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School closure and coronavirus (COVID-19) information

Dr. Joanne Culverhouse

Superintendent

April 2, 2020
Dear La Habra Staff and Community,                                                                              

Yesterday, Governor Newsom, State Superintendent of Public Instruction Thurmond, and County Superintendent, Dr. Mijares announced that all California schools will remain closed to students through the end of the 2019-20 school year, as a result of increased COVID-19 cases throughout the state.  The extension of school closures reaffirms the Governor’s previous statements and his intention to continue “stay at home” orders to protect the public health.  

As one of the largest crises we have had to deal with in our time, COVID-19 has impacted numerous aspects of our daily lives from education to employment to social relationships.  It is in these times that you see the immensity of courage and love that our teachers, staff, and families are providing to each other. It is now, truer than ever, that LHCSD is stronger together to face and overcome these challenges! 

Words cannot convey the gratitude we have for our teachers, staff, and families for the outpouring of patience, support, and kindness as we carefully work together to navigate the unprecedented challenge of Coronavirus (COVID-19). 

In this first week of Distance Learning, our focus has been on ACCESS. We continue to ensure that students have the necessary tools to stay connected with their teachers as we approach a new way of teaching and learning.  What that looks like may appear different for each child, grade level, and classroom as teachers continue to work hard to connect with and engage their students in learning.  

Our nutrition services staff will continue to prepare and provide free meals for all children under the age of 18.  This will be available Monday to Friday from 10:30 - 12:30 at Las Lomas, Walnut, and Washington Middle School.

Connectivity and having a learning device is critical and we will continue to support our families. If your child does not have a device, please go to our website at https://www.lahabraschools.org/ and click on Need A Device. You can also click on Distance Learning Tech Support, fill out the form and you will receive a call from our technology department. 

After more than 30 years in education, I would have never imagined this major disruption to our education system. There is a profound sense of sadness for our students, families, teachers, staff, and community; however, I am hopeful that the physical closure of our schools will keep our families and community safe and healthy during this time.

My heart goes out to each and every one of you as we all try to find balance in our new reality. Although we are physically apart, we are still in this together as a team.  We will continue to teach, engage and support our students through distance learning. Please continue to take care of each other and stay healthy. We miss you and the children.

Joanne Culverhouse, Ed.D.
Superintendent

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Dear La Habra City School District Parents, Guardians, and Staff,

We would like to remind you that after expert guidance from the Orange County Department of Public Health, the Center for Disease Control and Prevention and with the support of the Orange County Department of Education, all schools in the La Habra City School District (LHCSD) will remain closed.

While information is changing on a daily basis, we expect our schools and District Office to be closed through May 8, 2020 with students returning on Monday, May 11, 2020. We are dismissing school (temporary school closure) for eight weeks starting from our initial date of March 16, 2020.  These dates are subject to change as we receive further guidance from the Public Health Agencies and Orange County Department of Education.

Although there are no confirmed cases of coronavirus (COVID-19) related to our District, this step is being taken out of an abundance of caution.  This is not a decision we take lightly, as we know that temporarily closing our District has a tremendous impact on our students and families.  However, we have confidence that this is the proper precautionary course at this time.

Instruction will not be provided during Spring Break, March 23-27, and we urge you to continue to be safe and practice social-distancing guidelines. 

LHCSD Important Updates and Information:

Distance Learning

LHCSD will begin Distance Learning on March 30, 2020.  We are so proud and grateful for our teaching staff who have taken on this tremendous task to continue to educate and support  our students.  The purpose of Distance Learning is to provide continuity of learning to all of our students, pre-school-8th grade.  Teachers and administrators have been working hard all week to develop lessons using Distance Learning platforms.  Teachers will now be able to communicate, teach, connect and provide feedback to students digitally.  For families who may have difficulties accessing Distance Learning digitally, alternative plans will be available.

Device Access 

Our priority is to provide devices for those students that currently do not have any at home.  For students that do not have a device or internet to access Distance Learning opportunities, beginning March 30, the District technology staff will provide devices. In order to support social distancing guidelines, the device checkouts will require an appointment in advance. To request an appointment, please complete our Technology Access Form.

Students that currently have access to a device or have already arranged to check-out a device do not need to complete the Technology Access Form

Technology Helpline for Parents

The Technology Department is available to answer questions from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m., Monday through Friday except for the week of Spring Break.  Questions related to technology should be submitted through our Distance Learning Technology Support form

Special Education

If your child receives special education services, your child’s IEP team will communicate how Distance Learning will support your child’s unique needs.

Nutrition Services

The Nutrition Services Department will continue to serve Grab and Go Meals during school closures to all children 18 and under.  The meals will be available from 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., Monday through Friday at Walnut, Las Lomas and Washington Middle School.  No application or identification is needed.   All children are welcome, but must be present in order to receive their meal.  As a reminder, Grab and Go Meals will not be available the week of Spring Break, March 23 to March 27.

Questions

We understand that parents and guardians may have questions.  In order to address your questions related to the following:

Instruction and Learning - Teachers and site principals will be available by email on March 30.  Please refer to your school’s website for their contact information.

Technology Support - Please use this link  http://bit.ly/LHCSD-DLTS

All Other Questions - Please use Let’s Talk

We will continue to keep you updated as information becomes available. Thank you for your continued partnership to help ensure the health and welfare of our students, staff, and community.

Sincerely,

Dr. Joanne Culverhouse

Superintendent


March 19, 2020

Dear Parents/Guardians,

The Buena Park, Fullerton Elementary, La Habra City School District, and Lowell Joint School District serve nearly 25,000 students combined in the north Orange County area. As the Superintendents for each of these districts, we continue to collaborate and communicate daily with each other and with the Orange County Department of Education while following the guidance received from the Orange County Health Care Agency, the CA Department of Public Health, and the Center for Disease Control. Out of an abundance of caution, care for our students, families, and staff, and in an effort to prevent the spread of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19), all schools within the districts listed above will remain closed through May 8, 2020.

We are scheduled to open schools on Monday, May 11, 2020.

On Wednesday, March 17, you may have heard a statement by Governor Gavin Newsom about schools remaining closed until summer break across the state. At this time, his statement is still just a prediction and not a definite statement on the status of our District’s closure. We are following the guidance of the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and Public Health Agencies and will remain closed until May 11, 2020 guiding us to remain closed for eight weeks. As you are aware, guidelines are changing daily and we will continue to make decisions in the best interest of your children. As information continues to evolve, we will communicate with our communities collectively and reassess our approach. These dates are subject to change as we receive further guidance from the Public Health Agencies and Orange County Department of Education.

Families can expect to receive specific communication from their district and schools pertaining to the instructional and educational expectations due to the extended school closure.

We encourage you to stay informed of the situation by regularly checking updates from Orange County Health Care Agency and the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and on each of our district websites. We will work through this together to keep our students, families, and staff Safe.

 

Sincerely,

Mr. Jim Coombs         Dr. Joanne Culverhouse             Dr. Robert Pletka        Dr. Ramon Miramontes

Lowell Joint SD           La Habra City SD                       Fullerton SD                Buena Park SD


March 15, 2020

Good Evening Parents and Guardians,

We would like to remind you that after expert guidance from the Orange County Department of Public Health, the Center for Disease Control and Prevention and with the support of the Orange County Department of Education, all schools in the La Habra City School District (LHCSD) remain closed beginning tomorrow, March 16. Our KidZone, ASES and School Readiness programs will also be closed.

With the closing of our schools, plans to support student learning and nutrition services will be implemented. On Tuesday, March 17, between the hours of 9:00 am and Noon, parents or guardians may pick up optional learning activities for enrichment and reinforcement at your child’s school. Our teachers and staff will plan for distance learning should school closures continue after Spring Break. As we continue to develop our plans for distance learning opportunities for our students, LHCSD is asking our families to please take a brief survey to let us know your ability to access technology from home. This survey is for planning purposes as a proactive measure. Please click on the link below to access the survey.

http://bit.ly/LHCSDTechSurvey

LHCSD will begin a Grab and Go lunch program for children ages 18 and under starting on Monday, March 16. The lunches will be distributed from curbside pickup at Walnut Elementary, Las Lomas Elementary and Washington Middle School, Monday through Friday from 10:30 am to 12:30 p.m., and will continue through the duration of the closure, but not during our scheduled Spring Break. Students must be present to receive these meals, and no enrollment paperwork will be needed to participate.

During this time of uncertainty, we will continue to communicate with you often and will provide any new information as it becomes available. We ask that you continue to visit our website at lahabraschools.org and our District social media on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter. Please review your contact information and verify it is up to date through the Parent Portal. If you have any questions, please call us at (562) 690-2305.

Thank you for your understanding and collaboration as we make decisions for the health and welfare of our students, staff and community. By working together, we can and will continue to support our students and community through this difficult time.

All my best to you and your family.

Joanne Culverhouse

Superintendent


March 13, 2020

LHCSD Board of Education announces school closures

 

La Habra City School District
Schools Closure Announcement

Dear La Habra City School District Families, Staff and Community,
 
The La Habra City School District is committed to the health and welfare of our students, staff and community.  After discussions with the Orange County Department of Education (OCDE) and recommendations from the California Department of Public Health regarding coronavirus (COVID-19), the Board of Education has made the decision to close all schools to students beginning Monday, March 16th out of an abundance of caution.  Schools will tentatively reopen after Spring Break on Monday, March 30th pending further recommendations from county and state agencies.  The District is also preparing for distance learning opportunities should schools remain closed.

The District is committed to providing enrichment opportunities during our school closure from March 16th through March 20th. Teachers and staff will prepare optional enrichment lessons which will be available through our website or can be picked up at your child’s school on Tuesday, March 17th between 9:00am to 12:00pm.

We understand that school closures affect all families, and we are committed to addressing the needs of all our learners. We will continue to offer lunches next week (March 16th through March 20th) to all children under the age of 19 through curbside pickup at Walnut, Las Lomas and Washington Middle School from 10:30am to 12:30pm. Children must be present in order to receive their lunch meal.

We appreciate your patience and understanding during this difficult time. Please continue to follow the recommendations from the health care agencies and minimize social contact as much as possible.

Thank you for your understanding and collaboration as we make decisions for the health and welfare of our students, staff and community. Together we will successfully navigate these uncertain times. Please visit our website at lahabraschools.org for updated information.

Respectfully,
Joanne Culverhouse
Superintendent


Update March, 12 2020

Dear La Habra City School District Families:
The La Habra City School District is committed to the health and safety of our students, staff, and community. We are closely monitoring recommendations from the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), California Department of Public Health (CDPH), Orange County Health Care Agency (OCHCA) and the Orange County Department of Education (OCDE) in preventing the spread of the Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19). Thank you for your diligence in adhering to the preventative measures to help stop the spread of COVID-19. I want to reassure you that at this time, there are no known cases of COVID-19 among any District students and staff. Regular instruction continues as planned and the District continues to closely monitor this evolving situation.

Newly issued guidelines from Governor Newsom and the California Department of Public Health (CDPH) have recommended the postponement or cancellation of all non-essential events and non-essential travel. In accordance with these recommendations, all field trips, after-school events, scheduled Open Houses and assemblies are postponed at this time. Kidzone, School Readiness, and ASES programs will remain open. We know our families and students have been looking forward to these events and trips, but the health and safety of our students and staff are of paramount importance.

I want to remind you of the importance of practicing preventative measures outlined by the CDC:

  • Good hygiene: Wash your hands thoroughly with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, cover coughs and sneezes, and stay home if you notice symptoms of illness. Keep unwashed hands out of eyes, mouth and nose. Students with fevers should not return to school until they are fever-free for 24 hours without fever-reducing medication.
  • Limit contact: The CDC urges people to avoid close contact with people who are sick and to avoid touching our eyes, nose and mouth.
  • Clean spaces: Clean and disinfect surfaces and frequently touched objects.
  • Stay updated: The CDC is constantly updating its website including accurate information on confirmed cases in the U.S. You can visit the CDC website by clicking here.
  • Masks: The CDC has indicated people who are well should not rely on facemasks to protect themselves from any respiratory disease, although they are advised for health care workers.

We continue to monitor and assess any and all new developments. In the event COVID-19 is identified in our District boundaries, we may implement further actions such as changes to daily schedules, temporary school dismissals, and/or school closures. We will keep you informed if any of these changes become necessary. Principals will communicate to their school communities regarding postponed or canceled events and activities. We thank you all for your continued partnership to help ensure the health and welfare of our students and community. Please continue to visit lahabraschools.org/covid19 for updates and information.

Sincerely,

Joanne Culverhouse, Ed.D.
Superintendent


Update March, 12 2020

Update March 12: The La Habra City School District is aware of the newly issued guidelines from Governor Newsome and the California Department of Public Health.  The District will follow all guidelines and provide an update to our community shortly.  Similar to all Orange County K-12 school districts, there has been no guidance to close schools.  Schools remain open.  Visit cdph.ca.gov for more information and lahabraschools.org/covid19  for LHCSD updates and information. 


Update March, 05 2020

Dear La Habra City School District Parents, Guardians and Community Members,

 

The health and wellness of our students, staff, and community is a top priority. We continue to work closely with the Orange County Department of Education and the Center for Disease Control and Prevention to monitor the latest developments on the coronavirus. 

In an effort to decrease the risks of spreading the coronavirus, wall mounted antibacterial dispensers, are being installed at each school. Our custodial teams are disinfecting all door hardware, restrooms, and sinks daily and the transportation department is disinfecting the buses nightly.

 Working together, we will continue to keep our students safe. Please continue to monitor our website for updated information at lahabraschools.org.

Sincerely,

Dr. Joanne Culverhouse

Spanish - Español

Estimados Padres, Tutores y Miembros de la Comunidad del Distrito Escolar de La Habra,

La salud y bienestar de nuestros estudiantes, personal educativo y de la comunidad es una prioridad importante para nosotros.  Continuamos trabajando con el Departamento de Educación al igual que con el Centro de Control de Enfermedades y Prevención para observar el desarrollo del coronavirus.

En un esfuerzo por disminuir los riesgos de propagación del coronavirus, se están instalando dispensadores de jabón antibacterial instalados en la pared en cada escuela. Nuestros equipos de conserjes desinfectan todas las perillas de las puertas, baños y lavamanos diariamente, como también el departamento de transporte desinfecta los autobuses todas las noches.

Trabajando juntos, continuaremos manteniendo a nuestros estudiantes seguros. Por favor sigan revisando nuestro sitio web, lahabráschools.org para obtener información actualizada.

Sinceramente,

Dr. Joanne Culverhouse


March 02, 2020

Dear Parents and Guardians,
 
The La Habra School District continues to closely monitor the coronavirus, also known as COVID-19, situation.  All schools in the La Habra City School District remain open.
 
As you may be aware, the County of Orange has declared a local health emergency to prepare for COVID-19.  The Orange County Health Care Agency continues to engage and monitor the rapidly changing worldwide response to COVID-19. For updates as they pertain to the La Habra City School District, please visit our website at lahabraschools.org.
 
The disease has spread to other countries and the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) has issued new travel warnings with increased concern for South Korea, Japan and Italy. Travel warnings for China have not changed, and the CDC has lowered their level of concern for travel to Hong Kong and Taiwan.  Additional detail about these warnings can be found on the CDC website.
 
The CDC also recently shared that the coronavirus almost certainly will begin spreading in communities in the United States, and Americans should begin preparations now. The La Habra City School District is working with county health officials to establish protocols for schools in the event that coronavirus does spread in Orange County.  More information will be shared as this plan develops.  In the meantime, current information about the coronavirus is available on the CDC, California Department of Public Health and O.C. Health Care Agency websites.
 
As a reminder, if your child is sick, please keep him/her home from school. To help prevent the spread of respiratory viruses, including the coronavirus and flu, follow these important tips:
 

  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. If soap and water are not available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.
  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
  • Stay home when you are sick.
  • Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash.
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces.
  • Individuals with chronic health issues and/or individuals experiencing severe symptoms should be evaluated by a medical professional.
  • Get your flu shot every year.

 
Additionally, the California Department of Public Health does not recommend the use of face masks for general prevention and says that handwashing provides better protection from infectious diseases.
 
The La Habra City School District will continue to monitor the situation and provide updates as necessary.  We thank you for your cooperation and support.


 
Sincerely,
 
Joanne Culverhouse, Ed.D.  
Superintendent
La Habra City School District

 

Spanish - Español

 

Queridos Padres y Tutores Legales,
 
El Distrito Escolar de la Ciudad de La Habra continúa monitoreando de cerca la situación del coronavirus, también conocido como COVID-19. Todas las escuelas en el distrito escolar de la ciudad de La Habra permanecen abiertas.
 
Como usted podría ya saber, el Condado de Orange ha declarado una emergencia local para prepararse para COVID-19.  La Agencia de Atención Médica del Condado de Orange continúa comprometiéndose y monitoreando la respuesta mundial que cambia rápidamente a COVID-19. Para actualizaciones relacionadas con el Distrito Escolar de la Ciudad de La Habra, visite nuestro sitio web en lahabraschools.org.
 
La enfermedad se ha extendido a otros países y los Centros para el Control de Enfermedades (CDC, por sus siglas en inglés) han emitido nuevas advertencias de viaje con mayor preocupación por Corea del Sur, Japón e Italia.  Las advertencias de viaje para China no han cambiado, y los CDC han reducido su nivel de preocupación para viajar a Hong Kong y Taiwán.  Se pueden encontrar detalles adicionales sobre estas advertencias en el sitio web de los CDC.
 
Los CDC también compartieron recientemente que el coronavirus seguramente comenzará a propagarse en las comunidades de los Estado Unidos, y los estadounidenses deberían comenzar los preparativos ahora.  El Distrito Escolar de la Ciudad de La Habra está trabajando con los funcionarios de salud del condado para establecer protocolos para las escuelas en caso de que el coronavirus se propague en el Condado de Orange.  Se compartirá más información a medida que se desarrolle este plan.  Mientras tanto, la información actual sobre el coronavirus está disponible en los sitios web de los CDC, del Departamento de Salud Pública de California, y del Agencia de Salud Pública del Condado de Orange.
 
Como recordatorio, si su hijo está enfermo, por favor no lo envíe a la escuela, manténgalo en casa.  Para ayudar a prevenir la propagación de virus respiratorios, incluyendo el coronavirus y la gripe, siga estos consejos importantes:
 

  • Lávese las manos con frecuencia con agua y jabón durante al menos 20 segundos.  Si no hay agua y jabón disponibles, use un desinfectante para manos a base de alcohol.
  • Evite tocarse los ojos, la nariz y la boca con las manos sucias.  
  • Evite el contacto cercano con personas que están enfermas.
  • Quédese en casa cuando esté enfermo.
  • Cúbrase la tos o estornudo con un pañuelo desechable, luego tírelo a la basura.
  • Limpie y desinfecte objetos y superficies que se tocan con frecuencia.
  • Las personas con problemas de salud crónicas y/o las personas que experimentan síntomas graves deben ser evaluados por un profesional médico.
  • Vacúnese contra la gripe cada año.
  • Además, el Departamento de Salud Pública de California no recomienda el uso de mascarillas para la prevención general y dice que el lavado de manos provee una mejor protección contra las enfermedades infecciosas.
     
    El Distrito Escolar de la Ciudad de La Habra continuará monitoreando la situación y proveerá actualizaciones según sea necesario.  Agradecemos su cooperación y apoyo.
     
    Atentamente,
     
    Joanne Culverhouse, Ed.D.
    Superintendente
    Districto escolar de la Ciudad de La Habra

     

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