December 9, 2020
December 9, 2020


Dear Laurence Families,

I hope that you and your loved ones are safe and healthy.  Since reopening our campus to students in late October, we have done everything possible to keep our school community safe, by continuing to follow or exceed the strict guidelines from the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health (LACDPH), in consultation with our medical task force.  Last week, Los Angeles County issued a revised targeted Safer at Home order, in response to the surge in COVID-19 cases and the declining ICU capacities in our area hospitals.  Other schools, including all LAUSD schools, have announced a hard closure of their campuses, including for sports conditioning and specialized services.   

Given all the circumstances, we believe that it is prudent for us to be consistent with the intent of the Safer at Home order and to do our part to help slow the spread of COVID-19 during this extreme surge.  To that end, we have decided to close our campus to all student activities (K-2 in-person instruction and 3-6 sports conditioning) for the week of December 14th.  All instruction will be remote for K-6th grade, and sports conditioning is cancelled.  We are asking all families, K-6, to sign up for a supply pickup next week, running December 15-17. Families with a K-2 student will be able to pick up supplies on either Wednesday or Thursday next week.

While our students will not be on campus, we will still hold our Winter Spirit Week (Dec. 14-18), wrapping up this final week before Winter Break with a school-wide virtual holiday party on Friday at 5:15 pm. We know that this news will be a relief to some and disappointing to others, and we thank you for your support in understanding our role to protect the physical health and safety of our greater community. 

As I mentioned in my previous correspondence, our first week back from Winter Break will be a virtual week for all (January 5-8).  As of now, we intend to resume in-person learning for our K-2nd grade students starting the week of January 11th. We also hope to begin a part-time return to campus for our 3rd-6th graders in the new year, and will share our final plan as soon as it is completed!  

If you travel over Winter Break/virtual week and/or attend gatherings outside of your immediate family, we request that you follow the county, state, and CDC guidance to self-quarantine prior to returning to campus, and have your child participate remotely/skip sports conditioning.

We will continue to monitor the situation over the next few weeks and will continue to inform you of any adjustments to our plans.  Thank you for your unwavering support during this difficult time.  I look forward to more opportunities to come together in 2021 and beyond!