March 23, 2020

Dear MBUSD Community,
Thank you for your feedback on our communications. We continue to update our COVID-19 page and our Parent Resources Page , and many in our community are contributing to both. I want to give a shout-out to the City of Manhattan Beach's Coronavirus webpage . It is an outstanding resource for our community. Here are a few brief updates that I think will be helpful for everyone to know:

  • The Los Angeles County Office of Education has recommended that all county public schools remain closed with staff returning on May 4 and students returning to school on Tuesday, May 5, 2020. MBUSD will comply to help contain the spread of COVID-19. This follows new state and county public health orders. (Remember that the Governor has publicly stated that there is a very good chance we will not return to school this year, so ...)

  • State testing (CAASPP) for grades 3-8 and 11, as well as all other state assessments, have been cancelled for this year.

  • Advanced Placement testing is being drastically revised so that students may take exams at home. Students should contact their Advanced Placement teacher to learn more details.

  • Please remember that this is a great time to remind your children about the importance of reading every day. Not only will it unquestionably help them to grow academically, but getting lost in a book is the best stress reliever of all time. In fact, let's all do a little more reading!

  • I've heard some concerns that parents are posting photos or videos of some of the online learning that is occurring. This is against board policy and the law, as it may put the privacy of our students and our teachers at risk. Please continue to share stories about what is happening in our District, but we all need to refrain from posting photos or videos.

  • On Friday our District Office donated 1,200 N95 respirator masks to the MB Fire Department for use by our local first responders. This is a community-wide effort and we are grateful for every person on the "front line" putting their lives at risk every day.
  • Lawmakers and medical professionals across the nation remain highly concerned about people not taking social distancing seriously enough. This is not just for your health and safety, it is for the community's and the world's. Our fields and blacktops remain open during school hours for people to play safely, exercise, or just get some fresh air. Please do not use playground structures which are cordoned off for your safety. If I hear or see that people are not practicing safe social distancing, or if community members are not staying off of our play equipment, I will close the grounds. Please distance yourself and remind others to do the same.

Thank you, and stay safe.
Mike Matthews, Ed.D.
Manhattan Beach Unified School District
325 S. Peck Avenue
Manhattan Beach, CA 90266
(310)318-7345, x5900
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