Superintendent of Schools
October 15, 2020
We hope you and your family are well. Our families’ dedication, support, and guidance throughout these past few months have been instrumental to student success. Team RBUSD could not do this without you. We thank you for your ongoing feedback and collaboration, while we focus on providing the best educational program possible in these uncertain and challenging times.
As you may know, in early September, the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health (LACPDH) revised the guidance to allow for districts to serve vulnerable student populations. To date, Redondo Beach Unified School District has reopened school campuses to several targeted groups of students for in-person instruction and support. We have reopened our LIFT Special Education Preschool program, welcomed the return of special day class students, resumed Learning Center support services for targeted groups with Individualized Education Plans (IEPs), and will soon welcome back English learners for designated support services. We were also excited to welcome back our student athletes at RUHS this week to begin conditioning under the Youth Sports Leagues guidelines. Finally, we are proud of our Child Development Centers for reopening to students in June and steadily increasing their offerings. None of this progress could have occurred without the ongoing feedback from our families and community.
LACDPH has created a waiver process for grades TK-2. However, the approval process is still weeks away and is focused on schools with a high(er) percentage of “free and reduced lunch” counts (RBUSD’s percentage hovers around 13%). It also only allows for six schools each week to be considered in our Board of Supervisor District 4 area, which spans from Catalina, to Diamond Bar, to Marina del Rey. As a reminder, we have eight elementary schools. The waiver details are not favorable to RBUSD. When LACDPH provides further guidance to re-open, we will keep you apprised.
In the meantime, we would like to better understand your experiences in distance learning and your families’ readiness to return to in-person learning at such time that LACDPH gives us the greenlight. We appreciate hearing from our community and the results are pivotal to refining our efforts for students and future planning. Please complete the survey by Friday, October 30, 2020. We ask that a survey is completed for EACH student that attends RBUSD, as sentiments may vary based on the age/grade of your students. This survey does not request any personal information and your responses will remain confidential.
Proud Superintendent of Schools