The health crisis created by COVID-19 challenged our school and our community in ways we had never anticipated. To help LFCSA prepare for the uncertainties of the upcoming school year, we created Next Stage Planning group to analyze our school’s needs, as well as the recommendations from public health agencies, and to plan accordingly for all scenarios, and to be able to implement any of them as the context changes. To be responsive to the needs of our community, we collected survey data from students, parents, and staff. The findings from surveys and meetings helped us to identify the key concerns people had for distance learning as well as for returning to on-site learning. LFCSA also held community meetings where we were able to hear parents’ questions and concerns, as well as providing updates on our plans.
We want to express our gratitude to the parents and staff for their collaboration, dedication, and innovation in helping us to plan for the next school year: Liza Reyes Soderlind, Mariana Lavezzo, Vivian Haun, Alejandra Mayo, Madison Buckley, Marisa LaRou, Andreas Wenger, Jenina Castro, Michelle Jones, Helida Silva, Linda Lee, Nick Zanoria, & Margeaux Randolph.
Keeping our families in the loop is very important to us! We will be meeting monthly to gather feedback and share news with our community.
If you are a current family and would like to view the live recordings of past meetings visit the LFCSA Parent Page. You can access this page via ParentSquare.
On April 30th we fully transitioned all our grades to a hybrid learning model. Below you can view a sample schedule of this model. As transmission rates continue to drop in Los Angeles we are planning for a full return in the Fall. We will be monitoring our City’s progress and following all City and State recommendations as we prepare for the 2021-22 school year.
Ongoing Processes Throughout the Year
Communication and collaboration are incredibly important to us, to maintain our connection to our families. During these times, there is a lot of information, a lot of changes, and uncertainty. We will continue to communicate as much as we can through avenues such as our community meetings, weekly posts, surveys, emergency notifications, etc. to maintain our connection to you, and help keep everyone in the loop as much as possible. Such communication systems also aim to update you on other decision-making groups, discussions being held, and proposals coming out of various stakeholder groups.
Components of Our Program
Health & Safety Procedures
WE are focused on operationalizing health and safety procedures under each scenario, with strategies such as classroom spacing, PPE, traffic patterns, frequent hand washing, cleaning schedules, screening, classroom bubbles, transition patterns, and more.
Instructional Program & Supports
Teachers are thinking of effective models that best match the developmental needs of the students with strategies like team teaching, meaningful engagement, continued work on differentiation, flipped classrooms, and intervention sessions, to name a few.
We do not believe students should be online for 6 hours a day, nor do we think 1 hour a day is enough. We are still working on ways to find balance for screen time for both students and teachers. There will be shared expectations on what assignments are graded, and which are for the students to independently practice.
Arts Integration – Deep Dives
In the past 2 years, we have implemented art integration deep-dives. Instead of having all arts every week, each trimester students will take a deep dive into an art integration and work more closely with one art form.
Social Emotional Learning
Our teachers will continue to use Responsive Classroom, Mindfulness, and Growth Mindset practices in both distance learning and in-person classes. We will continue to provide opportunities to help our community with access to workshops, holding community conversations, and community connections in class.
We are committed to helping all students with learning differences to access their education during distance learning, and have been identifying different strategies and interventions to help provide educational access. We will continue to serve every child in a way that addresses their individual needs in accordance with the protections outlined in the Individuals with Disabilities Education Action (IDEA) to the extent possible within a distance learning platform.
Campus Open for Specialized Services
Starting the week of 10/12/2020, LFCSA has been bringing a select group of students back to campus in order to receive specialized services. These specialized services include certain special education services for students with Individualized Education Plans (IEPs), such as Adapted Physical Education and Occupational Therapy, which those students may have difficulty accessing via teletherapy. Please note that participation in on-campus services is being limited at this time based on factors such as attendance and overall engagement and is by invitation only.
In addition to these services, we will also be bringing in students for certain assessments, such as formal evaluation for special education and the state mandated English Language proficiency test for students identified as English Language Learners.
If you have any questions about your child’s participation in these on-site services, please contact our Special Education department:
Protocols for specialized services:
While on campus, everyone will be adhering to the Los Angeles Department of Public Health’s Specialized Services Protocols. Please help your child(ren) follow these rules to keep themselves and others safe. If a child refuses to follow these rules, they will not be able to participate in the specialized services.
- wear masks at all times
- maintain at least 6ft distance
- frequent handwashing
For health and hygiene purposes we have established the following:
- Pre-screening survey to be done prior to coming onto campus (see post below)
- Temperature screening
- Disinfecting schedule for high use areas
- Daily electrostatic disinfecting after hours
- Plastic barriers/partitions for smaller areas/offices that require 1:1 work (e.g. assessments or special services)
- HEPA Air purifiers for classroom and office spaces
Meals & Technology Access
We continue to provide lunches throughout the summer and school year, and are providing technology hardware to students in need.