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Re-Opening Plan Academic Year 2020-21 Re-Opening Innovative and Safe Schools
Posted 8/3/20

Re-Opening Plan Academic Year 2020-21

Re-Opening Innovative and Safe Schools

Dear HLPUSD students, families, and staff,

As your new superintendent, it is with great honor that I welcome you to the 2020-2021 school year via Distance Learning! We look forward to starting school on August 5, 2020, by providing our students with a quality education. Our HLPUSD educators, staff, and leaders have been preparing this summer to provide innovative and safe schools. Our teams have planned for hybrid, independent studies, and distance learning models to ensure that our students receive engaging, rigorous, and standards-based instruction individually or in combination. It is our goal that this guidance provides our students, families, and staff with an easy to read reference using protocols received from national, state, and local health agencies.

It is a priority that the instructional components within this guidance provide our families the assurances on innovative instruction as outlined in Senate Bill 98. Our educators have received professional development to prepare for a new online learning platform, Canvas, which students will utilize daily for obtaining assignments and live interactions with their teachers and other staff to ensure that our students are connected. Safety nets are in place to assist our families who may be experiencing hardships through this pandemic, so we ask that you please reach out to us through your child’s principal and/or designated staff on campus.

While the safety procedures embedded within this document are meant to diminish the spread of COVID-19, we know that it will take everyone working collaboratively to mitigate the transmission and exposure. We know that practicing safety protocols outlined in this document will lead us in the right direction. We ask that after reviewing this guidance, you reach out to your child’s school should you have questions. Our schools have held several virtual meetings to provide support to our students, families, and staff.

We will be monitoring the guidance received from the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health on an on-going basis to plan for the reopening of schools when it is safe to do so. Currently, a county must be off of the state watch list for COVID-19 cases to be considered for reopening after 14 days of decreasing counts.

HLPUSD would like to thank the members of our Reopening Innovative and Safe Schools (RISS) committee, which included our employee associations, CSEA, HLPTA, SEIU, School and District Leaders, and the Board of Education for their unwavering support and commitment to instill a safe and innovative learning experience for our students.

In closing, I am honored to serve as your superintendent and will be serving on behalf of all of our students as we prepare them for college and career while meeting our district’s mission by “maximizing the talents, interests, and abilities... enabling them to meet the challenges and opportunities of a changing world.”


Dr. Alfonso Jimenez

Superintendent of Schools