Bell High School

Principals Update Week 30

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From The Desk of Rafael L. Balderas, Principal

Greetings Bell HS Family,

I hope this message finds you and your family in great health and sound in mind.

Recently Superintendent Beutner announced because of our safety protocols, and declining COVID rates, I am excited to announce our school will be reopening the week of April 26th.

To ensure a smooth transition, we will stagger the reopening dates the week of April 26. We will share specific dates, schedules and protocols during a Community Forum the week of April 5th.

To better assess how many students will be returning on a hybrid model and if you have not yet done so, please complete the Program Selection Form by using the following link: Letting us know whether your child will be returning to school or remaining online will help us plan for the rest of the school year.

If your child will be returning to school, he or she must take a COVID test the week before the start of school and must have a negative result. Los Angeles Unified provides free COVID tests for students and their families at dozens of school sites around the district.

Please use your Parent Portal account to log onto the Daily Pass website to schedule your child’s test. You can also schedule an appointment by calling the help desk at (213) 443-1300.

If you need help or have questions, please call our office at (323) 832-4700. We look forward to welcoming our students back to a safe learning environment!

Secondly, A Return to Campus Family Guide is now available, with detailed information to help you decide whether your child will return to school for the remainder of the semester or continue with online instruction. Please download the English guide here:

and the Spanish guide here: you may download on any mobile or digital device, and read it carefully.

In conclusion, I will continue to reiterate, If we are to return to any model of face to face learning, EVERYONE must do their part by wearing a mask, practice social distancing, wash your hands, Covid test and remain home. We Got This!

In Partnership,

Rafael L. Balderas, Principal


Once again Bell HS will be hosting Spring Plus Credit Recovery for all students in need og making up a class. Classes are scheduled from Saturday, March 27 to Saturday April 3, 2021 for 7 days 35 hours. Virtual school hours will start at 9 am ending at 2:30 pm with a 30 minute lunch. Please email Mr. Gomez, Intervention Counselor at

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As a reminder, Bell High School along with all schools in LAUSD will be closed due to Spring Break starting Friday, March 26 to Friday, April 2, 2021. Classes will resume on Monday, April 5, 2021 at 9 am. In an effort to keep the COVID numbers down in our community we ALL need to do our part and continue to practice social distancing, wear a face mask and wash your hands.
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LAUSD has embarked on an ambitious plan to Covid test our staff, students and families. The test is free to all members of the school community. In an effort to help keep our communities and schools safe, we ask for members of our learning community to register and make an appointment at

In an effort to support our student athletes, coaches and families LAUSD will have several locations available for COVID testing. See below the various locations available and please make an appointment prior to your arrival.

@Home Learning? YES We Teach Remotely!

Shout out to everyone for this week of teaching and learning! As a reminder, attendance is MANDATORY, based on the following schoology & zoom logon analytics we have for the following week:

Week of March 22-25, 2021

Students Virtual Attendance = 2,316 out of 2,377 students for a 97%

Weekly Log-on Grade Leaders (schoology & zoom)

Grade 12 – 98.4% / Grade 11 – 96.8% / Grade 10 – 97.3% / Grade 9 – 97.1%

Congratulation Class of 2021 “Seniors” Grade 12 You Are Still on Top!

WE GOT Sharing Brings Hope Combined Charitable Campaign!

For more than twenty years, Sharing Brings Hope Combined Charitable Campaign has pooled the efforts of many of the most respected and successful charitable agencies in Los Angeles into a single, district-wide fund-raising endeavor to support the holistic wellbeing of all LAUSD community members and stakeholders. Bell High School’s goal is to improve the quality of life for all people in all communities, today and always. Your support of this campaign and these organizations is greatly welcomed and appreciated. Our camping will end April 9, 2021.


To Donate: Student, Parent, and Community Contributions can be made at Non-Staff Giving Portal

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Social, Emotional & Mental Health? We Got SEL!

We know from the data that students and families continue to feel isolated and alone, the Los Angeles Unified Launched Mental Health Hotline To Help Students and Families. Please have them call (213) 241-3840 – Please be mindful our students and parents world has been turned upside down and we need to make sure students have the support they need. In the event that you need immediate emergency assistance, please call 911.

If you are experiencing a mental health crisis, please call either of the following phone numbers for mental health support:

  1. LAUSD Mental Health Hotline (213) 241-3840 M-F 6am-6pm
  2. LA County Department of Mental Health (800) 854-7771
  3. Didi Hirsch Suicide Prevention Hotline (877) 727-4747 (24 hours)
  4. National Suicide Prevention Lifeline (800) 273-TALK (8255) (24 hours)
  5. Bell High School Confidential Text Tip Line (323) 989-3750 (24 hours)

For immediate contact with the Bell High School’s Social, Emotional and Mental Health Team, please communicate with one of the following SEL Team Members:

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Purple & GOLD Bell Schedule from Tuesday to Friday

As a reminder please follow our regular Tuesday to Friday bell schedule, see schedule below:

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How are we doing in feeding our community? We Feed Our Learning Community!

As a reminder our Bell HS Grab & Go Food Distribution Center continues to serve meals everyday from Monday to Friday from 7 to 10 am! Please drive up on Pine Ave. and NO ID is required. Our motto will always be No Family Will GO Hungry”.

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Do We Have Social Media? Yes We Got Social Media!

For the latest information please follow your Academy on Twitter Social Media:


Bell High School @bellhighschool

AVID Academy @BHSAVID_familia

Global Studies Academy @BHSGlobalStudy

MTCA Academy @bhs_mtca

STEM Magnet @BHSGiftedMagnet