September 30, 2020 (Grades 1 - 6)
September 30, 2020 (Grades 1 - 6)

Dear Laurence Families,

I hope that the first few weeks of virtual learning are going well and that last week's Back to School Night events were informative and helpful for you and your family.

I'm writing to share some initial exciting news! We have received support from the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health to move forward with bringing our Kindergarten students on campus for staggered, in-person learning. While we look forward to the time when all students can return to campus, the LADPH has supported the return of only our Kindergarten students at this time. We will be following strict State and County requirements with our Kindergarten, which allow for no more than 10% of our total student population on campus at any time and a maximum of 12 students per cohort.

As you know, Los Angeles County remains in Tier 1 of the State's Framework for Recovery, which means that schools cannot open more grades for in-person learning absent a waiver from the local health department. The County announced yesterday that it will begin to accept applications for waivers to allow schools to open for students through 2nd grade. While the County is prioritizing schools that serve low-income students, we plan to submit our application as soon as possible. We will also explore options for us to bring students in the upper grades back to school as soon as the County allows. While these first steps don't enable us to bring everyone back to campus just yet, this is promising news, and we will keep you updated about our progress.

While we are excited to be able to provide on-campus time for our Kindergarteners, we are equally aware that all of our students miss their in-person experience. Our teachers and specialists will continue to bring your children engaging lessons and social connections during virtual learning, until we are allowed to bring everyone back to our campus! Dr. K is also working with all grade levels to provide additional emotional support. We appreciate the deep dedication of our faculty to your children, as well as your support and flexibility during this time.

The health, safety, emotional wellbeing, and learning needs of your children remain our highest priority. When the time comes that we are permitted to bring all of our students back on campus, we will be ready to do so safely and in accordance with all County and State requirements, as well as the health and safety protocols set forth in our Back to School Plan: 2020-21 and the advice of our Medical Task Force. We will provide sufficient notice before the beginning of any in-person learning and details about how it will all work. And we will continue to have a remote learning option for those families who do not wish to return to campus.

Thank you for your continued patience. We hope that we will all be together again soon. We are resilient and Stronger Together!

Warmly,
Laurie Wolke
Head of School