On Friday, March 13, 2020, the La Habra City School District (LHCSD) Board of Trustees, in consultation with the County Office of Education, the Centers for Disease Control, and the Orange County Health Department, made the difficult decision to close all nine of its schools effective Monday, March 16. LHCSD immediately began its Distance Learning journey by providing training to teachers and setting its focus on student engagement and equity. In addition to Distance Learning, the District’s Nutrition Team was able to provide complete, nutritious meals through curbside delivery starting March 16.
The La Habra City School District serves approximately 4,600 students. Seventy-nine percent of our students qualify for a free or reduced-priced meal, and more than 40% are English learners. While we had 1:1 iPads at three of our sites, it was imperative for our team to ensure that each of our students had a device suitable for Distance Learning. Our Technology Team coordinated six successful iPad distribution days, including two for hotspots, and offered on-going technology help in-person and by phone for our students, families, and teachers. LHCSD also created online resources to instruct families on how to use digital learning platforms, virtual instructional tools, and provided links for childcare. To monitor student participation in Distance Learning, LHCSD created Distance Learning Engagement sheets to allow teachers to monitor which students were participating in synchronous and asynchronous lessons and turning in work. School teams then followed up with students who were not engaged.
A Distance Learning Grading Committee was created to develop interim Administrative Regulations regarding evaluation of student achievement to ensure students were held harmless during the transition to Distance Learning. The updated grading policies Link: https://www.lahabraschools.org/updates/continuity-of-learning-plan for Distance Learning was shared with families on the LHCSD website.
We are extremely grateful to all LHCSD staff members for their extraordinary efforts. We are fortunate to have a strong team of educators and support staff who worked together to meet our students’ academic and socio-emotional needs in these unprecedented times. #1Team1Vision!