2020/21 Elementary Principal Update
May 23, 2021
On May 31, we will celebrate Memorial Day by honoring all of the men and women in the military who died while serving this great nation. One of the ways Memorial Day has been commemorated in the past here in La Cañada is with Fiesta Days. Fortunately for us this year, the Fiesta Days will take place, although not during Memorial Day weekend. This year's parade, titled Hometown Parade, will take place on July 5, 2021.
In the meantime, we thought you would like to be reminded of the traditional Fiesta Days Memorial Day Parade with these photos from the LA Times.
May is also Mental Health Awareness Month. This year is an especially important year to focus on our mental health and understand how to get help when help is needed. Our district recognizes the importance of mental health, and we would like to remind you about Care Solace. Wendy Sinnette first wrote about Care Solace back in September:
"Care Solace is an online resource with a live 24/7 concierge meant to assist individuals in finding local mental health-related programs and counseling services. Care Solace is a tool for school staff and families to connect with community-based mental healthcare resources and providers. The proprietary care navigation system taps into a vast database of mental healthcare resources to find carefully vetted local therapists and programs in minutes.
School district staff and families may access Care Solace services in two ways:
1. Call (888) 515-0595 to speak with someone from your Concierge team.
Representatives are standing by to take your call or email 24 hours per day, seven days a week.
2. Visit your custom district link is www.caresolace.com/lcusd
Answer ten easy questions to receive an extensive list of referrals to applicable care providers. Care Solace takes into account all types of private insurance, including Medi-Cal, Medicaid, and Medicare, and those that have no insurance. The platform also filters by age, gender, zip code, and special request.
Care Solace is available for use by district students, staff, and families at no cost. Care Solace does not require a name, address, phone number, or date of birth. All information entered on the Care Solace tool is completely confidential and securely stored.
Please note, this service is an optional resource available by choice and is not mandatory in any way. If you are interested in seeking counseling-related services at this time, please consider visiting www.caresolace.com/lcusd."
In this newsletter, you will also find updates on the Parcel Tax, Mask Wearing, and Travel Restrictions. And, of course, we share photos of the reason we are here - our students.
Emily Blaney, LCE Principal
Cory Pak, PCR Principal
Carrie Hetzel, PCY Principal
Wrapping Up AAPI Heritage Month
VLA Kids Came to Campus!
LCE 5th Graders Playing Gaga Ball
photo credit: Gabe Ortega
Who says parachutes are for little kids?
photo credit: Gabe Ortega
Sunflowers as Tall as 2nd Graders
photo credit: Karen Gilmour
Parcel Tax Funding Accomplishments
Parcel Tax Funding Accomplishments
Reported by the Measure LC Parcel Oversight Tax Committee
As we close the 2020-2021 year, the Measure LC Parcel Oversight Tax wants to THANK YOU again for passing Measure LC.
The nearly $2.5 million dollars raised through the Parcel Tax assured that LCUSD could continue to offer its outstanding programs.
Elementary Schools – We were able to reduce class size by nearly 4 students per class.
LCHS - 9th grade math and English classes had on average 3 fewer students per class.
Electives - The dollars funded Arts, Music and Foreign Language courses to keep options open for students.
Staffing - LCUSD was able to maintain 21 positions in the District.
Technology - We were able to transition to meet the needs of virtual learning. We provided much needed hardware, the software and the staff to support the virtual learning.
To find out more information, visit: https://www.lcusd.net/apps/pages/index.jsp?uREC_ID=1641357&type=d&pREC_ID=1783868
The Measure LC Parcel Oversight Tax Committee Annual report will be presented to the Board in June and then posted to the page above.
If you have any questions, feel free to contact Mark Evans at 818-952-8380.
We continue to follow the directives of the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health.
The most recent version of the Reopening Protocols for Returning to School states:
• Anyone entering school property (school buses as well as school buildings and grounds) who has contact with others (students, parents, or other employees) is required to wear a face mask.
• Employees who have contact with others are offered, at no cost, an appropriate face mask that covers the nose and mouth. The mask must be worn by the employee at all times during the workday when in contact or likely to come into contact with others. Employees who have been instructed by their medical provider that they should not wear a face mask must wear a face shield with a drape on the bottom edge, to be in compliance with State directives, as long as their condition permits it. A drape that is form fitting under the chin is preferred. Masks with one-way valves must not be used.
• All staff must wear a face mask at all times, except when working alone in private offices with closed doors or when eating or drinking. The exception made previously for staff working in cubicles with solid partitions exceeding the height of the employee while standing is overridden. • A medical grade mask is provided to any employee who cares for sick children or who has close contact with any child with a medical condition that precludes the child’s use of a cloth face mask.
• Alternative protective strategies may be adopted to accommodate students who are on Individualized Education or 504 Plans and who cannot use or tolerate a face mask. Students who cannot wear a mask should not be placed with a cohort or group of students in the classroom. They may be able to tolerate a face shield with drape at the bottom which does not provide the same extent of source control or personal protection as use of a properly fitted, multi-layered face mask, therefore a student who cannot wear a mask can receive necessary services in a one-to-one setting with staff wearing appropriate PPE. They may also need to be accommodated via distance learning.
Travel Restrictions Remain in Place
The Los Angeles County Travel Restrictions have remained intact since its last update in April. If you traveled outside the state of California and are fully vaccinated with two weeks of time passing since your second dose (pfizer/moderna) or single dose (Johnson & Johnson), there is no need to quarantine.
If you are not fully vaccinated (most elementary-age students) and traveled outside California or the US, you must quarantine.
If you get a viral test 3-5 days after you arrive back in LA County and it is negative, your quarantine period is 7 full days beginning on your return date. If parents can share a negative test result with their child(ren)’s school, the quarantine period for the student(s) can be reduced from 10 days to 7 days.
If you are not fully vaccinated and you do not get a viral test 3-5 days after your arrival back in Los Angeles County, your quarantine period is 10 days beginning on your return date.
Also, for those not fully vaccinated, please continue to self-monitor for symptoms of COVID-19 for 14 days upon your return back in Los Angeles County.
Thank you for your continued patience and understanding as we work together to finish the school year healthy and safe for all students and staff.