to take this opportunity to sincerely thank the Redondo Beach PTA Council President, Kimberly Quihuis, and the Redondo Beach Educational Foundation President, Hanh Archer. Both of these leaders, and their respected organizations, were dedicated to advocating for and bringing in dollars to our thriving school district.
Whether your child is participating in one of our Summer Bridge classes, our summer school program, traveling, or just taking the summer off, we wish you a wonderful summer. The Board of Education and I look forward to welcoming you and your student back this fall!
Steven E. Keller, Ed.D.
Proud Superintendent of Schools
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