Message from Superintendent Ekchian

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    April 1, 2020

      

    Dear Glendale Unified Students, Staff, Families, and Community:

     

    Thank you for your patience and collaboration as we transition from our traditional classrooms to a remote learning model this week. Our teachers and staff are working collaboratively to share best practices and develop resources to continuously improve our model. We are adding new resources to our Information Hub at www.gusd.net/remotelearning every day and we are working to respond quickly to all questions. You can find answers to frequently asked questions in the Information Hub.

     

    The Board of Education and our district leadership are committed to ensuring the health and safety of our entire Glendale Unified community. Based on recommendations from state and local health and education authorities, we have made a decision to extend remote learning through the end of the 2019-20 school year.

     

    We are considering many options for graduations and end of year celebrations. We recognize the importance of these momentous life events, especially for our seniors, and we will work closely with our students, staff, and families to make these experiences as meaningful as possible for our amazing students.

     

    Our Nutritional Services Department will continue to serve breakfast and lunch for students at our grab-and-go sites Monday-Friday until schools reopen. Find locations and additional information at www.gusd.net/meals.   

     

    We remain committed to ensuring our students maintain continuity of education and our highest-need families receive healthy meals and access to necessities while our schools are closed. We will continue to keep our community informed as we learn new information and appreciate your support and patience as we navigate this unique situation together.

     

    Sincerely,

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    Vivian Ekchian, Ed.D.

    Superintendent of Schools


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    March 20, 2020, 7:00 p.m.

     

    Dear Glendale Unified Students, Staff, Families, and Community:

     

    We understand how challenging the last few weeks have been for our students, families, and employees. We appreciate your support and patience, and remain committed to providing you with information and resources as we receive them. Today, the Los Angeles County Superintendent of Schools Dr. Debra Duardo announced her recommendation to extend closure of all public schools until Tuesday, May 5, 2020 to help contain the spread of COVID-19. Superintendent Duardo’s action follows new public health orders issued March 19 by Governor Gavin Newsom and Los Angeles County officials instructing people to stay at home and prohibiting gatherings of more than 10 people.

     

    The Board of Education and our district leadership are committed to ensuring the health and safety of our entire Glendale Unified community. We take recommendations from state and local health and education authorities very seriously. Therefore, we have decided to keep schools closed and extend off-campus, remote learning activities until Tuesday, May 5. Our student schedule for the coming weeks will be as follows:

     

    • March 23-27 – Extended spring break for students
    • March 30-May 4 – Students engage in off-campus, remote instruction and enrichment activities
    • May 5 – Regular, on-campus instruction resumes (subject to change based recommendations from public health and education authorities)

     

    Nutritional Services

     

    Our Nutritional Services Department will serve breakfast and lunch for students Monday-Friday, beginning March 24 and continuing until schools reopen. Meals will be distributed at grab-and-go centers located at several of our school sites. Find locations and additional information at www.gusd.net/meals.

     

    Information for Students and Families

     

    We have developed a remote learning information hub at www.gusd.net/remotelearning, which includes learning resources and important information about technology access, meal services, and mental health support. Check this website frequently and follow us @GlendaleUSD on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram for updates.

     

    Our top priorities right now are to ensure our students and employees are healthy and safe, our students maintain continuity of education, and our highest-need families receive healthy meals and access to necessities. Stay healthy and continue to look out for each other in the coming weeks.

     

    Sincerely,

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    Vivian Ekchian, Ed.D.
    Superintendent of Schools

     


     

    March 19, 2020, 7:00 p.m.

     

    Dear Glendale Unified Students, Staff, Families, and Community:

     

    The Board of Education and our district leadership are committed to ensuring the health and safety of our entire Glendale Unified community. Today Governor Gavin Newsom and the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health issued a stay-at-home order, beginning this evening and extending through April 19. We remain in constant communication with the Department of Public Health and the Los Angeles County Office of Education and will update our plans based on their recommendations and in collaboration with our labor partners. We will provide more specific updates to our students, staff, families, and community tomorrow, March 20, 2020.

     

    Glendale Unified School District will continue to provide meal services for high-need students and remote learning opportunities for all students throughout this time. 

     

    We have developed a remote learning information hub at www.gusd.net/remotelearning. Check this website frequently and follow @GlendaleUSD on FacebookTwitter, and Instagram for updates.

     

    Sincerely,

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    Vivian Ekchian, Ed.D.
    Superintendent of Schools

     


     

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    March 13, 2020, 6:45 p.m.

     

    Dear Glendale Unified Students, Staff, Families, and Community:

     

    The Board of Education and our district leadership are committed to ensuring the health and safety of our entire Glendale Unified community. The public health crisis created by COVID-19 is unprecedented and we are in uncharted waters as we work to prevent the spread of this illness. We continue to follow guidance from state and local health and education authorities on how we can keep our students and staff safe in the midst of this rapidly evolving situation.

     

    Today, the Los Angeles County Office of Education authorized the 80 school districts in Los Angeles County to close schools, effective Monday, March 16, in order to mitigate community spread of COVID-19. It is important to note that this is not a directive from the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health. This is an educational recommendation from the County Office of Education to encourage social distancing.

     

    In the best interest of student health and safety, we have made a decision to extend spring break for an additional week, and then move to a remote learning model through April 3, 2020. Our schedule for the next three weeks will be as follows:

     

    • March 16-20 – Regularly scheduled spring break
    • March 23-27 – Extended spring break for students. Teachers and staff report their regular work locations.
    • March 30-April 3 – Students engage in off-campus, remote enrichment activities (you will receive additional information from your school site next week). Teachers and staff report to their regular work locations.

     

    At this time, we expect that regular classes will resume on Monday, April 6, 2020. We will reassess the situation in the coming weeks and determine if an extended remote learning model will be necessary.

     

    Early Education and Extended Learning Programs (EEELP)

    Glendale Unified Early Education and Extended Learning Program (EEELP) spring break camp will be open and operating on a normal schedule over spring break, through March 23. State subsidized childcare will continue in the weeks following spring break. All other preschool, childcare, and before- and after-school programs will be closed until Monday, April 6.

     

    Nutritional Services

    Our Nutritional Services Department will continue to serve lunches for our high-need students during the two weeks following spring break. Lunches will be distributed at grab-and-go centers located at several of our school sites, beginning March 24. We will send additional instructions to our families about this process shortly.

     

    District Office Operations

    District office operations will continue on a normal schedule unless otherwise directed by the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health. Our Facilities and Support Operations team will conduct their scheduled deep cleaning of all school facilities next week over the spring break holiday.

     

    I know that this is a difficult, frustrating, and possibly frightening time for many of our students, staff, and families. We will continue to provide you with frequent updates and links to helpful resources. Please help us by taking care of yourselves and each other in the coming weeks. Although we need to practice social distancing in a physical sense, we can still offer a kind word or a helping hand to someone in need, even if it is just a phone call or a text message.

     

    We are committed to ensuring the health and safety of our entire Glendale Unified community. We will continue to provide you with frequent updates in the coming days and weeks. Thank you once again for your support.

     

    Sincerely,

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    Vivian Ekchian, Ed.D.
    Superintendent of Schools

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