WUSD Safety Q&A
Wiseburn families and friends,
We invite you all to join us for an opportunity to hear directly from the District about our COVID-19 operations (as detailed below), to learn more and have your questions answered about our safety precautions:
WHO: All Wiseburn families
WHAT: WUSD Safety Q&A
WHEN: December 2 from 6 - 7 p.m.
WHERE: Via Zoom (Link to come next week — it will be sent out via email, posted on our homepage, and shared over social media)
(Add the event to your calendar on Facebook here!)
Our Q&A session will cover an updated-version of this presentation and will walk through our plans for social distancing, disinfecting, contact tracing, and more. You can review the presentation in advance to gather your questions.
All questions must be submitted in advance to ensure we can cover everyone's questions in our hour-long event. Questions will be accepted until Dec. 1 at 5 p.m.
Questions received after the deadline will be addressed in future updates to our COVID-19 FAQs on our website, if applicable, or may be followed up on individually if you submit your contact information.
Wiseburn planning for in-person options where possible
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As we've shared in past communications and school board meetings, Wiseburn is exploring our options for bringing students back to campus where possible, when permitted by the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health (LADPH), and — most importantly — when safe for our students, staff, and community.
We continue to monitor the COVID-19 data and all LADPH and state directives and mandates, such as Gov. Gavin Newsom's recent stay-at-home order that prohibits most nonessential activities outside the home from 10 p.m. to 5 a.m. in counties in the Widespread (purple) tier, like Los Angeles County. This order does not impact our current school operations and planning, which includes two efforts to provide critical in-person services for students:
- Following a safety review by LADPH, we have begun bringing in some students with specialized learning needs for in-person assessments, during which we follow a strict safety protocol. We plan to continue moving forward with these programs and practices as they are essential services for our students.
- We have submitted our application to LADPH for a waiver that would allow some TK-2 students at Anza and Cabrillo to return to campus for in-person learning in small cohorts and for limited amounts of time, as Superintendent Blake Silvers shared at our last board meeting.
While we await the expected approval of the TK-2 waiver, we continue to plan for these potential operations, keeping in mind current and potential COVID-19 conditions. Our planning also includes preparing for the potential reopening of our preschool and extended day program. The analysis and potential reopening of our general education preschool and extended day program is a priority as we understand the mounting need for this support for our families. However, we will rebuild this program with a lens of safety for our students, families, and greater community.
We recognize that even if we are granted the TK-2 waiver within the coming weeks, we will only utilize the waiver's reopening permissions if it is advisable to do so. The waiver just grants us an ability to bring some of our students back at a future date to be determined if the conditions are right.
In a best case scenario, we anticipate this waiver, if granted, may allow us to reopen partially and with limited capacity for TK-2 and childcare in January 2021.
As a reminder, however, we will still be providing students, families, and caregivers with the choice to opt in or out for in-person education if and when we are able to provide it. In the event of a physical school reopening, families will have an option for either our in-person learning or our distance learning model.
We share information on the COVID-19 outlook and what that means for Wiseburn's operations via our COVID Dashboard, a twice-monthly newsletter. You can see our most recent Dashboard here. Sign up if you're interested in more frequent communications about COVID-19 and its impact on our District.