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August 3, 2020

Dear Lemoore Union Elementary School Families,

We are just a week away from launching our 2020/2021 school year and we are excited to begin this learning journey with you and your student(s). We will be opening this school year with ALL of our students in a Distance Learning Instructional model. The Distance Learning Model being implemented will NOT be the same as the Distance Learning approach we implemented last spring. Your child’s participation is NOT optional or under a “hold harmless” interpretation. Students will be provided with the same rigorous instruction and high level of expectations we provide to each one of our students during our traditional face-to-face instruction. We are committed to ensuring our students continue to receive the quality education our parents expect and our students deserve. Critical updates are noted below as we prepare for our year together:

●Students will be issued their technology device along with hard copy materials/textbooks to support instruction on August 11 & 12.

●School site Principals will provide specific parent information this week related to the school distribution plan.

●Meals will be provided in a grab and go model. Meal service will take place on Tuesday and Thursdays from 11:15am-12:45pm at each of our school sites. University Charter School and Bridges Academy students will have access at our Liberty Middle School campus for meal pick-up. Mobile meal service will be provided at Sunset Vista and Belle Haven at the times noted above. Please make sure to complete all necessary meal service lunch applications. If you have, any questions related to the meal service program, please contact the Child Nutrition Department at 559-925-6294. Meal service will begin on August 11.

Distance Learning Standards:

●Each student will be assigned a grade level teacher as well as support staff should the student receive English Language Development (ELD) services, Special Education services or Counseling support.

●Students will be engaged in daily instruction Monday through Friday. Attendance will be taken each day.

●A daily instructional schedule will be provided by your school Principal.

●Students will receive live instruction from their teacher, pre-recorded lessons from the teacher and/or online resources, and allotted time for independent work.

●Students will receive instruction based on the guaranteed and essential standards for their grade level.

●Students will be required to complete/submit assignments, and work will be graded.

●Students will receive a report card each trimester. A virtual parent conference will be implemented to ensure interactions and feedback related to student progress are in place

We are confident that together EACH ONE of us will work in partnership to support our precious students in order for them to receive the education they deserve. Critical information will be provided via your site principal and teacher in the coming days. Please make sure to refer to our district and site websites for our 2020/2021 school year critical information as well as phone call communication.We appreciate your continued support as we navigate the new school year with a focus on the health and safety of our students, staff and families.

Sincerely,

Cheryl Hunt

Superintendent

Our goal since the closure of our campuses in March has been to safely return our students back to school with in-person instruction and a traditional educational setting. This has also been a priority for our parents and families based on the current questionnaire we shared last week, asking our families to select the academic instructional model preferred for the upcoming school year. We have been monitoring this data and approximately 11% of our students have selected Distance Learning as their request for the entire 2020/2021 school year.

On Friday, July 17, 2020, Governor Newsom and the California Department of Public Health announced schools may not return to in-person instruction until their county has been removed from the state monitoring list for fourteen (14) days, which is not anticipated in Kings County based on recent trends and the way in which California is monitoring the pandemic criteria. This announcement and guidance make it clear that our plan and hopes to reopen with in-person instruction will not be possible by the beginning of the 2020/2021 school year. This means we will start the school year with our students placed in the Distance Learning Instructional Model.

We will be releasing more details to families within the next two (2) weeks. However, please be assured the Distance Learning Model being implemented will NOT be the same as the Distance Learning approach we implemented last spring. In stark contrast, Distance Learning in 2020-2021 is NOT optional or under a “hold harmless” interpretation. Students will be provided with the same rigorous instruction and high level of expectations we provide to each one of our students during our traditional face-to-face instruction. We are committed to ensuring our students continue to receive the quality education our parents expect and our students deserve. I have provided a few details to support some of the questions you may be asking at this time:

  • Students will be engaged in daily instruction Monday through Friday and attendance will be taken each day
  • Each student will be assigned a grade level teacher as well as support staff should the student receive English Language Development (ELD) services or Special Education services
  • Students will receive live instruction from their teacher, prerecorded lessons from the teacher and/or online resources, and allotted time for independent work
  • Students will receive instruction based on the guaranteed and essential standards for their grade level. This will include participation in local assessments and any required state assessments
  • Students will be required to complete/submit assignments, and work will be graded
  • Students will receive a report card each trimester. A virtual parent conference will be implemented to ensure interactions and feedback related to student progress are in place
  • Students will be issued a Chromebook device or iPad (UCS only) to use for instructional purposes. A device distribution plan will be sent to parents prior to the start of the school year
  • Students will be issued hard copy materials/textbooks to support instruction
  • Lunch will be available in a grab and go model at each of our sites at a specific time to be sent prior to school beginning. UCS and Bridges Academy families will have access at our Liberty Middle School campus for lunch pick up. We will also continue with our Sun Set Vista and Belle Haven mobile distribution sites.

As we continue to move forward, we encourage our families to complete the Instructional Setting Questionnaire by July 27. This data is still important to us, in order to plan accordingly for reopening when that time comes. Keep in mind, if our County stays off the monitoring list for the required period of time and we can reopen, we will continue to be in a COVID-19 environment. Some of you may opt to keep your children in distance learning and those that opt to return for in-person classes will be required to follow the safety precautions we have outlined in our LUESD 2020 Return to School Reopening Plan. The plan can be found on our website: 2020 Return to School Reopening Plan

Thank you for your understanding and patience during this challenging time. This dynamic situation is ever changing. I am confident that together EACH ONE of us will work in partnership to support our precious students in order for them to receive the education they deserve. Please make sure to refer to our district website often at www.luesd.k12.ca.us for critical information in the coming days and weeks. We will continue to provide updates as new guidance is received. We hope our families remain healthy and safe and we encourage you to follow our “Practice at Home” series on our website to prepare our students for their transition back to school as soon as this is possible.

Cheryl Hunt

Superintendent