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January 2021 Newsletter

WUSD January 2021 Newsletter


Wiseburn families and friends,

Our second semester is winding down, marking the halfway point in a trying academic year. We optimistically hoped that by the start of our second semester, we might be able to see some of our youngest learners back on campus through our TK-2 waiver, granted in December by the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health.

Regrettably, we've seen a rapid surge in COVID-19 cases here in Los Angeles County that has been devastating to our communities and hospitals, and has put any hopeful plans of further in-person instruction on pause.

This surge has left many families and caretakers in our community less confident in the idea of sending their students back to campus in any capacity while the spread remains as high and our hospitals are over capacity. We also recognize some had been hopeful for a more expeditious return.

In the shared disappointment, we also see the light at the end of the tunnel. The vaccine rollout has begun, and the state expects to have enough supplies to vaccinate most Californians in all 58 counties by summer 2021. As the spread decreases, our latitude to bring students back will increase.

Currently, we estimate that if the situation improves by March 11, we may see a return to in-person instruction for TK-2 under the waiver by April 12 — the start of the fourth quarter. While we would prefer to bring students back as soon as possible and have been planning for that scenario, we also recognize our role as a community hub, and that our actions can have consequences for the health and safety of our community. (The Wiseburn school board met last week to weigh these considerations, and I encourage our community to review our summary of the meeting and/or watch the meeting if time permits.)

Pandemic or not, our approach to safety now is the same level of commitment we carry when schools are physically in session. We are consistent and firm in our approach to keeping our students, staff, and community as healthy and safe as possible.

We share in the disappointment of our current COVID-19 situation, but remain committed to the health and safety of our community. We continue to plan for better days ahead, and thank all of our families and community members for your ongoing patience and support.

In partnership,

Blake Silvers, Ed.D., Superintendent

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Social and Emotional Support

For students, families and caretakers


Visit the CARE Team website

Dana Middle School Counselors

Visit the Middle School Counseling Department website

Attend a WUSD board meeting

January 14, 7 p.m.
Via Zoom: bit.ly/wusd-board0114

January 28, 7 p.m.
Via Zoom: bit.ly/wusd-board0128

Submit a public comment to be read into the record and view the agenda via BoardDocs.

Have questions about your school site's communications, operations, or specific issues?

Remember you can always reach out to your school site. Find phone numbers online here or reach out to your school site secretary via email:

Juan de Anza Elementary School: Susan Castellanos (scastellanos@wiseburn.org)
138th Street School: Kristian Forte-Hill (kforte@wiseburn.org)
Juan Cabrillo Elementary School: Laura Nilsson (lnilsson@wiseburn.org)
Dana Middle School: Sarah Moulton (smoulton@wiseburn.org)

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