Hello La Habra families!
We are a couple of weeks into this new year and the pandemic has not slowed down within our city. We understand that this pandemic has impacted us all in different ways from our educational needs to physical and social-emotional well-being. For our families in need of additional support, please reach out to your school principal or send us a message through Let’s Talk on our District website. We can help and connect you and your family to local resources within our community.
As you know, we successfully returned our students to Hybrid Learning beginning on October 19 with the completion of all grades on November 16. Unfortunately, the positivity rates within the 90631 ZIP code began to rise at the end of November and we made the decision to return to Distance Learning on December 3rd. After careful consideration and consultation with public health officials, we extended the return date to Hybrid Learning to January 25th with optimism the surge would decline after the holiday break.
Unfortunately, the pandemic has not provided much relief after the new year. It is now not only about providing a safe environment for students and staff but also the quality of learning for students as well. With the rise in positivity rates, not only in La Habra but throughout the county, staffing has been increasingly more difficult when there is a shortage of qualified substitutes throughout the state.
With that said, we will extend the return date to Hybrid Learning until Thursday, February 11 and all grades, TK through 8th, will begin on the same day.
We understand this news will be received with mixed reactions with sighs of relief or disappointment. It is with heartfelt appreciation that I thank you for your patience, understanding, and flexibility as we navigate this ever-changing time in education.
All my best to you and your family. Please wear a mask, maintain social distancing, and be safe.
Dr. Joanne Culverhouse