District OKs Cloud-Based Security System

First published in the Jan. 13 print issue of the Outlook Valley Sun.

The La Cañada Unified School District took a major step in beefing up its security at all school sites with the Governing Board’s approval of a contract that will replace the existing system with one that is modern and cloud-based.
Board members voted 5-0 in favor of purchasing hardware, software and a 10-year licensing agreement from Verkada, a California company that specializes in cloud-based security systems. The total cost amounts to $508,706. The district will also require additional wiring for the cameras, which is estimated at $189,759, but La Cañada will seek funding from the federal government through the Schools and Libraries Program, which was created to give discounts to schools looking to make telecommunications and information services upgrades.
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LCUSD’s COVID Precautions Pay Off

First published in the Jan. 13 print issue of the Outlook Valley Sun.

One week removed from having to postpone the return to in-person instruction following the winter break due to a concerning number of COVID-19 positive cases, the La Cañada Unified School District had better news for stakeholders during the Governing Board meeting on Tuesday.
The precautions taken worked, with the positivity rate dropping from 10% last week to 1.8% on Monday. After having nearly 300 students and staff test positive for the coronavirus at testing sites on Jan. 3 and 4, the district distributed at-home COVID-19 test kits provided by Los Angeles County to families and staff and asked them to test on Sunday and submit the results by the evening.
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Crestview Debate Team Places 3rd in Tournament

First published in the Jan. 6 print issue of the Outlook Valley Sun.

The Crestview Preparatory School Debate Team recently placed third in the Golden West Debate League Tournament, where the students competed against 200 5th- and 6th-graders from eight Southern California institutions.
Each team, made up of three students each, engaged in four rounds of debate over a period of eight hours, while following strict middle school public debate rules. The debates covered topics such as gas-powered cars, the use of standardized testing for school admissions and drone warfare.
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Spelling Is Elementary for These Students

First published in the Jan. 6 print issue of the Outlook Valley Sun.

Photos by Chris Sutton
Outlook Valley Sun

Students in the 4th, 5th and 6th grades at La Cañada Elementary School, Palm Crest Elementary School and Paradise Canyon Elementary School recently participated in their school’s annual spelling bees.
The top spellers from each class then competed, while their classmates cheered them on.
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