The La Cañada Unified School District governing board unanimously voted last week to expand on-campus services by welcoming back 3rd-grade students on Feb.16 for in-person instruction.
Superintendent Wendy Sinnette said the move was possible because nearly half of families with 3rd-graders opted for the district’s virtual learning academy for the entire school year. The Los Angeles County Department of Public Health permits schools to open for specialized services as long as the number of students on campus does not exceed 25% of total enrollment.
“I’m just very appreciative of the administrative team that’s worked so hard to implement all the protocols,” Sinnette told the Outlook Valley Sun on Tuesday. “I think it’s been fabulous that we’ve maintained a really positive and collaborative working relationship with both [the teachers and classified employees associations].” Continue reading “LCUSD Ready to Bring Back 3rd-Graders”
Burbank Unified School District officials held another virtual session on Tuesday focusing on special education and assured parents that they are working on a safe return for special-needs students. Though the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health has allowed schools to reopen at a limited capacity for students with disabilities and English-language learners since Sept. 14, BUSD has kept its campuses closed since March due to the COVID-19 pandemic. “The district is working various scenarios and proposals to try to bring back some of our most vulnerable learners,” said Tamara Schiern, director of special education. “We are working on it, and I think we’re getting closer to implementing something.”
Following a recent decision by the Burbank City Council, face covering requirements are now enforced with a fine. The Los Angeles County Department of Public Health has released guidance for the use of cloth face coverings to help slow the spread of the COVID-19 virus. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has also affirmed that cloth face coverings are a critical tool in the fight against COVID-19, and that face coverings could reduce the spread of the disease, particularly when used universally within communities. Since the emergence of COVID-19, according to the city, Burbank and its police department have sought to gain compliance with face covering requirements with an emphasis on education.
As professional leagues manage their seasons amid a pandemic, youth and high school sports teams have remained sidelined due to restrictions from the state and Los Angeles County Department of Public Health. County health officials updated their Reopening Protocol for Youth Sports Leagues order last week, allowing players to train outside as long as there is 6 feet of separation among them, appropriate face coverings are worn by everyone and a screening is conducted prior to any activity. However, no tournaments or any kind of competition are permitted, and contact drills also are prohibited. Coaches and players are looking for any opportunity to get back on the field for in-person training but local administrators still cannot give them the green light. “L.A. County’s reopening protocols are at least a small gesture toward returning to competition for youth sports, by allowing small groups (10 or fewer) to train and practice sport-specific skills in outdoor areas,” Brian James, assistant principal of athletics and activities at Burbank High School, said in an email. “However, participation by public schools is still guided by the L.A. County Office of Education and the local district. To date, we have not received permission from either entity to resume school-level athletic practices.
By Mayor Michael Davitt
Special to Outlook Valley Sun
I hope that this letter finds everyone well during this most difficult time. As the community and L.A. County start to reopen certain businesses and recreational areas, I thought it would be helpful to share some information about the processes which are being followed.
The city of La Cañada Flintridge is one of 88 cities in Los Angeles County. Of those 88 cities, 86 cities, including La Cañada Flintridge, are under the control of Los Angeles County Department of Public Health (DPH) and rely on the expertise of the county health officials. This means that DPH is our city’s Public Health Agency. Continue reading “Mayor: How We Will Move Forward”
The La Cañada Unified School District Governing Board instructed Superintendent Wendy Sinnette this week to cancel student out-of-state field trips involving air travel because of the coronavirus pandemic, and the district is also assessing the importance of large group activities amid social distancing precautions.
At a regular meeting of the board Tuesday night, Sinnette and LCUSD’s Chief Technology Officer Jamie Lewsadder delivered a detailed report about the district’s plans regarding the possibility of school closures. The board also discussed upcoming air-travel field trips outside California as an agenda item and voted to cancel them.
Following the meeting, Sinnette sent out a district-wide letter about the decision.
The coronavirus, also known as COVID-19, is a respiratory illness that has spread worldwide. In a statement Wednesday, the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health said there were 27 cases in the county, including three reported by the city of Long Beach. Officials also reported the county’s first coronavirus-related fatality; the woman who died was an older woman with underlying health issues and a nonresident who had been visiting friends. Continue reading “LCUSD Cancels Student Trips Amid Coronavirus Precaution”
There is no shortage of customers at the popular El Pollo Loco restaurant in La Cañada Flintridge. Unfortunately, one of its visitors earlier this month had measles, briefly exposing customers to the risk of catching the virus, county health officials have said.
In a statement, an El Pollo Loco spokesperson said restaurant officials were aware of a public health report on the incident and are working closely with the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health — which is investigating measles cases and possible exposures — to ensure the safety of customers and employees. County officials said in a statement there is no known current risk related to measles that exists at the LCF restaurant and other locations at this time. Continue reading “County: Measles Exposure Caused Risk at Local Restaurant”