Superintendent Reopening Update # 15 — LAHS Distance Learning Extended; Students Return for Finals

Dear Los Alamitos Unified School District Families and Community, 

I hope you and your loved ones are healthy as we begin the new year. 

Since the onset of COVID-19, we have been guided by infectious disease experts and agencies at the national, state and county level in deciding how to keep our students and staff safe while we meet our obligation as educators. We closely monitor conditions and have followed — or exceeded — all expert guidance to ensure that our schools safely provide in-person instruction and meet the diverse needs of our students. 

While our K-8 schools have remained open, Los Alamitos High School temporarily shifted to distance learning on December 16.  We had planned for LAHS students to return to in-person instruction later this week, but we have decided to keep LAHS on distance learning through Friday, January 22, 2021. 

We made this decision to ensure that LAHS students have no disruptions to their learning this close to the end of the first semester by needing to quarantine as a close contact. We also understand students have a heightened level of stress with final exams, and we hope to reduce this stress on our students by having them return in-person the week of January 25 to take their tests in the more natural environment of their classrooms but on a schedule modified to allow the fewest distractions. The schedule for finals week is the same schedule previously sent to all LAHS families. It is a modified schedule where students attend campus only two days with one cohort a day.  

All LAHS students will resume our hybrid in-person instruction at the start of second semester on Monday, February 1, 2021. Our elementary and middle schools will continue in the hybrid instructional format. 

On behalf of our Board of Trustees and the entire Los Alamitos USD Family, we want to extend heartfelt thanks to each of you for your patience, understanding, support, determination, and grit you have demonstrated in working as our partners through the COVID-19 pandemic.  This is an extraordinary community of students, teachers, support staff, administrators and families who have worked together to ensure that our students’ educational needs are met at the highest level.  We should all take pride in what we are accomplishing. 

As a final reminder, we are all in this together when it comes to slowing the spread of COVID-19. Here are some concrete steps our community can take to help these efforts, according to the Orange County Health Care Agency:

•        Get tested for COVID-19 if symptomatic or in close contact with an infected person.

•        Stay home, especially if you do not feel well.

•        Avoid gatherings; stay at least six feet from anyone not in your household.

•        Wear a face covering.

•        Wash your hands often.

•        Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.

•        Clean and disinfect frequently touched surfaces.

Please stay well, and know that we all are truly Better and Stronger Together!

Sincerely,

Andrew Pulver, Ed.D, Superintendent