Updated March 21, 2020 | COVID-19 Updates Page
Do we know when school may start again?
The County of Los Angeles' "Safer at Home" order is in place until April 20, 2020. PVPUSD schools will align to this order and reevaluate a re-opening of schools date as information becomes available.
What breakfast and lunch options are available for students?
In partnership with Torrance Unified School District (TUSD) during the school closure, free breakfast and lunch will be available daily at several TUSD schools. Beginning Tuesday, March 17th and continuing until school resumes, anyone under the age of 18 is welcome to pick-up a free breakfast and lunch between the hours of 8am-1pm at the following TUSD schools:
Torrance Elementary School
2125 Lincoln Ave, Torrance, CA 90501
Carr Elementary School
3404 168th St, Torrance, CA 90504
Edison Elementary School
3800 W 182nd St, Torrance, CA 90504
J.H. Hull Middle School
2080 231st St, Torrance, CA 90501
Magruder Middle School
4100 185th St, Torrance, CA 90504
Adolescents under the age of 18 must be present for the meals to be provided.
Staffing and Communication
PVPUSD employees have been asked to work remotely during the school closure. Please review communications on school and class websites for specific information from teachers. It is recommended to communicate with administrative and support staff via email and allow them to provide further guidance to you.
Chromebooks have been made available for students to check out if they do not have access to a technology devices at home. Families that were absent during the checkout process should contact their teacher, principal or the Technology Help Desk.
A comprehensive list of online learning resources and tools is being developed and will be posted soon.
PVPUSD is following direction from the County of Los Angeles and the "Safer at Home" order. As the situation develops and more information becomes available, this topic will be reevaluated.
PVPUSD has closed our facilities, and fields where we can lock them during the "Safer at Home" order because of COVID-19 concerns. In accordance with Los Angeles County Department of Public Health guidelines, individuals may use accessible open spaces for exercise if they maintain social distancing requirements. As such, team sports are not allowed.
WHAT SHOULD I EXPECT AS A PARENT/CAREGIVER?
Should I be actively teaching my child?
We suggest reassuring your kids that people care about them and that their teachers are doing the best they can during an unprecedented closure. If parents can help, it is greatly appreciated. Learning some life-skills during the closure is also important. It's never too early to discuss budgeting, how to change a tire, how to hang a picture frame, the art of handwriting a letter, or just spending time together as a family.
How can I help my child complete assignments?
The most important thing that a parent can provide at this time is a schedule so children have structure to their day. Any efforts to encourage students to take school and the provided flexible learning options seriously are appreciated.
Will there be lectures or other group instruction?
Students may have some small or group instruction prior to Spring Break. We are working with our teachers on what instruction will look like beyond Spring Break.
Is it up to the teacher on how it is delivered? Who decides?
Teachers decide how to deliver instruction, just like they do during typical school days. Their decisions consider a variety of factors. Their capacity to deliver instruction is via online learning options at this time.
How do I or my student find out what is being provided?
Teachers will provide information and guidelines through existing online platforms and tools (i.e., email, classroom webpages, and collaborative online resources).
Will there be regular communication between teachers and students?
At a minimum, teachers will begin routine communication with students in week two of school closures. Teachers are in process of establishing office hours. Please check with teachers and school sites as information is being updated. The type and duration of communication will vary by age and content area.
Teachers will use a variety of methods to communicate with students including (but not limited to) Zoom, Microsoft Teams, phone and email. If you have any issues or concerns regarding this, please contact your site principal.
Without traditional classes or homework, how will students learn the material?
Every school district is facing challenges associated with this topic. PVPUSD is working tirelessly to put programs in place to help our students learn. This is an area requiring some space for teachers to discover and share best practices. With the extension beyond Spring Break, we will work with our teachers to enhance the educational experience that students are experiencing.
How is homework handled?
Distance learning is, by definition, homework. Teachers will share methods for submitting work. If you have any questions, please contact your child's teacher(s).
As a District, we are working with our teachers on what this will look like, given the return to school extension. We will update families as we get more direction from our County and State offices of Education.
When homework is required and submitted, we would expect students to receive feedback. That would likely not occur until after Spring Break.
What about other supplemental resources?
PVPUSD is developing a resource web page listing additional educational activities. This page will grow over time. Reading books and learning practical things at home are also suggested.
Will daily attendance be taken?
At this time we do not have the answer to this question but continue to work with the county office of education and state department of education for guidance.
Will there be a standard daily schedule?
Principals are working with their staff on developing office hours and when instruction will be provided. As this continues to evolve, the goal is to have a more structured schedule to support student learning.
How will courses be graded?
As we continue to work with our teachers, this topic will be discussed. We will consult with our county and state level partners for guidance and work with our Palos Verdes Faculty Association (PVFA). We want to be thoughtful in our decisions to ensure the best outcomes for students and will communicate with our stakeholders.
How will my child meet requirements?
Students will not have to repeat their current grade level because of the school closure. We will provide educational opportunities for the essential skills that students need to know this school year.
Seniors will graduate. However they must participate and engage in the modified classes. This means students will not be penalized for a shortened year. Regarding graduation, no decision has been made at this time. As we are able to assess the situation, information will be shared with the community.
For UC College Admissions
Colleges have not provide an answer yet. We will share information as it becomes available.
We will have to work through any gaps in instruction when we return and are able to authentically assess student levels.
What is the status of State, AP and College Admissions testing?
Standardized testing has suspended for CAASPP and the Physical Fitness Test (PFT).
SAT and ACT Testing has been suspended in the near future. Here are the links for updates:
AP Tests will look different this year. Here is a link to read more from the CollegeBoard