This Week in LVUSD

Week of November 19, 2018

Thankful for our Community

LVUSD is grateful to all in our community who have come together to support displaced and impacted families following last week's tragedies. We've received an overwhelming offer of support for our families from both local and national businesses. In challenging times, seeing our community come together makes us thankful for all of our families.

We will rebuild, repair, and be stronger than ever. We look forward to welcoming your family back to school following the Thanksgiving holiday. We are working on a counseling and trauma-informed teaching plan to support our students with reintegrating into a normal school routine.

Our leadership team has been coordinating a 24/7 repair and professional cleaning effort over our 1.2 million square feet across 14 campuses and district office. To see some images of this massive effort, click the video link below.
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Fire and Trauma Resources

As you navigate the coming days going into the Thanksgiving holiday, we’ve identified resources related to supporting staff and families and possible reactions to the wildfires and the trauma of this past week. Please go to our Community360 Website ( for resources curated by our staff and partners at Ludington, Engage, and Give an Hour.

Throughout the coming weeks, we’ll continue to update this page with support resources.

Woolsey Fire Donations

With the tragedies of this past week, our community has rallied together to help the hundreds of families whose homes were directly impacted. We currently estimate that 90 LVUSD families and 2 staff lost or sustained damage to their homes, but we expect this number to increase. Our local YMCA has partnered with the Foundation for Las Virgenes Schools to collect gift cards and monetary donations for families. Rest assured that all funds will go directly to impacted families and that all funds are going to the same place which is LVFireRelief. There are three ways to donate:

  1. You can give money through the following link via the Las Virgenes Fire Relief Fund via
  2. Drop off your physical items at: 28631 Canwood Street, Suite A; Agoura Hills, CA 91310
  3. You can offer gift cards (Target, Home Depot, Grocery Stores, etc). Please drop off or mail to LVUSD District Office starting Monday, November 19th: 4111 N. Las Virgenes Road; Calabasas, CA 91302

We are tremendously grateful for your generosity!

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Understanding Trauma

On Tuesday November 20th at 8:00 AM, members of our Community 360 team (Ryan Gleason, and Counselors Melissa Gillespie and Mona White) will be exploring the following questions:

  • What is trauma? How does it impact the brain and body?
  • What should parents be on the lookout for in the next weeks and months?
  • What are some proactive measures/strategies that families can engage in to heal from the events of the past week?
  • How can I talk to my children about the fire and Borderline Tragedy? What resources do you recommend?