MANHATTAN BEACH, CA —
December 31, 2020
Hello MBUSD Parents and Guardians,
In a special board meeting this morning, I recommended that the Board consider delaying the re-opening of our K-12 in-person programs until at least January 11, and possibly until January 19. I presented background information that included:
Information about the continued surge of cases in LA County and in our community
New guidance from LACDPH about travel outside of Southern California and possible impact on staffing
A recommendation from Beach Cities Health District to consider delaying reopening for two weeks
After a robust and thoughtful discussion, the Board voted 4-1 in favor of the following:
EDP will resume on Tuesday, January 5
Preschool childcare will resume on Tuesday, January 5
All TK-2 and High Need Hybrid students will resume distance learning on Tuesday, January 5
TK-2 in-person instruction will resume Wednesday, January 13, with the following schedule:
TK-2 Cohort A students will attend in-person on Wednesday, January 13, campuses will be closed on Thursday, January 14, and TK-2 Cohort B students will attend in-person on Friday, January 15
Any students or employees who are traveling outside of the Southern California area must return home and begin self-quarantine by January 3 in order to be able to participate in in-person instruction on January 13
TK-2 in-person instruction will shift to the AA/BB model (two mornings a week on campus for students and four mornings for teachers) beginning the week of January 19:
Monday and Tuesday mornings Cohort A on campus for learning
Wednesday synchronous and asynchronous at-home learning
Thursday and Friday mornings Cohort B on campus for learning
The District will strive for a February 1 transition to an AM/PM model
High Need Hybrid in-person instruction will begin on Wednesday, January 13, and Friday, January 15 (with no in-person instruction on Thursday, January 14), and then these programs will return to their regular in-person schedules beginning on January 19.
Athletic conditioning will resume on Wednesday, January 13
Like many other decisions during this difficult time, this is frustrating news for some, and welcome news for others. I appreciate the Board’s readiness to respond thoughtfully to new information as it arrives, and I support the Board’s decision. I will provide additional information in my next Monday Morning Message on January 4.
I hope you all find a way to safely celebrate kicking this 2020 year to the curb, and I look forward to a better 2021.
Mike Matthews, Ed.D.
Manhattan Beach Unified School District
325 S. Peck Avenue
Manhattan Beach, CA 90266