The Jefferson Jabber

News for the Jefferson ES Community

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January 10, 2022

Greetings Jefferson Community!

Last week was a challenging week given the high number of staff and student absences. We expect that this week could also have a high number of absences, so it is very important that we all work together to keep things running as smoothly as possible.

Here's How You Can Help:

  • If your child tests positive with a home test or rapid test for COVID-19, you need to keep the student home and notify the school using the Jefferson COVID Testing Results Form. The student needs to isolate for 5 days and then get a negative test result and be asymptomatic in order to return to school.
  • Check your child for COVID symptoms DAILY. If your child has any symptoms, do not send them to school.
  • Make sure you child has a well-fitted mask. We strongly recommend that all students wear a well-fitting, non-cloth mask of multiple layers of non-woven material with a nose wire. We can provide a mask to students who need one.
  • Save your at-home COVID Test kit. We distributed test kits last week, consider saving these kits for when your student has been exposed or has symptoms and use the tests then.

If you have questions/concerns, please feel free to reach out to me (818) 729-1600 or email

Hope you have a great week,


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Did You Pick Up Your At-Home COVID Test Kit?

We still have about 20 unclaimed COVID Test Kits. Please pick your kit up by Tuesday, January 11, 2022 by 4 pm OR call our office to arrange a time to pick up. Any unclaimed kits by the end of the day tomorrow will be sent to other sites needing kits.

Tuesday Schedule Reminder

Here is the Tuesday Dismissal Schedule (every Tuesday follows this schedule):

  • 1st/2nd Gr EB 1:30 pm
  • 1st/2nd Gr LB 2:05 pm
  • 3rd Gr 2:05 pm
  • 4th/5th Gr 2:10 pm

Lunch Schedule Has Changed

We're also making adjustments to our eating procedures--students will be asked to physically distance in the morning snack, when fewer students eat. For lunch, we will be adjusting the schedule a bit so that students have more space:

  • Kinder (no change)
  • 1st Grade lunch begins at 11:35 am
  • 2nd grade lunch begins at 11:52 am
  • 3rd grade lunch begins at 12:09 pm*
  • 4th grade lunch begins at 12:16 pm
  • 5th grade lunch begins at 12:30 pm

3rd graders will continue to have a 15 minute lunch period; there is a small overlap with 4th grade times.

Superintendent's Updates

From 01/07/22

Dear BUSD Students, Families, and Employees:

During yesterday’s Board Study Session. The Board of Education discussed the following items to add to our current COVID mitigation protocols. We know many students, employees, and parents have questions and concerns about what school will look like this week. We are doing everything we can to address these concerns. We understand many people want an immediate testing mandate, but testing clinics and supplies are extremely limited. We will continue to be creative to address these challenges.

1. Testing for students and staff

a. At Home Rapid Tests – Every K-12 student should have received an at-home rapid test before Friday. It is critical that all students take this test before Monday and contact their school site if the test is positive. If the test is positive you must stay home. Please refer to the message your principal sent to you with instructions on how to report your test results.

b. Testing Clinics – Please see below for next week’s testing clinics that are available to all BUSD students and employees.

Monday, January 10, 2022 5:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.

*please be prepared for a possible wait

John Burroughs High School at the auditorium foyer (the corner of Keystone and Clark)

PCR only (results in about 48 hours)

Wednesday, January 12, 2022 5:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.

Burbank High School at the primary entrance to Building 2* (Third Street where it intersects with Burbank Blvd) *note: not the main office

John Burroughs High School at the auditorium foyer (the corner of Keystone and Clark) 5:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.

Thursday, January 13, 2022 5:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.

Burbank High School at the primary entrance to Building 2* (Third Street where it intersects with Burbank Blvd) *note: not the main office

John Burroughs High School at the auditorium foyer (the corner of Keystone and Clark) 5:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.

c. Testing Mandate - The Board discussed considerations for a testing mandate and gave the following guidance to staff:

The goal is to implement mandatory testing for all students and staff by Monday, January 24th. In the meantime, it is highly encouraged that all students and staff take advantage of the free testing clinics being offered. Students should also use the take home tests.

Currently, testing kits are in short supply, so that may affect the start date of the mandate. Regular updates will be communicated to the community.

Mandated testing will be required where there is a high number of COVID cases in the community (I.e. above 6,000 cases per day in LA County) Click here for LACDPH’s current dashboard.

If there is a shortage in testing kit supply here are the priorities:

Tier I – Students participating in school athletics (this is in accordance with LACDPH mandates) and activities and individuals that must participate in required public meetings (i.e. Board of Education meetings, Local Control Accountability Plan meetings, etc.)

Tier II A – Secure testing supplies/clinics to test before returning to school after Spring Break and long weekends. (Depending on supply shortages, it is not likely testing kits will be available for the MKL Jr. weekend)

Tier II B – Weekly testing for all employees via clinics and a goal to provide all employees with 5 take-home test kits each quarter (depending on availability).

Tier III A – Pre-k through Grade 5 students

Tier III B – Grades 6 – 12

Tier III C – Adult Education students

d. Testing Dashboard – Please click here to see the latest preliminary testing results from our testing clinics

2. Masking

a. All school sites have been provided surgical masks for students (blue disposable masks). The Los Angeles County Department of Public Health recommends that all students wear these.

b. In addition, parents have requested when youth size KN95s and N95s become available for students. We are in the process of purchasing these masks. We will provide an update when these are available for students.

c. District staff are going to continue to work with school staff to update masking protocols and to make sure they are enforced each day. We are continuing to revise the masking protocols, you can review the current protocols by clicking here and special education masking protocols by clicking here.

3. COVID vaccine booster

a. Human Resources will begin to collect booster information from all employees.

b. We will schedule panels with medical experts so that our employees and community can learn more about boosters.

c. No booster mandate has been determined at this time. We will continue to consult with medical experts and have conversations with our labor partners to determine if this is the next step that we should take.

4. Communications

a. Principals will be emailing school communities a contact information sheet that identifies school site and District Office personnel who can answer questions and receive concerns based on the topic.

b. Human Resources will be meeting with labor partners to discuss our COVID prevention protocols and our independent learning models.

c. A subcommittee will be created in February to review the District's Social Media Policy and Communication plan

d. A survey will be sent home to Spanish and Armenian native speakers to ask them how they would like to receive translation services at Board meetings.

Thank you for your partnership as we work to ensure the health and safety of our students and staff and work to control the transmission of the highly infectious Omicron variant. The collective action we each take is critical for us to stay healthy and safe.

Please feel free to email if you have any questions.


Matt Hill, Ed.D. (he/him/his)


Vaccinated students?

It is important for our school staff's contact tracing procedures to know which Jefferson students have received the COVID-19 vaccine. Fully vaccinated, asymptomatic students may not need to quarantine if identified as a close contact of a confirmed positive case.

We're asking Jefferson families to complete this simple google form to let us know that your child has been vaccinated and follow the directions to update vaccine information on the parent portal as well. You can find directions for uploading here.

COVID Checklist Reminders

If you test positive for COVID you need to stay home and notify the school of your COVID status.

People with COVID-19 have a wide range of reported symptoms from mild symptoms to severe illness. Symptoms may appear 2-14 days after exposure to the virus that causes COVID-19.

Symptoms can include

Fever or chills
Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing
Muscle or body aches
New loss of taste or smell
Sore throat
Congestion or runny nose
Nausea or vomiting
This list does not include all possible COVID-19 symptoms. Children and adolescents with the virus that causes COVID-19 may experience any, all, or none of these symptoms.

Check your child and yourself for these symptoms before going to school or work. Check symptoms for changes from usual or baseline health.

If your child DOES have any of the symptoms above:

Keep them home from school
Get your child tested for COVID-19.
Contact your child’s school and report that your child is sick. The school may ask some additional questions to help determine when it is safe for your child to return to school and about other people who may have been exposed.
CDC has a Coronavirus Self Checker* available on its website, which may help you make decisions about seeking medical care for COVID-19
If your student has received the COVID-19 vaccine, please send your proof of vaccination to your school nurse to update your immunization records

School & District Contacts

Have questions/concerns to share and not sure who to contact? Here is a simple contact list for district and school staff:

Contact List

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From the PTA

Honorary Service Awards

The Thomas Jefferson PTA will be selecting recipients for the 71st Annual PTA Honorary Service Awards.

Honorary Service Awards (HSA) are designed to give special recognition to selected individuals, parents, teachers, school employees, and organizations for outstanding volunteer service to children and youth in the PTA, school, or in our community.

The HSA Program includes the Very Special Person Award, the Honorary Service Award, the Continuing Service Award, the Golden Oak Service Award, the Outstanding Teacher Award, the Outstanding Administrator Award and donations to the HSA Program. For descriptions of these awards go to:

Take a look around our school and in our community. Is there a volunteer* who has made an outstanding contribution to children and youth? Remember to consider those who work behind the scenes, quietly and efficiently serving children. If the answer is yes, nominate them for PTA’s Honorary Service Award Program!

Please take a moment to nominate a worthy individual!

Nomination via this Google Form are due by February 4th, 2022.

Questions? Please contact Julie Barnhart, Jefferson- HSA Co- Chairperson at or Michelle Ries, Jefferson- HSA Co-Chairperson at

If you want to stay anonymous or prefer to print and fill out your nomination form, please use this link:

Printed forms are also due by February 4th, 2022 and sent to HSA Chairperson above.

* “Volunteer” is defined as a non-paid service beyond the individual’s normal paid activities. This could be anyone consistently involved with youth and children. The applicants being considered should be recognized for outstanding service to children and youth, and not necessarily for routine, assigned responsibilities or for retirement.

Reflections Update

Thank you for all the wonderful Reflections submissions for this year's theme of "I Will Change the World by..."

Students can see submissions on display in the library.

We would like to congratulate our entries that went on to District!

*Maxwell Simon, Kinder

Music Composition "Happy"

*Sophia Thomassen, 5th

Literature "Changing the World, One Mind at a Time"

*Aemon Wolf OKeefe, 1st

Film Production "My Life"

*Eva Hovanessian, 5th

Film Production "I Will Change the World One Student at a Time"

*Eva Hovanessian, 5th

Visual Arts " I Will Change the World by Trying"

*Liberty Indiviglio, 1st

Visual Arts "Protecting Our Animal Friends"

*Gavin Epstein, 4th

Photography "Bees Help the World Be a Better Place"

Well done everyone!

Staff Lounge Stock Up

It's a new year, and a new chance to show our TJ staff how much we appreciate them! Show your gratitude by participating in our monthly Teacher's Lounge Stock Up. Each month the PTA will be asking for parent volunteers to donate drinks and snacks for the Teacher's Lounge. Below is the sign up for the month of January.

We ask that items please be dropped off in the front office on Monday, January 10th. If you have any questions, please contact Jenny Banian Massabki at

Thank you!!!

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From the Jefferson Fundraising Committee

We've got some important updates from the Jefferson Fundraising Committee--click on the flyers to access links to contribute!
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