El Monte City School District to Implement Distance Learning Model

The decision to start school in this format does not come easy; however, we do not feel
that we can safely open schools given the current increase in the number of COVID-19
cases in Los Angeles County. The health and safety of our students, staff, and
community continue to be a priority, and we must do what is best for our school
Distance Learning Program

Our Distance Learning Program is one of several instructional models developed this
summer in preparation for the new school year. This model builds on lessons learned
during our shift to distance learning in March, blending rigorous, comprehensive online
instruction with engaging activities, office hours, and family support and guidance.

The program includes high expectations for our student performance – in keeping with
El Monte City School District’s standard for excellence – as well as ensuring that
students have the tools and resources they need to be successful.

When conditions allow the return to in-person instruction, we will be prepared to make
this shift. We will continue to communicate our plans as this situation evolves.
First Day of Instruction - August 20, 2020

As part of our transition to the Distance Learning Program, we will delay the start of the
school year by two days and begin Thursday, August 20, 2020. These extra days will
ensure our systems are in place, and families have the information and tools they need
for their children to be successful.

During the weeks to come, our teams will identify resources to assist our families,
including childcare support, nutrition, and counseling. In addition, we will reach out once
again to ensure our students have the technological tools and supplies required for the
Distance Learning Program.
New Communications Platform

To assist with communicating information on our instructional program and community
resources, El Monte City School District is adopting a new communications platform
called ParentSquare. ParentSquare will allow teachers to communicate directly with
students and families, as well as for our District messages to reach you in a reliable,
consistent manner. Look for more information on that in the days to come.

Succeeding Together

I would like to thank our incredible school community for your ongoing support and
patience as we navigate through these unprecedented challenges. Throughout this
health crisis, our teachers, staff, students, and community have shown remarkable
resilience and strength. We are committed to the success of all of our students.
We look forward to your ongoing partnership and continued support.

Dr. Maribel Garcia, Superintendent