Long Beach Unified School District Updates: Graduation, Summer School, and Next Year 

Dear Neighbor,

As the COVID-19 emergency continues, I want to make sure that residents are all well informed on everything that is going on and that affects them. In many cases this includes updates that are actually not related to the Long Beach City Council, but certainly impact Long Beach residents. That is why I am updating you on one of the City's close partners during this emergency, the Long Beach Unified School District. As a mother with two school aged sons I know how important updates from the school district can be. Especially on topics like graduation, summer school, and the next school year. 

Announcement from LBUSD:
 
The Long Beach Unified School District continues to partner with the Los Angeles County Office of Education, the Long Beach Department of Health and Human Services, and other regional and state agencies to protect the health and safety of students, their families and school employees during the ongoing global coronavirus pandemic.

Graduations, and Closing the School Year
Because health officials continue to advise against large, in-person gatherings, unfortunately schools cannot offer traditional graduation or K-8 promotional ceremonies. However, the school district is working diligently to provide a memorable, virtual graduation celebration. Additional information on virtual graduation and other close-of-school processes will be coming soon to families and school staff.

Summer School and Other Summer Activities
During the summer months, the school district will provide very few in-person activities, again based upon the advice of our partnering agencies. These activities will be restricted to essential worker childcare, a small preschool program and some limited intervention opportunities for students who need extra help. A reminder regarding current options for childcare: the nonprofit Pacific Gateway Workforce Partnership has launched  WorkLB, a free electronic platform that helps to connect hourly child care providers with members of the public who suddenly need quality childcare. For more information, call (562) 570-4249.

During the summer, we will not be able to allow for sporting activities or any large student or staff gatherings until further notice. The school district will offer online summer school for grades 9 to 12 starting after the close of the traditional school year and is working to add additional online intervention options. Additional information will be forthcoming.

Start of 2020-21 School Year
The calendar for the 2020-21 school year begins on Sept. 1 and ends on June 16, 2021. LBUSD continues to plan for the new school year, which will include a range of options for students. The planned start date remains the same, but the new school year will not be "business as usual," requiring the school district to explore a variety of adjustments. In the next several weeks, families will receive a link to a survey that will be used to gather thoughts on the current home learning program and to help with planning for the fall semester.
More Information and Resources

Find more resources and information at the school district's  Coronavirus Response website at lbschools.net.

I want to assure you that my office and my team are at your service and will continue to provide any and all assistance we can from both our office at City Hall as well as our Field Office at 340 Nieto Avenue. Please reach out to our office any time as our focus will continue to be providing effective information and responsive assistance for any request. 
 
If you have any questions please feel free to contact my office at (562)570-6300 or by email at district3@longbeach.gov.

Sincerely,
Suzie Price
Councilwoman, Third District
     
Third District Council Office
411 W. Ocean Blvd., 11 th Floor
Long Beach, CA  90802
(562) 570-6300 

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