Oct. 22nd
Debra Duardo, M.S.W., Ed.D.
Los Angeles County Superintendent of Schools

LACOE continues to work with the Board of Supervisors and Public Health Director Dr. Ferrer to support schools and ensure the voice of the education community is heard.

To that end, we are organizing focus groups of superintendents, school staff and parents for Public Health to learn more about their experiences, perspectives and concerns as we continue to work toward a safe and gradual re-opening of schools.  

Last month, I was pleased to share that in partnership with the Board of Supervisors, LACOE helped to secure $12.5 million in CARES Act funding to provide computer devices with connectivity for LA County students still in need. 

We later learned that the CARES Act funding must be used by Dec. 31, 2020, but the connectivity plans run through the end of the school year. I’m happy to report that the Board of Supervisors will consider a motion to fund the additional months of service at its Nov. 10 meeting. 

I look forward to keeping you updated on these important matters.
Public Health Update

  • Reopening Protocols for K-12 Schools — updates include: 
  • An adult can be assigned to two cohorts 
  • College testing exams permitted to be conducted at school 
  • School bus transportation guidelines

  • K-12 School Exposure Management Plan: If there is one COVID-19 case exposure in a classroom or cohort, the entire classroom or cohort is considered exposed and will require quarantine.

  • Exposure and Screening Decision Pathways for Children and Employees at Educational Institutions: Information on exposure and screening of adults/employees has been added. 

Information in response to questions received:

  • Approved waivers for grades TK-2: These students are not included in the cap for small group cohorts for specialized needs.

  • Classroom desks/furniture do not need to be removed if marked for non-use and does not impact 6-foot distancing.
Curriculum & Instruction
LACOE’s Center for Distance and Online Learning is proud to announce the launch of its Monthly MorSEL newsletter.

CDOL’s signature work is around arts integration and mental wellness using Social Emotional Learning as a foundation. The purpose of the monthly newsletter is to show how this critical work is connected while using a collective impact model.

The Monthly MorSEL will be a clearinghouse of resources, strategies and information to use at school sites. The newsletter aims to be user-friendly — accessible, shareable and helpful.
Foster Youth
Counselor Corner: 

LACOE’s Foster Youth Services counseling team has created a “Counselor Corner” padlet that provides a wide variety of resources and tools to help support students in foster care.

The team has gathered a variety of resources on topics that include FAFSA, bullying prevention, LGBTQ+, commercial sexual exploitation of children, foster youth laws, mental health support, scholarships and a staff contact list. 

Technology devices and caregiver assistance with use of technology:

LACOE's Foster Youth Services program has partnered with the LA County Dept. of Children and Family Services, iFoster, Children's Law Center and other community organizations to help secure devices for our most vulnerable students. A short survey has been sent to all district liaisons to obtain technology needs information that would benefit students.

Please take a minute to fill out this very short survey so that LACOE can assist with bridging this gap. Complete the survey.

Caregiver Roundtable: 

LACOE Foster Youth Services is planning to organize monthly meetings with resource parents, group homes and residential treatment providers to share ideas and discuss solutions to common issues. The meetings are being planned to begin in mid-November and more information will be shared when details are available.

Mental Health Support for Educators
The LA County Dept. of Mental Health has created a new Wellbeing Line as a resource specifically for teachers and school staff continuing to work during the pandemic.

School personnel experiencing unique challenges as they continue to serve youth in LA County are encouraged to call if they feel like they could use someone to talk to:

  • Work through their own stress 
  • Process student wellbeing needs and challenges 
  • Find wellbeing and mental health resources for themselves and others 

The Wellbeing Line is staffed with trained listeners 7 days a week from 10 am to 6 pm. The number to call is 833-307-0509.
Resources for Districts & Schools
LA County Hotspot Locator click here

Keep Learning California (Attendance Works, Families in Schools, PIQE) click here

All Families Need Help Digital Toolkit (LA County Children & Family Services) click here

California Parent & Youth Helpline (Parents Anonymous) click here