MBUSD: Parents Needed For Committees On How To Reopen Schools

Liz Spear

The Manhattan Beach Unified School District is recruiting parents to serve on steering committees tasked with helping the district determine how schools should reopen for the 2020-2021 school year. Schools have been closed since early March when the district sent kids home and switched to virtual learning due to the coronavirus. Now MBUSD is looking to reopen its eight schools.

Parents can volunteer for either of two subcommittees: one will deal with elementary schools, the other with the district's middle and high schools. Applicants who are accepted to a subcommittee will be notified by email on Thursday, June 11 if they are selected to participate.

"No matter what we do in the fall, it will be different from our distance learning experience we have experienced since March 16," writes MBUSD Superintendent Michael Matthews in his latest message online.

The school district has gathered data from surveying parents and found that 20% of parents who responded are not willing to send their children to school due to COVID-19. He said that number may change over time as we get closer to the school year, which is set to begin Wednesday, August 26.

Members of the subcommittees will include teachers, counselors, special education staff, parents, office staff, high school students, custodians, a nurse, security, and a representative of Manhattan Beach Preschool and the Extended Day Program. Each subcommittee will have 39 people on it.

The MBUSD Board of Trustees directed staff to form the two subcommittees at its June 3 meeting. Interested parents can apply on online for the elementary subcommittee and the secondary subcommittee.

This year's school end date is Thursday, June 11.

This article originally appeared on the Manhattan Beach Patch