Dear Laurence Families,
I hope that you are having a relaxing Winter Break with your loved ones. A new year is upon us, and with it, bringing hope for happier, healthier, and more enjoyable times for all.
As all of us are aware, the COVID-19 situation in LA County remains critical, with case numbers still surging, a regional stay-at-home order, a hospital bed shortage, and anticipated additional fallout from holiday travel and gatherings. In consultation with our medical task force and keeping in mind a variety of factors, including numerous positive cases in the community as well as local hospitalizations, ICU capacity, oxygen availability, and positivity rates, we have made the decision to stay completely virtual through the end of the week of January 18. While this may not be the news that you were hoping for, I trust that you understand the difficult circumstances and the need for us to protect our faculty, staff, and entire school community. We will send an email early next week with plans for supply pick-up, and our faculty will continue to deliver the best remote learning experiences around.
Looking ahead, there is hope on the horizon! School staff have been designated as part of Phase 1B for vaccine distribution, and Governor Newsom recently announced the state's Safe Schools for All Plan, both of which will facilitate a timely return to campus.
I remain steadfast in my hope that we will be together again soon. We will continue to actively monitor the situation and will be in communication with you, should there be a need to further postpone our on-campus return. In the meantime, we will continue to provide updates as we look toward a return date to on-campus learning for K-2, and additional on-campus opportunities for our 3-6 students.
Please don't hesitate to reach out with any questions or concerns. My door is always open.