Visit our ANNOUNCEMENTS tab or visit www.losal.org to read the latest updates regarding our school closures related to COVID-19 and registration information for the current 2019/2020 and 2020/2021 school years.
Dear Los Alamitos Unified Families,
Following the guidance of Governor Gavin Newsom and state education officials, it is with a heavy heart that I share with you that all our campuses will be closed to students for the remainder of the 2019-20 school year. Our District facilities, classrooms, fields, playgrounds, tennis and basketball courts, and gymnasiums continue to remain closed during this time. We hoped to avoid these actions, but are following the necessary guidance to protect the health of our students, families, staff and the public by preserving physical distancing in our community and slowing the spread of coronavirus. While we are devastated by this news, I am confident we will continue to unite to find ways to support and connect as a community to make the best of the remaining school year for our beloved students, families and colleagues.
We are closely monitoring the crisis and should conditions change and public health officials advise it, we would take full advantage of bringing our students and staff back for even a short period of time before the end of the year. We choose to keep hope and grace alive!
Meanwhile, the immediate, extraordinary effort of our teachers and staff in getting our online learning platform up and running at the very start of this crisis means that we are positioned well to see it through to the end. As I have emphasized to you before, we know that the single most important factor in a child’s academic success is staying connected to school. To that end, we will continue training teachers, developing instructional content, and innovating our use of technology to provide the highest quality online learning experience we — and our homebound families — can manage during this pandemic. We will continue to do it in a way that recognizes the wide disparity of time, resources and personal situations among our students, families and staff during this emergency. We will keep you updated after Spring Break about changes and enhancements to our distance learning practices.
We are truly fortunate that our early August school-start calendar means our students have completed about three more weeks of in-class instruction than many other districts in Orange County. So, while the emergency closures have disrupted learning, our deficit is much smaller than it might otherwise have been. During this period, we will continue to follow our normal school calendar for each site with schools ending for students on May 28 for all sites except Weaver, which ends on June 4.
Nevertheless, closing our campuses raises many questions about grades, commencement, college admission policies, registration, summer school, summer camps and much more. In the coming days and weeks, we will share with you information about these and other related topics.
While our classrooms will remain closed to students, our free Grab ‘n’ Go meal distribution program will continue, as will distribution of Chromebooks for any students who do not have access to an internet device. Please contact your principal if you have any technology needs. Visit our CORONAVIRUS AWARENESS page or LEARNING CONNECTION for ongoing updates, information and resources for students and families.
Finally, even though many of you are not surprised by the State’s decision to keep classrooms closed, I know that it is extremely disappointing and difficult news to deal with. It certainly is for me and our staff. I encourage you to talk with your children and other family members isolating with you. Listen to them and acknowledge how they are feeling. This crisis is beyond stressful and places unfamiliar demands on everyone. Now, more than ever, it will take all of us working together and actively supporting each other to meet this challenge.
Stay safe and healthy, take care of your loved ones and know that we are Better Together!
Andrew Pulver, Ed.D
Enrollment Update for 2020/2021 School Year
Currently, our school is closed due to recent events regarding the Coronovirus. If you have all the registration paperwork available for the 2020/2021 school year, you can send it to the following:
Kerri Pallone, School Attendance Clerk
Fax Number: (562) 799-4570
Please be sure to include with your registration forms:
1. Copy of Live Birth
2. Copy of Immunizations
3. Two proofs of residency
However with this ever-changing environment and there is still plenty of time to register for the upcoming school year. If you choose, you may also just pull the registration forms together and submit them once the school reopens. Just be sure to continue to check our website for the latest updates.
Enrollment Update for Current 2019/2020 New Students
Due to schools being closed we are unable to complete enrollment for new students at this time. We are, however, able to begin accepting required documents. Please visit the following link to identify the items that are required for enrollment:
If you choose to begin the enrollment process for a new student for the current school year, please submit the registration paperwork, along with proof of live birth, current immunizations, and two proofs of residency via email or fax to the following:
Kerri Pallone, School Attendance Clerk
School Fax: (562) 799-4570
Although your child will not be officially enrolled at a Los Alamitos Unified School District school and will not be assigned to a class (until further notice,) please visit the following link to the Los Alamitos Unified School District's Learning Connections portal for free educational resources:
Thank you for your patience, cooperation, and understanding during these unprecedented times.
Dear McGaugh Families,
By now you have received the message from Dr. Pulver announcing the extension of our school closure to April 17 for the time being. I am certain that this is not the news you wanted to hear, nor is it the news we wanted to deliver, but if you are watching the various press conferences on television, you are not surprised. I have attached a short video produced by PBS that summarizes HOW the COVID-19 virus spreads and WHY we must take the precautions that have been put in place. I think you will find it informative and easy to understand. It is also something that can be shared with your family. It brought me a sense of peace in this otherwise hard to comprehend world in which we are now living. I wish you health, happiness, and a sense of hope in the coming weeks. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fgBla7RepXU
MCGAUGH SCHOOL OFFICE CLOSING TOMORROW, MARCH 19TH
If you need anything picked up from McGaugh (student work, Chrome Book, medication, personal items) you must come by 3:00 TODAY to pick up.
We will be retrieving emails but will have limited access to phone voicemail so you are encouraged to send an email directly to the person most likely to answer your question. If you are unsure who to contact feel free to contact Ms. Wood at firstname.lastname@example.org or me at email@example.com. We will have some access to our school but mostly will be working remotely from home beginning tomorrow afternoon.
On behalf of the McGaugh staff, we wish you the best and want you to know that there is nothing we want more than to be back in school and back to normal. I know the Governor made a statement about schools being closed through summer but we have not had any such message delivered to California school districts. I will continue to communicate with you with factual information. Stay positive; stay healthy; stay awesome!
DO THE FIVE
Help stop coronavirus
Good Morning McGaugh Parents!
Please come to the McGaugh Media Center TODAY between the hours of 10:00am and 2:00pm to pickup the following items:
The McGaugh staff and District team has been working diligently these past days to prepare appropriate curriculum for your child. This work has been uploaded and will be accessible through your child’s teacher’s Google Classroom. This class work will be available to you and your child beginning WEDNESDAY, March 18!
This digital learning platform called Google Classroom may be new to you, especially if your child is in the primary grades. I have attached a Parents’ Guide to Google Classroom. It gives a step-by-step guide on how to access and use Google Classroom!
Once your child’s Google Classroom is ready, you will need your child’s golosal.net account email and password. Many 2nd-5th grade students at McGaugh already use Google Classroom and know how to log-on. Ask them! They will show you! If your child’s teacher has not used Google Classroom, this will be new to them, and probably you as well. You can find their golosal.net email and password using the Aeries Parent Portal. Follow THESE instructions. You will receive another email tomorrow from your classroom teacher with more directions.
Every teacher at McGaugh now has a Google Classroom where you will access curriculum and instruction for your TK-5th grade child. The first assignment will be for Wednesday through Friday of this week and the second assignment will be for the week of March 23-27.
Intent to Return forms or renewed permits from student's home school district deadline is April 1, 2020. Parents are encouraged to scan and email forms to firstname.lastname@example.org. Forms can also be faxed to 562-799-4712. Email is the preferred method. If Parents need to submit new permits they can also scan and email the permit along with the supporting documents that are listed on www.losal.org under Enrollment and Interdistrict Transfers to email@example.com.