Superintendent's Updated on School Closures
Dear Lynwood Family:
We hope that you are all doing well. We recognize that things are rapidly developing and, as your superintendent, I want to make sure that you are aware that we are closely monitoring all local, state and federal communications and will continue working to provide you with updates.
State leaders and public health officials have taken further action to restrict movement within our community, but we will nevertheless keep working to serve our families and inspire children.
Today, Los Angeles County Superintendent of Schools Debra Duardo announced she has extended her recommendation to close all schools in Los Angeles County with students returning on Tuesday, May 5, 2020.
This came after Thursday’s announcement when we learned about the “Safer at Home” order issued by Los Angeles County and a “Stay at Home” order issued by California Gov. Gavin Newsom. Both orders urge the same thing: All non-essential businesses should close and families should stay in their homes other than when they need to restock on essential needs.
In addition, a return date to school is still uncertain and Gov. Gavin Newsom has indicated that school closures could potentially extend further into the year. I want to reassure you, however, that our school board and staff have planned for these contingencies and we will continue to serve you and your children in new ways.
- Instruction: Student packets were prepared for high school families to easily pick up, while K-8 students received a workbook with integrated English Language Arts (ELA) and Math. There are several online programs available for access on the resources page of our website. Additionally, schools are offering live readings and fun assignments via their social media pages. We encourage you to follow a consistent daily schedule for studies to ensure the least disruption to student schedules. If the closure extends, we will work to provide further opportunities for instruction at home and will keep you updated.
- Meals: As indicated on our website, we are continuing to provide the free meal program to the community. Breakfast and lunch is served together from 8:00 a.m. to 10:00 a.m. on Mon-Fri at Lynwood and Firebaugh High schools, Cesar Chavez Middle School, along with Rosa Parks and Helen Keller Elementary schools.
- Vigilance at home: Please encourage your family to continue practicing preventative measures, including avoiding large gatherings, covering coughs and sneezes, and regular handwashing for 20 seconds with soap and water. Part of staying healthy during this crisis includes stress management and mental health self-care. The Los Angeles County Department of Mental Health has dedicated services ready to help. You can find more information 1) at their website: https://lacounty.gov/covid19/coping-with-stress/; 2) by calling 800-854-7771, 24 hours a day, or 3) by texting “LA” to 741741.
- Facilities: We are using this break as an opportunity to conduct extensive, deep cleaning of all our facilities, including each school site. When students return to school, facilities will be completely disinfected and ready for instruction.
- Student Services Support Hotline: A live Student Services Support hotline will become available on Monday, March 23, 2020 to provide support services. Families and students can contact (310) 635-8837 Monday-Friday, 8:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m. to access direct mental health and substance abuse services, as well as providing linkage to other family resources. LUSD personnel is available to answer your call and direct you to the resources needed.
As each of us confronts our own set of challenges, we realize that many of our Lynwood families have lost their jobs. We are working with our Lynwood Partners Education Foundation to raise much-needed funds for our community. Please stay tuned to learn more about how you can help. We are working with local agencies, including our churches and the City of Lynwood, to support the Lynwood community.
We appreciate your unwavering support as we all work together to address this unprecedented challenge. As a reminder, please ensure your updated contact information and phone number are on file with your school site. Our District hotline is available for any questions you have at 310-635-2807, and we will continue to provide ongoing updates via social media, email and our website.
SUMMARY OF IMPORTANT PHONE NUMBERS:
- LUSD Student & Family Support Hotline: 310-635-8837
- LA County Department of Mental Health: 800-854-7771
- LUSD General Information Hotline: 310-635-2807
- LA County Health and Human Services Referrals (assistance for health, food, senior citizen services, crisis services): 211 or 800-339-6993
Gudiel R. Crosthwaite