YMCA Foothills Launches Free PE Program

First published in the Nov. 20 print issue of the Glendale News Press.

In an effort to help kids stay active, the YMCA of the Foothills is launching their free P.L.A.Y. Program that will serve as an alternative space for Los Angeles Unified School District and Glendale Unified School District students — kindergarten through 6th-grade — to exercise and develop physically.
This physical education program will take place Monday, Nov. 29, through Dec. 15 at the Verdugo Hills Family YMCA location.
Two sessions will be offered each week on Monday and Wednesday. Grades K-2 will have PE from 3-3:45 p.m. and grades 3-6 from 4-4:45 p.m.
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No Large-Scale School Reopenings Before November

No campus in Los Angeles County will be allowed to reopen to all K-12 students until at least November, although schools can begin to offer small in-person classes for children with special needs at no more than 10% of campus capacity at one time, county Public Health Director Barbara Ferrer said.
Students, parents and educators had been hoping that progress against the coronavirus might allow campuses to reopen on a faster track. The small in-person classes for children who need special services, announced last week, could allow at least 200,000 students back to campus across the county.

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BUSD Stands by Grading Policy Despite Backlash

The BUSD Board of Education, which includes (from left) Roberta Reynolds, Steve Frintner, Armond Aghakhanian, Charlene Tabet and Steve Ferguson, backed Superintendent Matt Hill and the Burbank Teacher’s Association’s decision to change this semester’s grading policy to Credit/No Credit after listening to disgruntled parents’ letters.

The Burbank Unified School District stood firm in its decision to go with a “Credit/No Credit” grading policy for the spring semester despite backlash and pleas from parents during the Board of Education meeting on Thursday.
Superintendent Matt Hill and the five board members responded to numerous letters from concerned — and angered — parents regarding the Burbank Teacher’s Association and district’s controversial decision. All local schools closed March 16 because the COVID-19 pandemic and students were given Chromebooks for distance learning.
“I completely understand the passion and advocacy for your children,” Hill addressed parents during the meeting. “The approach we took with our teachers was looking at all of the options and thinking of different scenarios for each option.
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ALF Reaches Out to Foster Children

LAUSD Foster Youth Achievement Program counselors Maral Sousani and Dianna Armenta join Assistance League of Flintridge members Julie Crum, Linda Gill, Lyn Messner, Maureen Swenson, Mary Meiding, Roz Hilton and Nana Smith.

Assistance League of Flintridge recently worked with Maral Sousani, a counselor with the Foster Youth Achievement Program in Student Health and Human Services at Los Angeles Unified School District, and Christina Castro, a counselor in the Los Angeles County Office of Education, Foster Youth Services Coordinating Program, to reach out to foster care youth.

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