Superintendent Update - May 14, 2021

Dear Families and Staff,

May is Mental Health Awareness month, which has remained an ongoing and exacerbated issue due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The reopening of schools presents us an opportunity to refocus our attention on this important issue and the overall wellbeing of our Lawndale community as we heal and transition to our new normal. Resources to support mental health can be accessed on our website here.

Additionally, the Children’s Bureau is hosting a webinar on May 26th (English) and May 27 (Spanish) from 4:00pm-5:30pm that will provide parents with strategies on how to help their kids adjust to change during the pandemic, such as being at home, transitioning back to school, and parent self-care tips. For additional information and to register, click here.

Vaccination Update

The vaccination rate in the City of Lawndale continues to increase - now at 53% percent! Public health officials are hopeful that vaccination rates continue to drive our path to recovery now that everyone 12 and older are eligible.

If you are interested in a vaccination appointment for anyone aged 12-15 at LESD’s “Partner Pod” located at AdventurePlex (1701 Marine Ave., Manhattan Beach), please complete this form and you will be contacted when an appointment becomes available. For a full list of sites across the county offering Pfizer vaccines, please visit http://bit.ly/PfizerSites.

Town Hall

On Tuesday, May 18 at 6:00pm, the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health will hold a Vaccine Town Hall for Parents to provide the latest update on COVID-19 vaccines, including information for children. You can watch on: YouTube, Facebook, or Twitter. If you’d like to submit a question to be answered by LACDPH, submit it here: https://tinyurl.com/vaxtownhall4parents

Your Voice Matters!

As a learning community, we have had to try many new things this school year. Some things were challenging and some things went well. As we consider what to continue with next school year, we want to hear from you. Please take a couple of minutes to give us your input at http://bit.ly/LESDINPUT.

Safe, Clean, & Ready

LESD continues to maintain Safe, Clean, and Ready learning environments. Our schools serve hundreds of students each day for in-person hybrid instruction and, to date, we have no evidence of COVID-19 transmission in our schools. For the latest data regarding COVID-19 cases at our school sites, please visit www.lawndalesd.net/dashboard.

It is important to note that harassment or discrimination stemming from unfounded fears about COVID-19 can be harmful to students and their families. If you hear of misinformation or false claims about spreading the virus, please report it to your school Principal immediately. We must continue to work together as a community by spreading kindness, respect, and truthful information.

To learn more about LESD’s policies regarding harassment and discrimination, please visit https://www.lawndalesd.net/titleix. To view the fact sheet from the Office of Civil Rights, click here.

PowerSchool Student Profile

Snapcodes for returning TK - 7th grades will be sent to parents and guardians on May 17th via the email address on file in PowerSchool. Please update your student's profile using the unique Snapcode. The Snapcode provides a secure and safe way to complete all the necessary documents for the 21-22 school year online. Contact your school office with any questions.

Cooking Class ¡en español!

Our community partner, SEE LA, is hosting a cooking class (in Spanish only) this Saturday (5/15) at 12:00pm. If you are interested, please sign up here.

The interactive hands-on cooking class will focus on how to identify food scraps that are compostable and strategies to reduce waste. Your whole family can participate.

Documentary Film: Black Men in White Coats

Watch a glimpse of the film documentary and join Mr. Collier, Assistant Superintendent Educational Services, on May 19th to discuss what resonated with you after the screening. All families are welcome to join. Register here.

RAP’s R-KADE Fun Factory

No plans this summer? Join RAP’s R-KADE Fun Factory! Offering fitness, science, technology, engineering, math, literacy, spirit days, team challenges, and more! The program runs in-person from 8:45am-12:15pm and virtually from 1:00pm-4:00pm beginning on June 15th through July 23rd. Applications are due by May 21st. For more information, visit www.lawndalesd.net/rap.

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