The Los Angeles County Department of Public Health (Public Health) has confirmed 73 new deaths and 13,661 new cases of COVID-19. Public Health estimates there are an additional 432 deaths that reflect the delayed reporting associated with the Spectrum outage and the holiday that are in the final stages of confirming.
This new health order would make it extremely difficult to appropriately staff our in-person programs when school begins on January 4th. Additionally, there exists a likelihood of navigating through a multitude of quarantines involving students, staff, and entire classes, which would deeply impact the continuity of learning for our students.
This new requirement, coupled with the recent surge in COVID cases throughout our county, has led us to the conclusion that it is best to pause all in-person programs for the next two weeks.As such, all in-person programs that have either returned or are in the process of returning, will be conducted in a remote learning environment when school resumes on January 4th. These programs will have a target return date of Tuesday, January 19th.
Please understand that this decision was not taken lightly. We recognize the extreme hardship our students and our families are facing. The return to in-person instruction, even in a limited capacity, has been a huge benefit to so many of our kids. We will do everything we can to get our students back to school as soon as possible.
Thank you for your continued patience and understanding.
Alex Cherniss, Ed.D
Superintendent of Schools