Long Beach Unified School District School Bulletin

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September 1, 2022

LBUSD First Day of School Slideshow

Welcome Back, LBUSD Families!

High-fives, fist bumps, hugs and good vibes were in plentiful supply as we kicked off the 2022-23 school year this week! About 67,000 students and their families arrived at festive school entrances with balloon arches, welcome signs, upbeat music, and even an actual red carpet!

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LBUSD 2022-23 New Hires and New Principals

New Assignments Fill 75 Key Positions

Join us in congratulating the administrators who are starting new assignments at schools and offices in the Long Beach Unified School District this year!

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Sato Academy of Mathematics and Science

Sato Pathway Earns Gold Certification

What's LBUSD's golden rule? Always go for the gold! Sato's Engineering and Architecture Pathway is the latest to earn the highest honor from the Linked Learning Alliance.  

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LBUSD Board OKs Green Schools Policy

LBUSD is going GREEN! The recently passed student-led policy establishes a Climate Crisis and Sustainability Taskforce to help reduce greenhouse gas emissions.

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LBUSD educators participate in Space Beach Teacher Externship

LBUSD, City of Long Beach Launch Space Beach Teacher Externship Program

Our teachers are reaching for the stars! The professional development program for K-12 educators will create streamlined, easy-to-navigate career pathways for students interested in aerospace and related industries.

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Board Places Measure Q Bond on Nov. 8 Ballot

LBUSD’s Board of Education unanimously approved the placement of a $1.7 billion health, safety and student achievement bond measure on the upcoming November ballot. The decision aligns with strong public support for repairing aging schools and coincides with the Board’s approval of LBUSD’s 2022 Facility Master Plan.

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Strategic Planning Under Way

Help us shape the future! LBUSD will soon host events, talking sessions and focus groups to hear from students, parents, staff and community partners. The District plans to design a student and adult “portrait” and create a vision of how we imagine our students in LBUSD and in the future. 

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Names in the News

Congratulations! Over the summer, several LBUSD staff, including a former Board of Education member, were honored by the local community for their accomplishments.

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Retro Checks

LBUSD will issue 2.5% retroactive checks for Teachers Association of Long Beach members and qualifying non-represented employees by Sept. 8. The one-time 2.5% payment is based upon earnings for the 2021-22 fiscal year. This payment is in addition to the 4.5% ongoing salary increase that these employees recently received.

COVID-19 Testing for LBUSD Students and Employees

Free testing for LBUSD students and employees has been extended through Saturday, Oct. 15.

PCR and antigen rapid tests are available to those who are symptomatic or potentially coming off isolation.

Click here for more details on the Cabrillo High School testing clinic.

Employee Benefits

July 1, 2022 - The New Benefit Plan Has Now Begun!

As with each new plan year, any benefit limits and deductibles have reset. You can find benefit information at https://LBUSDbenefits.com and for a one-source summarized reference, view the 2022-2023 Benefits Booklet. 

Additionally, there were some vendor name changes (same companies, just new names): 

  1. LifeWorks, previously Morneau Shepell
  2. DeltaCare USA DHMO, previously DeltaCare PMI DHMO. 
  3. EyeMed, previously Medical Eyes Services (MES)
  • While a name change with the same benefit structure, there is a new group #1036914 and you will have to contact them differently at (866) 939-3633. Prior to July 1, EyeMed mailed out new vision ID cards. You can register at eyemed.com and print a new ID card if you have not received it.  


By now, whether or not you made any changes during the annual enrollment period in May, a confirmation statement should have been mailed to your home address on file. If you have not received it, please make sure that your home address is correct on your HR record by reviewing the ESS Portal.

Weight Watchers

We know this season is all about changes—whether it’s the leaves, the temperature or your routine. Take advantage of this moment to refocus on your health with support from our wellness partner, WeightWatchers. Unlock an individualized weight-loss plan that’s backed by science, expert Coaches and a community you can lean on. 

WW’s award-winning app puts the tools and guidance you need to find success right in the palm of your hand:

  • Sleep better with Breathe meditations and personalized bedtime strategies.
  • Move more with on-demand workouts from obé Fitness.
  • Stay on track with over 12,000-plus recipes at your fingertips.
  • Find motivation on Connect, WW’s members-only social network. 

Ready to start your own WW journey? Join WW by October 31 and get a FREE WW Mystery Box with your membership. All benefit-eligible employees and spouses, as well as medical plan enrolled retirees and retiree spouses, are eligible to join WW at a discounted rate and 50% subsidy, join WW for as low as $8.05 per month! Sign up now at WW.com/us/LBUSD. Then, get your WW Mystery Box at WW.com/mysterybox

Reminders from the Employee Benefits Team

  • Your access to Wellness Money has also reset as of July 1, 2022! If you have Kaiser or Aetna medical insurance, make sure to take your wellness actions and get your reward(s) by the end of this plan year, June 30, 2023. 

  • For those with an FSA balance for last plan year (July 1, 2021 – June 30, 2022), you have until Sept. 15, 2022 to use your available balance, and until Sept. 28, 2022 to submit those expenses to WageWorks. 

In Memoriam

Judy S. Clifton

former food

service supervisor

February 8, 2022

Adilis A. Vitetta

int. nutrition services worker, Nutrition Services Branch

March 24, 2022

Cheryl Mejico

former truck driver

April 14, 2022

Lawrence E. Sams

former custodian

May 3, 2022

Hung Q. Kim

former custodian

May 4, 2022

Maricela Tapia

intermediate office assistant, Operation Branch

May 6, 2022

Robert Reince

former teacher

June 1, 2022

John J. Hogan

former groundskeeper

June 13, 2022

Cheryl Bone

former instructional

aide - special

June 19, 2022

Edward H. Shimizu

former secondary teacher

June 25, 2022

Moises Esqueda

school safety supervisor, School Safety & Emergency Preparedness

June 27, 2022

Robert Perez

former grounds equipment operator

July 7, 2022

Marie Whitmore

former teacher

July 12, 2022

David L. Short

former principal

July 31, 2022

Tiffany Brodowski

teacher, Jordan

August 10, 2022

Official publication of the Long Beach Unified School District issued from the Office of the Superintendent of Schools.

1515 Hughes Way, Long Beach, California 90810
(562) 997-8000.




MEGAN KERR, President





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