School Board Votes To Keep EDP, Preschool, Athletics On Campuses

Liz Spear

MANHATTAN BEACH, CA —

Hello everyone,

At last night’s Board Meeting, the Board considered four recommendations, all of which were outlined in my January 10 email to the community. There were many public comments, and the Board held a lengthy and thorough discussion on each of the recommendations. Below I have listed my recommendations and the Board’s decision on each.

Recommendation #1: Delay the re-opening of in-person schooling for TK-2 Hybrid until February 1, 2021.

  • The Board voted to delay the return of TK-2 Hybrid to February 1. In the week of February 1, students will attend two mornings per week for one week (Phase 2), then after one week, students will move to the AM/PM model, attending four days a week in the morning or the afternoon.

Recommendation #2: Delay the re-opening of in-person schooling for High Need Hybrid until February 1, 2021, with the exception of SDC and Preschool services, which would restart on January 19, 2021.

  • The Board voted to confirm this recommendation.

Recommendation #3: Delay the re-opening of in-person Athletic Conditioning until February 1, 2021.

  • The Board voted to continue athletic conditioning for MCHS students, making it clear that in light of the status of COVID spread in the community, coaches and students may choose whether or not to attend. Mira Costa staff are communicating this out to coaches, with cohorts resuming conditioning activities as early as next Tuesday.

Recommendation #4: Continue Special Education assessments and Child Care/EDP.

  • The Board voted to confirm this recommendation.

Thank you. I will provide my next update on Tuesday of next week.

Monday, of course, is a national holiday honoring the life and work of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. I hope we can all take time in the day to reflect not only on the progress inspired by the work of Dr. King and so many other civil rights leaders, but also on the work that lies in front of us to protect our democracy and to continue to address the immense inequities and challenges that are still all too real in our country. I encourage each of us to think about what we can do on this National Day of Service and throughout our lives to effect this change.

Thank you and stay safe,

Mike Matthews
MBUSD Superintendent

This article originally appeared on the Manhattan Beach Patch